Is 'SNL' New Tonight? What to Expect From the Latest Season 48 Episode

Michelle Stein - Author

May 6 2023, Updated 1:54 p.m. ET

'SNL' cast for Season 48
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Following a great first half of Season 48, Saturday Night Live (SNL) started strong in the New Year with incredible guest hosts. Aubrey Plaza kicked off 2023 as SNL's first guest host following the holidays, with Sam Smith as the musical guest. And basically, we bowed down to the awesome episode.

So, will there be another new episode tonight, on May 6? Let's take a closer look at what fans can expect from the current season.

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Is 'SNL' new tonight, May 6, 2023?

We have some bad news to share for those who are diehard fans of sketch comedy series: SNL is probably not new tonight, May 6, 2023.

NBC is likely to air a repeat due to the current writer's strike. At time of writing, we don't know when SNL will resume new episodes, with no end in sight to the strike.

Pete Davidson attends The 2023 Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023 in New York City
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Pete Davidson, a former cast member, had been slated to host the show on May 6. Instead, the star ended up doling out food to writers in Brooklyn, New York, saying to the crowd, “Gotta support the writers … No shows without the writers, man.”

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How many episodes are left in Season 48 of 'SNL'?

Other than Aubrey, Michael B. Jordan also graced our screens as a host on SNL in 2023, with Lil Baby serving as the musical guest.

Season 47 wrapped up with a finale in May, so we hope the writers reach a resolution and fans get a finale before this season is over.

The Season 48 cast is made up of familiar faces that we can't get enough of, including Michael Che (who is rumored to be leaving incidentally), the hilarious Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, whose impressions of Jennifer Coolidge just make us happy, as well as Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, with this rumored to be his last season on the show, and our favorite deadpan comedian Bowen Yang.

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Meanwhile, featured players on the show include Andrew Dismukes, Marcello Hernandez, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, Sarah Sherman (who used to be known as Sarah Squirm), and Devon Walker.

SNL Season 47 ended with four long-term cast members leaving: Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, and Pete Davidson. Cecily Strong bid the show adieu in January of 2023.

Watch SNL on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC.

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