Following a rollercoaster ride of an election season — during which the episodes practically wrote themselves — Saturday Night Live (SNL) officially returned from their winter break on Jan. 15, 2022. Ariana DeBose kicked off 2022 as SNL's first guest host, with Bleachers as the musical guest.
So, will there be another new episode tonight, on May 21? Let's take a closer look at what fans can expect from the current season.
Is 'SNL' new tonight, May 21, 2022?
We have some news to share for those who are diehard fans of sketch comedy series: SNL is new tonight, May 21, 2022!
Tonight's episode of SNL will be the Season 47 finale. The episode will feature actress Natasha Lyonne, best known for her roles in Orange is the New Black and Russian Doll on Netflix. The musical guest will be Japanese Breakfast, better known as author Michelle Zauner.
Season 47 of the show had a wide variety of hosts, such as Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek, Elon Musk, Benedict Cumberbatch, Selena Gomez and SNL alum Jason Sudeikis.
How many episodes are in Season 47 of 'SNL'?
The first half of Season 47 was 10 episodes and the second half was 11 episodes. Typically, seasons of the show average mostly between 20 and 22 episodes overall, with some stopping at 18 and others going up to 24.
Season 47 will officially end on May 21, 2022, but rest assured, SNL has been picked up for a Season 48, which will likely begin airing in Fall 2022.
This season, fans were introduced to the Please Don't Destroy troupe, whose digital shorts have garnered critical acclaim for their wacky yet hilarious antics. Also during Season 47, new featured players include Aristotle Athari, Andrew Dismukes, James Austin Johnson, Punkie Johnson and Sarah Sherman.
There were also some switch-ups in the writer's room, when the show hired thirteen new writers: Mike DiCenzo, Billy Domineau, Alex English, Martin Herlihy, John Higgins, Vanessa Jackson, Tesha Kondrat, Ben Marshall, Jake Nordwind, Ben Silva, Rosebud Baker, Clare O'Kane and Nicole Sun.
Sadly, SNL Season 47 will end with four long-term cast members leaving: Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson. Hopefully, however, that means new talent will appear during Season 48 in the fall.
Watch SNL on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC.