When Does 'Saturday Night Live' Season 44 Premiere? 'SNL' Returns This Fall

After a summer of Saturday night reruns, NBC finally announced the return date for the beloved sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. The new season will kick off right in time for fall on September 29 during its usual timeslot of 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

While viewers got to see the likes of Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover, Gal Gadot, Kumail Nanjani and several others break out their comedic chops during the last season of SNL, comedy lovers will get a fresh rotation of hosts and performers for Season 44 as well as a brand new fix of "Weekend Updates," sketches and skits.

Celebrity guest hosts and performers have yet to be revealed. Although SNL did ask fans to drop suggestions of entertainers they’d like to see host and perform on the show during the upcoming season.

The network hasn’t revealed any major changes to the cast either, aside from Luke Null, whose departure was announced earlier in August.

Null joined the cast back for the 2017-2018 primetime TV season alongside newcomers Heidi Gardner and Chris Redd. He made few appearances during his short time on the show, but had some standout skits including “Late For Class,” in which he played an obnoxiously rowdy high school student, and “Horns,” where he portrayed a heavy metal rocker looking to have his head implants removed from his skull.

A twitter post on Null’s social media caused some speculation the comedian returned to Chicago, where he performed with the famous improvisation group Newport Hounds before landing the gig on SNL. It’s unclear exactly what caused Null’s departure from the NBC show.

Heidi and Redd are expected to return for the time being, along with resident SNL cast members including Kenan Thompson, Michael Che, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney and Cecily Strong.

While fans count down the weeks until all the new episodes air on NBC, they can tune into the last few SNL flashbacks, including late Senator John McCain's 2008 hosting-episode with guest performers The White Stripes, which is slated to air on Saturday.

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