'Saturday Night Live' Premiere: Everything to Know About Season 44

Saturday nights are about to get a little funnier now that Saturday Night Live is finally returning to NBC. Following a highly successful Season 43, which landed the show a 2018 Emmy for outstanding variety sketch series, Season 44 is set to premiere Saturday.

The show revealed the upcoming roster of hosts and guests for the first few weeks of the season. SNL's premiere will kick off with host Adam Driver and performances by Kanye West. Awkwafina, Seth Meyers, Travis Scott and Paul Simon will appear in the weeks to follow.

While some cast shake-ups have occurred since SNL's summer hiatus—Season 43 newbie Luke Null won't return to the show—the show's major players are all expected to return: Kenan Thompson, Michael Che, Colin Jost, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney and Cicly Strong. Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner, who joined the show last season with Null, will also be back.

The network recently said comedian Ego Nwodim will join SNL as a featured player. Nwodim, a longtime performer at Los Angeles's renowned Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, is likely replacing Null following his one-year stint.

"Weekend Update" will continue to be headed by this year's Emmy hosts, Jost and Che, who signed on as SNL co-head writers for Season 44.

Jost previously worked in the writer's room, serving as a staff writer when he first joined the show in 2005 and a writing supervisor from 2009 to 2012. He was promoted to co-head writer in 2012 but stepped down from that position in 2015. Meanwhile, Che is marking his first time as a co-head writer. Kent Sublette, a longtime writer for SNL, will also serve as co-head writer.

Season 44 premieres Saturday at 11:30 p.m. EST on NBC.

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