When Is 'Saturday Night Live' Coming Back for Fall 2020?

Saturday nights at home are about to get a lot more entertaining now that NBC's award-winning sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live is set to return.

The 46th season of the Lorne Michaels creation is slated to premiere on the network on October 20, according to a Deadline report, and will return to its original home set, Studio 8H, inside New York City's Rockefeller Center.

However, production will likely take place with a limited audience or perhaps without one at all.

Back in July, Variety published a report claiming that Michaels was pushing to resume filming SNL at its home base in a "controlled environment" following Season 45's conclusion, which featured a number of at-home sketches compiled and performed by the cast. With a Season 46 premiere date weeks away, the gang will finally be reunited in the same space likely with Michaels and a few camera operators to keep up with social distancing.

When Does 'Saturday Night Live' Return?
Lorne Michaels and cast and crew of 'Saturday Night Live' accept the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series award for 'Saturday Night Live' onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The last episode of SNL to be taped inside of the studio was just before coronavirus lockdowns took effect in March when Daniel Craig hosted an episode of the show. Not long after SNL moved to a distanced form of a program. They weren't alone, dozens of other shows that are typically filmed in front of a live audience including the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! had to make similar adjustments.

SNL took a brief hiatus before the finished off Season 45 with sketches cast members created from their own homes, which aired via live video. The at-home style shows strayed from the usual SNL host format, but did feature a slew of special guests who appeared via video from their remote locations like Tom Hanks, who delivered the opening monologue of the very first SNL At Home after recovering from his own bout of the virus. Brad Pitt, Kristen Wiig, Martin Short and Paul Rudd were among the several celebrities to be featured as well.

No news regarding the first host or live musical guest for SNL's 46th season have been revealed as of yet, but there are some changes viewers can look forward too.

There will likely be a lot more skits and sketches featuring Ego Nwodim on SNL when it returns now that the comedian has been promoted to repertory player along with Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor. Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang are set to return as featured players for their second season.