When Does 'Saturday Night Live' Return? The Weekend Staple Isn't Far Off

Saturday nights are about to get a little bit more normal. Soon we'll all be able to resume our favorite weekend pastime—i.e. kicking back in our favorite comfy spot on the couch and getting in a few laughs with new episodes of Saturday Night Live. The 46th season premiere of the NBC sketch comedy show is just a week away.

SNL is set to return with new episodes on October 3 at its usually 11:30 p.m. ET timeslot, and what's even better, will be filmed from its home base of Studio 8H, inside New York City's Rockefeller Center. Viewers haven't seen the SNL cast or guest at their usual filming studio since Daniel Craig hosted an episode of the show back in March—right before the coronavirus pandemic upended life as Americans once knew it.

SNL alum Chris Rock will serve as the Season 46 premiere's host. While he's made dozens of cameos on SNL since departing from the cast in 1993—most recently Rock dropped by when his friend Eddie Murphy hosted the show in December 2016—his upcoming appearance will mark his fourth time hosting the show. Meanwhile, hip hop sensation Megan Thee Stallion will make her inaugural performance on the SNL stage.

Jim Carrey is set to take on the role of presidential candidate Joe Biden throughout the season in bits based on the 2020 election and soon-coming debates. It's unclear if he'll participate in the season opener.

When Does 'Saturday Night Live' Return?
(l-r) Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren, and Fred Armisen as Michael Bloomberg during the "Corona Virus" Cold Open on "Saturday Night Live" on February 29, 2020. "SNL" returns with Season 46 on October 3, 2020. Will Heath/NBC

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 and Ego Nwodim will return to their repertory players posts while Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang will join them for their sophomore year as featured cast members.

It's unclear how many episodes will run during the fall season of SNL, but show creator Lorne Michaels confirmed to New York Times that they will perform at least five shows in a row once the season debuts.

Although SNL wrapped up its 45th season in the spring with video episodes comprised of bits filmed by the cast members at their respective quarantine quarters, Michaels said he had no intention on starting Season 46 off similarly despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"We just had to go back. It's an election year. It's what we do. There are four [presidential and vice-presidential] debates in the month of October, and I was trying to figure out how to take a week off, but it didn't work out. So we'll do five shows in a row, which we've never done, and under these circumstances. Everybody has just thrown themselves into it. It's difficult, but we've done difficult a lot of times. Comedy, when there's a little danger involved, it doesn't necessarily suffer," he said in a Times interview released Thursday.

Michaels added: "Obviously, I take my responsibility for people's health and lives very seriously. But we did a show with anthrax in the building. We did a show after 9/11. That's what we've always done. To our audience, it's really important we show up."