When “Saturday Night Live” ushers in its new season, Tina Fey, Miley Cyrus, Katie Perry and Lady Gaga could shake things up during the late night institution’s 39th season. As of Sept. 11, Tina Fey, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus are all confirmed. According to TV Line, Lady Gaga may return to “SNL” for her third appearance, this time serving as both host and musical guest, like Justin Timberlake pulled off successfully last season.
Viewers can expect big changes in the fall because “SNL” staples Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis have already exited stage left. Seth Meyers, who hosts the popular “Weekend Update” segment, may soon follow as he prepares for his own late night talk show that premieres in February.
The season’s first host is Tina Fey, who appeared as an “SNL” regular from 1997-2006. She left to star in “30 Rock,” which ended its 7-year run last spring. Fey, a 7-time Emmy Award winner, will be joined by musical guest Arcade Fire for the season premiere on Sept. 28.
Miley Cyrus will also hit Studio 8H when when she hosts “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 5. She shocked millions and sparked criticism at the 2013 MTV VMAs when she twerked and performed raucously with Robin Thicke. Her latest music video for “Wrecking Ball" broke One Direction’s record for most views. According to CBS News on Sept. 10, her video hit 12.3 million views on Tuesday. Amidst a swarm of controversy, she’s now headed to “SNL.” In addition to hosting the second week, she’ll also perform as the night’s musical guest.
Week three marks another big night. Pop superstar Katy Perry will perform as musical guest when Bruce Willis hosts. She's sure to promote her upcoming album "Prism," which releases nationwide on Oct. 22. In Dec. 2011, Perry stepped out from behind the microphone to host “SNL.” Her best sketch of the night was the digital short titled “Best Friends.” Katy and Adam Samberg played best friends who caroled together, ate Cornish hens and watched “The Lion King.” Alec Baldwin made a pop-up appearance during the hilarious sketch.
The biggest and most recent news is that Lady Gaga may make her hosting debut on “SNL” this season. Mother Monster was a musical guest in 2009 and 2011, but this time around it’s reported that she may also serve as host for the first time ever. According to E News, her hosting debut is all part of her promotional push for her new album “Artpop,” which releases on Nov. 11. No date has been announced, but Nov. 9 or 16 would be very timely, indeed.
So, who would make a better “SNL” host – Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga? Cyrus seems desperate to shed her Disney “Hannah Montana” image. It all started with her shocking performance at the MTV VMAs and the ride has been downhill ever since. She’s the media’s “It Girl” of the moment, but not for good reasons. Lady Gaga, who’s been flying under the radar lately, has a huge legion of Little Monster fans. Her debut of “Applause” at the MTV VMAs went great and was well received. Cyrus will pull in big ratings simply because of her recent antics, but Lady Gaga is certainly no slouch. She’s more likely to actually be funny, rather than racy and rambunctious.
On Sept. 10, “SNL” alum Andy Samberg weighed in with his thoughts on both Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. He told E Online of Miley’s upcoming hosting gig, “It doesn’t surprise me at all. She’s a friend of the show. I wish Miley nothing but the best.” When asked about the possibility of Lady Gaga hosting, he replied, “She’ll kill it. She’s a funny lady and I like that she is fearless.”
The 39th season of “Saturday Night Live” premieres at 11:30 p.m. EST on Sept. 26 on NBC. To get set, here are 10 fun trivia facts about "SNL" from IMDB.
- “Saturday Night Live” has been nominated 171 times and has been awarded 36 Emmys. “SNL” holds the record for most Emmy noms, followed by “ER” (124) and “Cheers” (117).
- Darrell Hammond holds the record for the number of seasons as a cast member (1995-2009), the oldest cast member (53 in his final season), and the number of times saying "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" (70).
- Contrary to popular belief, Steve Martin was never a cast member on the show. The misconception stems from the fact that he has hosted the show 15 times, in addition to doing occasional surprise appearances.
- Tina Fey was the first female head writer in the show's history.
- Beginning in 1995, the "Saturday Night Live" logo used the abbreviation "SNL," which became how the show was known.
- Candice Bergen was the first female host, the first person to host the show for a second time, and the first woman to host five times. Drew Barrymore has also hosted five times, her first being in 1982.
- Cast members Bill Murray, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman and Mike Myers all won writing Emmys for "SNL."
- Prior to joining the SNL band, G.E. Smith was the guitarist for Daryl Hall and John Oates.
- The series was originally commissioned to have just six episodes.
- There have been three sets of brothers who have been cast members on "SNL": John and James Belushi, Dan and Peter Aykroyd, and Bill and Brian Doyle-Murray.
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