10:00am PT by Rick Porter
'Saturday Night Live' Returns to Studio for 46th Season
Saturday Night Live is getting back into the studio to start its 46th season on NBC.
The sketch comedy series has set Oct. 3 for its season premiere, once again airing live across the country at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT. NBC says the show will return to its home base in Rockefeller Center's Studio 8H to kick off the season.
The premiere will mark the first in-studio edition of SNL in nearly seven months. The show's last episode before the coronavirus pandemic shut down production aired on March 7, with Daniel Craig hosting. Three remote editions of the show, with cast members and musical guests all performing from their homes, closed out the season in the spring.
In keeping with the show's usual m.o., little else about the season premiere is known. SNL typically doesn't announce its first list of hosts, or which cast members are returning and who's joining the ensemble, until closer to its airdate.
The show's return to in-studio production follows that of a number of other late-night programs. NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers have both resumed taping at 30 Rock, and CBS' Late Show and Late Late Show have done the same at their respective studios — although Late Show host Stephen Colbert is filming from a replica of his office at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater rather than in the theater itself. Jimmy Kimmel is set to return to his ABC late-night show on Sept. 21 after a summer break.
SNL has a much larger cast than any of those shows, and more moving parts with multiple sketches and musical performances. NBC isn't yet sharing details on how the show will accommodate COVID-19 safety precautions.