Long-running late-night staple Saturday Night Live has been waning in popularity in recent years. With the election of President Trump, however, they’ve found a new voice and new fans in their scathing political satire. With Melissa McCarthy’s perfect turn playing Sean Spicer and fans begging Lorne Michaels to cast Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon, everyone’s talking about the show.
Usually, fans outside the Eastern time zone have to wait for the episode to air at 11:30pm local time, or catch clips of instant hit skits (like the amazing women’s history month sketch), but with a new announcement, the show is changing the way fans watch the show.
For the first time in its 40-year history, SNL will air live across all the country’s time zones. That means that while east coasters are watching the show at 11:30pm, fans in the Central zone will watch at 10:30, 9:30 Mountain and 8:30 Pacific. If you can’t watch in real time, have no fear. You’ll be able to catch the repeat at your regularly scheduled local 11:30 time slot.
The show also announced upcoming guests, and there are some major stars hitting the now live-in-all-time-zones broadcast. Jimmy Fallon will return to his old stomping grounds in mid-April, and we’ll have to wait two months for Melissa McCarthy to spend 90 minutes riding around in her Sean Spicer Segway (that’s what we’ll want to have happen, anyways, right?). Chris Pine (AKA Chris Fine) is hosting May 6, and the season will be closing with Dwayne Johnson on May 20.
The SNL resurgence has been incredible this year, and we can hardly wait to see what the show has in store for the rest of the season.
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