'SNL' Premieres With Host Seth MacFarlane and Musical Guest Frank Ocean September 15

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August 29th, 2012

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September 22 – Joseph Gordon-Levitt/ Mumford & Sons; October 6 – Daniel Craig/ Muse

New York, NY – August 29, 2012 – SNL enters its 38th season on September 15 with host Seth MacFarlane. The Emmy Award-winning comedian and "Family Guy" creator recently directed and lent his voice to the blockbuster feature film, “Ted,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.

Frank Ocean will also make his SNL debut alongside MacFarlane. Ocean released his studio debut album “Channel Orange,” in July 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. He originally gained notoriety within the industry for his writing collaborations with top artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyonce.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt returns on September 22 for his second time as host. The Golden Globe nominated actor will next be seen in “Looper” and Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln,” due out later this year.

Mumford & Sons will make their debut as musical guest on September 22. The Grammy nominated group’s second studio album, “Babel” will be released on September 24. Their debut album, “Sigh No More,” reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart.

On October 6, Daniel Craig will take his turn as host. Craig will reprise his role as “James Bond” in the legendary franchise due out with a new feature film, “Skyfall,” on November 9.

Muse will make their second appearance on October 6 after the release of their sixth studio album, “The 2nd Law” due out October 2. Muse's last album, “The Resistance” debuted at number one in 19 countries and earned the band a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

"Saturday Night Live" is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.

  • Joe

    Yesssssssss i knew i t finaly yeahh go seth well i am preety sure thats becuz box office hit TED wich UNIVERSAL picked up but it was about damn time seth is a great comedian and Family Guy is awesome

  • Steven

    So for three weeks we have three male host and three all male musicians/groups! Seems like a little more testosterone than I wanted from SNL. Would it have killed them to give us a female in there? Also, I can’t see Seth bringing in the premiere numbers like a lot of other choices could have.

  • CJWoods

    Seth is awesome. He won’t bring Alec Baldwin or Steve Martin numbers, but I’m sure it’ll do pretty good

  • Ralph Hahn

    Seth and Daniel Craig are the only people that I’m familiar with among the hosts and groups named for the upcoming month. And, I’ve been watching,(on & off) since the second show of the first season in 1975. Now, SNL desires only people who are the age of our children and grandchildren.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @CJWoods: I’d still watch Steve Martin in just about everything. But, isn’t everyone tired of Alec Baldwin? He’s the most over-exposed actor on television.

    BTW…they should have released the names of the cast for the 2012-13 season. I believe several people, including Kristen Wiig, have left the show.

  • Joe

    @Ralph Hahn

    Yes Kristen and Any Samberg for sure Jason Sudeikis is probably leaving too

  • Daw Johnson @ Ralph

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt became pretty big with 500 Days of Summer and Inception. He’s not a major A-lister, but he’s a name.

    As for the bands, though, they’re all pretty popular–not at all like some of the obscure ones this past season. Mumford & Sons are all the rage, while Muse has been one of the biggest worldwide bands and a pretty well-known band in the US for at least the past 5 years.

  • Pete Carroll

    Please bring Ted with him!

  • Chris L

    @Ralph Hahn

    Pretty sure SNL only desired viewers of that age back in the ’70s as well. You just didn’t mind back then because you were one of them.

  • EatMorePez


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 31-years-old. Not exactly a kid. He was also in a movie called The Dark Knight Rises which you may have heard of. (It made a little money at the box office.)

  • Nick

    Definitely agree, they should have thrown some females in there! I wish someone like Alanis Morissette was on!

  • Dave

    ^ Yeah, she has a new album out, Havoc and Bright Lights. It’s incredible. She would have been the perfect musical guest

  • MJDB

    Yes, yes, yes I think that alongside Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, Seth MacFarlene is the funniest guy on tv with Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, and Ted was the best comedy of the year so far to me

  • bluelp85

    Don’t forget Gordon-Levitt has been around since at least 1996 when a little show called 3rd Rock from the Sun premiered. Probably first time in a while I want to see all three weeks of SNL.

  • Ricky

    Sounds like a sucky way to debut the season, but the second and third episodes look promising enough to make up for it.

    And best of all, NO MORE KRISTEN WIIG! Wahoo! :D


  • bluelp85

    @Ricky, I feel the same way about Andy Samberg leaving, yay! Hopefully they cleaned more house than just with those three leaving.

  • Ricky

    @bluelp85: Agreed re: Andy Samberg. But I’m disappointed that Jason Sudeikis is leaving too. He’s one of my favorites.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Chris L: During the first five seasons with most of the original SNL “Not Ready For Prime Time Players,” the show featured a variety of star hosts and presented a varied line-up of musical tastes for people of all ages.

    @Daw Johnson: Yes, I HAVE heard of “The Dark Night Rises” but not of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That sounds more like a producer’s name than an actor’s.

    Eatmoreprez: You say that Levitt is 31, “not exactly a kid.” Days from my 59th birthday, he’s still a kid to me. There are plenty of young people out there with outstanding talent, so it’s not a generation-gap thing to me. It’s just that Madison Avenue “18-49″ mindset that demands new for the sake of new. There are plenty of musicians and comedians, younger & older, who can produce something that entertains all ages.

    Kristen has been on the show for awhile, and when other women left a few years ago, she was the only cast member who a “not ready for prime-time player,” not counting then women who are “featured stars.” (Someone who MAY get to head up a scene once a month. Andy Samberg: I will miss his films within SNL, but not him personally. He’s Adam Sandler’s son or younger brother and I don’t care for Sambler at all.

    God, I hope that NBC and Lorne Michaels’ production company has invested in a new set. The same “Grand Central” set must have been used for more than a decade now.

  • Ralph Hahn

    >>> Kristen has been on the show for awhile, and when other women left a few years ago, she was the only *FEMALE* cast member who was a “not ready for prime-time player,” not counting the women who are “featured stars.” Meaning they get lucky if they are in one sketch once a month. <<<<

    *** ADDING the word *FEMALE*.

  • Ricky

    @Ralph Hahn: If you haven’t figured it out by now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the guy who played John Blake (the one from Gotham PD who figured out Bane was planning to blow the concrete pillars and trap the rest of the police in the sewers). He’s also in a lot of other movies now, too – like “Premium Rush” and, as mentioned in the press release, “Looper” and Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

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