'SNL' Closes Out its 38th Season With Three New Shows in May

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April 26th, 2013


via press release:

May 4 - Zach Galifianakis/ Of Monsters and Men; May 11 – Kristen Wiig/ Vampire Weekend; May 18 – Ben Affleck/ Kanye West

NEW YORK – April 26, 2013 – Zach Galifianakis returns to SNL for his third appearance as host. Galifianakis can next be seen in the highly anticipated “The Hangover Part III,” which hits theaters on May 24. Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men make their SNL debut. The band scored a Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Rock Album for “My Head Is an Animal,” and their platinum selling debut single “Little Talks” has topped the Billboard Alternative Chart.

Former cast member Kristen Wiig makes her hosting debut on May 11. The four-time Emmy nominated actress and Oscar nominated screenwriter appears in a string of upcoming films including “Girl Most Likely,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Joining Wiig is Vampire Weekend, returning to the SNL stage for their third appearance as musical guest. The Grammy nominated band’s upcoming album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” is set for a May 14 release.

Closing out the SNL season for his fifth time as host, Ben Affleck’s most recent directorial effort, “Argo,” won Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards and he can next be seen in “Runner Runner.” Kanye West also makes his fifth appearance as SNL’s musical guest. The 21-time Grammy Award winner’s newest album will be released later this year.

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

  • brandon

    KRISTEN WIIIIIIG! Best news I’ve heard all week.

  • Jake B

    Another 5 timers skit this season? Yeah I’m in.

  • Ryan

    Interesting that SNL will end this season with only 21 new eps produced vs. the 22 they’ve been doing for the past few years. Anyone know if this is due to Comcast/NBC budget cuts, etc? I know they had more to do with the election this year, but in 2008-09 same thing was true and they still managed 22 eps. The average number of new SNLs in non-strike years is about 20 so maybe they are just regressing to the mean.

  • Joseph

    “SNL” needs more firs-run episodes!

    How about three first-run episodes a month in September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May along with two first-run episodes in December, prior to the Christmas holidays.

    That would be 26 shows a year with one rerun most months (perhaps a couple of reruns over the Holidays).

    I also would prefer that “SNL” do one live show in early June, so they can spoof season finales of popular TV shows that aired a few weeks earlier.

  • Kyle R


    I don’t remember where I read this, but I read somewhere that someone a lot of the cast/crew are close to was having a wedding around this time and they decided to cut an episode. Take that with a grain of salt, but that’s what I read.

  • Frank

    You shouldn’t forget about the work load for one episode. A show requires a 6 day week and on Monday you have to be back on for another week with a maximum of 80 or 90 hours of work. That’s the reason why they are doing just two shows in a row (for most of the season).
    Just look at the April shows (for the last years!) which were mediocre at best. They are always running out of good ideas in spring each season and the show quality dives. Increasing the episode count per year would even get it worse.

    Anyway I’m hoping for 3 good shows at the end of the season. All host promise a good episode and usually they keep a few good ideas for the last ones.

  • networkman

    I really wanted to see Whoopi Goldberg host for the first time. As far as the music guests are concerned, I feel it would of been great to have Pink perform in the season finale over Kanye West. She already has a successful album out and at this time her song is #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Kanye’s album doesn’t come out until later in the year. He could perform on the season premiere in September.

  • Ryan

    Thanks @Kyle, that would make some sense I guess. It’ll never be more than 22 eps/yr because it never has been more than 22 eps (except for season one), and that’s because a) as @Frank alluded to, after up to 3 straight weeks going almost 24/7 preparing for and then doing shows the cast is fried and always needs a break, and the breaks are usually one-two weeks but sometimes up to three, and b) there is literally nothing else on 11:30pm Sat so the repeats do just fine anyway

  • Nick

    Good hosts, horrible musical guests. Boring as usual. They should have gotten a pop act in there like P!nk or Gaga.

  • Ralph Hahn

    “Bridesmaids,” what I thought was just another chick flick, made me laugh so hard. Kristen Wigg is proving to Tina Fey that she too can be creative behind the camera as well in front of it.

  • Crittab

    Wow. Going out with a masterful double-team of douchebaggery with Ben Affleck and Kanye… that’s going to be painful in a lot of ways.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @networkman: To me, Whoopie is so 80s and I am so sick of her liberal act. She and two others of “The View” pissed Barbara Walters off by walking off the show when Bill O’Reilly was on. He was one man with five women on the set.

    I’m pretty much burned out on her and the buddies, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. Staying with same old shtick for decades doesn’t work as well as it did years before.

  • jupiter

    is this the last season of snl just wondering becuase i did not here sbout renewal

  • dan

    Are they ever going to put on Neon Trees.

  • brutony

    Kristen Wiig is AWFUL! Couldnt wait for her to get his ass off of SNL, and now they HAVE to bring her back to Host? She RUINED Bridesmaids-all the rest of the movie was funny as hell, except for her parts!

  • Frank

    They already had Maroon 5, Rihanna, Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Bieber and Fun this season. Of course they could have gotten one more pop act but they didn’t had to.

    Maybe they wanted to have a double 5 Timers Club show with Affleck and West?!

    SNL isn’t renewed year by year; contracts are usually signe for multiple years and there a just few announcements after it. As long as Lorne is around the show will continue without a doubt.

  • dmccall

    Kanye West? BIG thud to an otherwise great lineup down the stretch.

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