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‘Saturday Night Live’ to resume live shows in October

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Live from New York … it’s finally Saturday night!

SNL will return to its iconic studio at 30 Rockefeller Center and resume live, in-person broadcasting on Oct. 3, NBC announced Thursday.

The episode will kick off the long-running variety show’s 46th season.

SNL shut down in-person studio production in March when the coronavirus began to ravage New York City, though the comedy staple has since hosted three remote episodes where cast members were able to do sketches from the comfort and safety of their homes.

While NBC has given the go-ahead to resume in-studio production, it is unclear whether or not there will be an in-studio audience.

NBC has not released a full schedule of episodes past the Oct. 3 premiere, though the 2020 presidential election is sure to figure heavily into the show’s subject matter.

SNL vet Maya Rudolph had already expressed interest in returning to the show to play Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

“I love going to the show,” said Rudolph. “Any excuse I can get, I love. I just didn’t really anticipate traveling during a pandemic, but if there’s anyone that can work it out I’m sure Lorne [Michaels] has some sort of invisible helicopter that can get me there.”

As of early Friday, no host or musical guest has been named.



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