Sterling K. Brown is heading to Studio 8H: The “This Is Us” star will host “Saturday Night Live” on March 10, NBC announced Tuesday. It’ll be Brown’s hosting debut and if all goes well, he could pick up his third Emmy in a third category in three years.
Brown, who will be joined by musical guest James Bay, won two years ago for his supporting turn in limited series champ “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and last year in Best Drama Actor for “This Is Us,” becoming the category’s first black winner in 19 years. He would be up in comedy guest actor for his “SNL” gig and that category has been very friendly to “SNL” hosts since they were ruled eligible to compete there nine years ago: Five “SNL” hosts have won, including Dave Chappelle last year.
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Of course, Brown, who’s on a roll with Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice victories this year already for “This Is Us,” may very well defend his drama actor crown, which would give him two Emmys in a single year. Allison Janney doubled up four years ago in comedy supporting actress for “Mom” and drama guest actress for “Masters of Sex.”
Brown might have some internal competition for the comedy guest actor award though: NBC also announced Bill Hader will host on “SNL” on March 17 with musical guest Arcade Fire. A two-time nominee in the comedy supporting actor race when he was a regular “SNL” cast member, Hader was previously nominated for his hosting stint three years ago, losing to “Transparent”’s Bradley Whitford.
As previously announced, “SNL” returns from its Winter Olympics hiatus on March 3 with host Charles Barkley and musical guest Migos.