“I’m hosting, right?” Chris Pine wonders in NBC’s new promo for this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.” Yes, Chris, we can confirm that you are hosting, and this is actually your very first time as “SNL” ringleader. Long-running cast member Kenan Thompson teases Pine in the trailer that he’s not this week’s host, saying, “Agree to disagree.” Is it all a fun rib at the potential WGA strike that was averted at the last minute? Had Hollywood’s writers decided to strike, “Saturday Night Live” would have been one of the few TV shows directly affected. Watch the “SNL” preview above.
The upcoming star of “Wonder Woman” is joined by musical guests James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem, who also seems irritated that Pine is this week’s emcee. “I thought Kenan was hosting,” Murphy remarks. “I’m out! I’m not doing this.”
In yet another promo, Thomson hints that Pine may not be the perfect guest as the timing coincides with Friday’s Cinco de Mayo holiday, joking, “Chris Pine, LCD Soundsystem, an unstable political climate — classic Cinco de Mayo!”
“Saturday Night Live” has been on fire this season, thanks in particular to its fiery political sketches each week. Kate McKinnon (as Hillary Clinton) and Alec Baldwin (as Donald Trump) are likely Emmy-bound for their hilarious impersonations, as is Melissa McCarthy, next week’s “SNL” host, whose skewering of White House press secretary Sean Spicer went viral. When Jimmy Fallon hosted last month, even he got into the political game by taking on Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Who might Pine play, if anyone, from the Trump administration?
This week’s May 6 episode will once again air coast-to-coast, meaning fans on the west coast get to watch it at 8:30 p.m. while east-coast viewers are seeing it in its normal 11:30 p.m. time slot. That resulted in a huge ratings surge last month for the 42-year-old sketch comedy series, with the inaugural coast-to-coast Fallon outing netting 7.88 million viewers, compared to 4.5 million viewers for the previous week’s episode hosted by Louis C.K.
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