NBCs Saturday Night Live, the only late-night show completely shelved by the writers strike, is planning a Feb. 23 return if the writers ratify a contract agreement and head back to work.
No guests have been announced for the return, but today some hosts were announced: Tina Fey on Feb. 23 and Ellen Page on March 1.
How long has Saturday Night Live been gone? So long that it opened its second-to-last show before the strike with a skit about a Halloween party at presumed president-in-waiting Hillary Clintons house. The real Barack Obama made a cameo.
Its been a long dry spell without Saturday Night Live on the air, said Rick Ludwin, head of late-night entertainment at NBC, on Tuesday. Theyve been sitting on the sidelines watching all this happening in politics and the primaries. SNL thrives during an election year and they cant wait to get back on.
While the Tonight show and Conan OBriens Late Night returned in January without writers and did shows with skeleton crews, SNL is so dependent on its writers that it couldnt return without them.