'SNL' will be broadcast live across America for the first time in its 42-year history from April 15th.
For the first time in its lengthy history, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is set to actually be aired live in all time zones across America in a first coast-to-coast broadcast for the end of the current season.
In a month’s time, starting on Saturday April 15th, the East Coast-based NBC favourite will air simultaneously across the United States for the last four episodes of the current 42nd series. The episodes concerned will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon on April 15th, followed by Chris Pine on May 6th, Melissa McCarthy on May 13th, and Dwayne Johnson for the curtain-closer on May 20th.
‘SNL’ has been enjoying bumper ratings in recent months, partly down to the amusing ongoing lampoons of life inside the Trump White House, with Alec Baldwin doing an impression of the president and Melissa McCarthy of his bizarre press secretary, Sean Spicer.
To capitalise on its recent rejuvenation, with ratings boosts of 19% in the key demographic of 18-49 adults, after 42 years of being broadcast, the decision has been taken to bring ‘SNL’ into the 21st century so that people on the West Coast don’t have to wait hours to see what the joke is on social media.
“'SNL’, enjoying its most popular season in two decades, is part of the national conversation, and we thought it would be a great idea to broadcast to the west and mountain time zones live at the same time it's being seen in the east and central time zones,” said NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
“That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time.”
Therefore, in one month’s time, ‘Saturday Night Live’ will air on 11:30pm ET; 10:30pm Central; 9:30pm Mountain; and 8:30pm PT.
Despite being on a two-decade high, Alec Baldwin has recently intimated that he doesn’t want to continue doing his impression of Trump for much longer.