Kicking off its new season with a bang, Saturday Night Live has lined up three big guest hosts for the first three shows of the fall. On September 15, the venerable sketch-comedy institution will begin its thirty-eighth season on NBC with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, hot off the summer comedy hit film Ted, making his first appearance. Singer/songwriter/rapper Frank Ocean, who recently came out as a homosexual and received overwhelming support from the hip-hop community, will be the musical guest for the season premiere.
The following week, on September 22, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will return as guest host for the second time after a busy summer that saw his star rise with his supporting role as Detective John "Robin" Blake in The Dark Knight Rises. Most recently, he starred in Premium Rush as a bicycle messenger caught up in a criminal scheme. That episode's musical guest will be English folk-rock band Mumford & Sons in their first SNL appearance.
After an off-week, SNL will return on October 6 hosted by none other than 007 himself, Daniel Craig, who will be promoting the newest James Bond adventure entitled Skyfall, scheduled for release on November 9. This will be Craig's first guest-hosting gig, and he will be joined by British rock band Muse as they appear for the second time.
In addition, NBC has also announced that two editions of SNL's Weekend Update Thursday will be returning to the schedule, just in time for the 2012 US Presidential Elections in November. These will air on September 20 and September 27, presumably anchored by head writer Seth Meyers and featuring surprise guest appearances as in the past.
Which guest host do you think will do the best job? Although I've never seen him in a comedic role, Daniel Craig seems to have a dry British sense of humor and it will be interesting to see what the SNL writers come up with for him.