Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” is here tonight to fix SNL as Liev Schreiber hosts an all-new Saturday Night Live!
Liev Schreiber will be an SNL rookie when he hosts the show tonight at 11:30pm on NBC. This will make him the 3rd first-time host of Saturday Night Live‘s new fall season and we’re only 5 shows into SNL – Season 44. Tonight, Liev Schreiber, also known for playing Victor Creed aka Sabretooth in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Cotton Weary in the “Scream” horror films, will be promoting his series, “Ray Donovan” which just premiered its 6th season on Showtime. On the premium cable drama, Liev plays the title character who is a “fixer” hired by the rich and famous to clean up their problems which the elite would like to see disappear without any police involvement. Will SNL attempt a “Ray Donovan” parody sketch on tonight’s show? Liev Schreiber told USA TODAY he’ll leave that to Saturday Night Live‘s talented writing staff. Although, he did add that there is someone in the Trump White House that he’d be willing to impersonate on SNL tonight when he said, “I’m sure they’ll figure something out. I mean, come on. It’s not like I have the biggest repertoire in the business. … My people hail from Eastern Europe. I could probably do a pretty good Melania. I can’t do (Donald) Trump. Other than that, I have no idea.”
As for being a first-timer when it comes to hosting Saturday Night Live, Liev says it will be a career highlight. “I’ve dreamed about doing something like that but didn’t ever think I would. (At the same time), I’m terrified. … I’m generally not considered a very funny person.” Nervous and not funny. We can only wait and see how that combination works out tonight and trust that Lorne Michaels knows what he’s doing when he hands control of his live show over to a first-time host.
It’s not often that the musical guest has more SNL experience than the host, but in the case of Lil’ Wayne who will be performing tonight, it’s his 4th time appearing on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest. We don’t know if Alec Baldwin has had enough time to cool off from his latest NYC arrest to once again appear as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, but Lil’ Wayne may be a reason to bring Baldwin back tonight. Lil’ Wayne famously wrote about watching Trump’s reality series, “The Celebrity Apprentice” religiously while serving an 8 month prison stretch on Riker’s Island in New York. This could be a place to mine for comedy tonight on SNL.
There’s plenty of other places to plug Baldwin’s Trump into tonight’s brand new Saturday Night Live. Of course, SNL wouldn’t be SNL if it didn’t cover the 2018 mid-term election results. The writers could use the Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives in tonight’s Cold Open, an SNL – Digital Short, in sketches or on this evening’s edition of Weekend Update, or all of the above. Other items of national interest bound to be on the show tonight in sketch-form or as Weekend Update news items with Colin Jost and Michael Che include CNN’s Jim Acosta being ridiculously banned from White House press briefings and the obviously doctored video released by Trump administration to may it look like he was roughing up a female White House intern. There’s also the firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon please stand by,) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent fall and injury (Again! Kate McKinnon please stand by!,) the Florida recounts in the U.S. Senate race and possibly the Governor’s race, the feud ignited between President Trump and former First Lady Michelle Obama over her new book, “Becoming,” Veterans Day, and yet another mass shooting in America. This time with it being at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Weekend Update and the SNL sketch writers all did an admirable job working the Parkland school shooting into the show’s comedy before with sensitivity, so we’re sure they’ll be able to address this latest American gun madness as well.
In the promos, which you can watch below, for this week’s new episode of SNL, first up, NBC springs for some special effects to go supernatural while host Liev Schreiber plays jump rope with cast members Mikey Day and Leslie Jones. Then in the next set, Liev is joined by musical guest Lil’ Wayne and Kate McKinnon where the three discuss old times they shared with a duck, while Lil’ Wayne also has some sketch requests and breaks out his own impression of tonight’s host.
Liev Schreiber hosts SNL for the first time tonight with musical guest Lil’ Wayne at 11:30pm on NBC.
Next week on November 17th, Saturday Night Live keeps the live shows coming with a new episode hosted by Academy Award nominee Steve Carell with musical guest Ella Mai.
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