It’s been a mixed year so far for NBC’s perennial Saturday Night Live, both as far as ratings go and in terms of critical commendation, but the producers are really pulling all the stops to end season 39 (!) with a bang.
Like him or not, Andrew Garfield, the host of the May 3 episode, is going to be the talk of the town once “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” bows in theaters (which will of course happen on May 2), whereas the emcees of the final two installments this season can’t miss the mark. They simply can’t.
They’re Oscar winner and future “A Million Ways to Die in the West” star Charlize Theron, booked for a May 10 appearance, as well as SNL alum and recent Golden Globe victor Andy Samberg, set to wrap up the season a week later.
Now, sure, Samberg’s Fox sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, surprisingly fizzled in the ratings following its Golden Globe double instead of blossoming into the instant comedy classic we once expected it to be, but who doesn’t love the Digital Short master?
Plus, don’t think for a second his numerous buddies, including Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, won’t be around to raise the prestige of this last SNL spring hoorah.
For the record, Samberg will be making his debut as Saturday Night Live host, unlike Charlize Theron, who’s back in the chair after 14 years. I’d expect the actress to be supported by a generous, high-profile guest roster too, possibly including real-life BF Sean Penn and Seth MacFarlane.
Meanwhile, rock duo Black Keys is in charge of musical intermissions for May 10, with baroque pop and art rock performer St. Vincent signed to take over on the 17th.