Saturday Night Live is about to make history by airing, well, live across the country.
As announced on Thursday, the late-night sketch comedy series will broadcast the last four episodes of season 42 live in all time zones throughout the nation. NBC tapped four heavy-hitters for each: Jimmy Fallon on April 15, Chris Pine on May 6, Melissa McCarthy on May 13, and Dwayne Johnson capping off the season on May 20.
It also means McCarthy, who has been enjoying her time impersonating White House Secretary Sean Spicer on SNL, will earn her place in the Five-Timers Club with her fifth hosting stint in two months. (Now she can finally celebrate.) Johnson, too, will earn the distinction with the season finale — his fourth time delivering that live-action Bambi sketch.
Johnson, stoked over the announcement, wrote on Instagram, “I started my career 20yrs ago in NYC and from that vey first night, the city embraced me as a son. This SNL is special. I’m coming home to make history and have a KILLER show with the brilliant SNL cast and production. (I may or may not get slightly drunk 3 out of the 7 days I’m there).”
“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,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment said in a statement to UPROXX, which first reported the news. “That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time. Kudos to Lorne Michaels, the producers and cast for making SNL one of the most relevant and anticipated shows in the zeitgeist.”
The final four episodes will air on NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET, 10:30 p.m. CT, 9:30 p.m. MT, and 8:30 PT.
Following Scarlett Johansson’s episode, Louis C.K. will host SNL on April 8 with musical guest The Chainsmokers.