SNL Books Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 For Season 40

Saturday Night Live kicks off its 40th season later this month. While the show has a rich history of booking of-the-moment buzz bands as musical guests, giving them career-defining moments, that won’t be happening in the first couple of months of this season. The first two guests of this season are big crossover pop stars, though at least Ariana Grande, who will perform on the 9/27 season premiere, is not an automatic DVR fast-forward. I can’t say the same for Maroon 5, who will play the 10/4 episode. Things are considerably more promising on the hosting side. Chris Pratt, a total no-brainer choice, will host on 9/27, and it’s hard not to expect great things there. Meanwhile, Sarah Silverman, a former SNL cast member who has somehow never hosted the show before, will headlne the 10/4 episode. In other SNL news, cast members Noël Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan were fired after last season ended, and Nasim Pedrad left to join the cast of the new Mulaney sitcom.