Another year avoided another bullet passing by Saturday Night Live: Emmy-winning cast member Kate McKinnon has revealed a new deal to return to NBC’s late-night institution for the upcoming 46th season, TVLine has learned.
In fact, sources confirm that for the first time in recent memory SNLThe entire ensemble stays in tune when the show returns (in studio vs. virtual) on October 3rd.
McKinnon’s introductory SNL the pact expired in may 2019, but in a move that surprised many, she extended her contract for another year through season 45. Her decision to stick with season 46 comes weeks after NBC handed over an order for the series to a limited series about the Netflix outburst Joe Exotic, in which McKinnon is set to play as Tiger King̵
It remains unclear whether McKinnon will miss anything SNL episodes to shoot the Joe Exotic series, which is reportedly scheduled to begin production in early 2021.
McKinnon’s legendary imitation of one-time presidential candidate Hillary Clinton it SNL earned her two Emmys for Oustanding Supporting Actress in a comedy series (in 2016 and 2017). In her acceptance speech ’16, she thanked executive producer Lorne Michaels “for giving me the job of my life”, adding: “You know, it’s really hard to make 90 minutes of sketch comedy every week for 42 years.”
McKinnon debuted as a featured player on it Saturday Night Live in April 2012, before being promoted to a full-time crew member the following season.