This week, NBC told us five years in advance that Conan O’Brien will take over for Jay Leno, but the network still hasn’t said who’ll take over for Jimmy Fallon this weekend. Saturday Night Live begins its 30th season Oct. 2, but NBC remains mum on who’ll fill the news-spoof anchor chair vacated by Fallon after his surprise announcement during May’s season finale that he wouldn’t return to the show in the fall. About all we do know is that Tina Fey won’t be going it alone. According to USA Today, executive producer Lorne Michaels says she’ll continue to have a co-anchor, but he wouldn’t say who it will be.
The other cast change that we know about is the addition of Rob Riggle as a featured player. According to NBC, Riggle, a former U.S. Marine, has a sketch-comedy résumé that includes several appearances on O’Brien’s Late Night and performances at Manhattan’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (a laboratory for several current SNL-ers), as well as Comedy Central’s Straight Plan for the Gay Man,, where he played the culture coach.
Hosting the season opener will be Ben Affleck, with musical guest Nelly. Upcoming hosts and musicians include Queen Latifah, Jude Law, Ashlee Simpson, and Eminem.