“Saturday Night Live” Adds 3 New Featured Players for 43rd Season


Saturday Night Live has added three new featured players to its cast for the upcoming 43rd season, NBC announced Tuesday.

Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd will make their debuts in the September 30 season premiere episode, which will be hosted by Ryan Gosling, with musical guest Jay-Z.

The new trio are filling the shoes of departing, longtime cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sassier Zamata, who had been on the show for nine seasons, seven seasons and four seasons, respectively.

Gardner voices a role on Crackle’s animated comedy SuperMansion and is a member of the Groundlings in Los Angeles, Redd is known for co-starring opposite SNL alum Andy Samberg in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, while Null is a musician and comedian from Chicago.

NBC also recently announced that, following a successful experiment with the final four episodes of last season, SNL will once again air live on both coasts at 11 p.m. ET.

Additional hosts and musical guests include Gal Gadot, who will host the October 7 episode with musical guest Sam Smith and Kumail Nanjiani, who will host the October 14 episode with Pink set to perform.

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