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Entire ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast will return for Season 46

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The entire cast of “Saturday Night Live” is returning for its 46th season — as the NBC show prepares to introduce strict COVID guidelines.

The long-running skit show will return to its iconic Studio 8H home on Oct. 3 — but it’s highly unlikely there will be a live audience, sources tell us.

As Page Six revealed, Pete Davidson has signed his deal to return, despite admitting earlier this year that he was debating whether to quit.

Show boss Lorne Michaels is currently firming up details with NBC chiefs about how to proceed amid the pandemic. Any cast and crew in the studio will have to have weekly COVID tests and social distance, sources said.

Announcing the return of the cast — including favorites such as Kate McKinnon — NBC was careful to say the show will “originate” from Studio 8H, which means some elements will be pre-recorded or virtual. The last season aired at the height of the pandemic, with cast recording from their homes over Zoom, and guest hosts including Tom Hanks.

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This Is Us Moves Up Season 5 Premiere — Find Out the New Date

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Your family reunion with the Pearsons is going to happen sooner than you expected.

This Is Us‘ upcoming Season 5 will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 27, instead of Nov. 10 as previously announced. NBC announced the change during a commercial that ran during the season finale of America’s Got Talent Wednesday. As noted in the spot, the season-opener still will be two hours long.

As previously reported, the ensemble drama is slated to restart production this week, after a hiatus extended by COVID-19 and the resulting entertainment industry shutdown that began in March. The upcoming season will tackle life during the global pandemic “head-on,” series creator Dan Fogelman has said. In addition, Brown told TVLine in June that the coming episodes would include “an excavation of Randall’s past, connected to family again,” and Chrissy Metz previewed that viewers would learn why Kate started using food as a coping mechanism “because she’s been through some things that we don’t know yet.”

When cast member Sterling K. Brown recently appeared on CBS’ The Talk, he teased that the Season 4-ending argument between Randall and Justin Hartley’s Kevin won’t have abated when we rejoin The Big Three in Season 5. “So hopefully, we get a chance to see how they build their way back to each other,” Brown said. “But it’s not going to be easy.”

Are you excited about the This Is Us premiere getting bumped up a bit? Hit the comments and let us know!

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Actors who played multiple roles on the same TV show

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Netflix’s acclaimed dark comedy Dead to Me, led by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, is full of crazy twists and turns – an astonishing amount of which concern James Marsden, who plays not one, but two integral roles within the series. As the series opens, Jen (Applegate) attends a support group as she mourns the loss of her husband. She immediately connects with a fellow mourner, Judy (Cardellini), who says that she recently lost her fiancé Steve. As it turns out, Steve, played by Marsden, is very much alive, and though Jen is initially furious at Judy’s deception, the two go on to form a strange, co-dependent bond.

As Judy tries to leave Steve behind once and for all and move on with her life, she’s haunted by her ex-fiancé, which all comes to a head when Steve confronts Jen late one night at her home. Forced into a corner, Jen shoots and kills Steve, which is made all the more complicated when Steve’s twin brother Ben (who is, of course, also played by Marsden) appears, looking for his missing sibling. Apparently, after being killed off during the first season, Marsden reached out to creator and showrunner Liz Feldman and asked if Steve could possibly survive his head injury. That didn’t happen, but she and her casting directors still found an incredibly clever way to keep Marsden involved.

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‘This Is Us’ NBC Premiere Date Moves Up Two Weeks

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NBC has moved up the Season 5 premiere date for “This Is Us” to Oct. 27, the network announced Wednesday.

The family drama was initially scheduled to debut in November, but the announcement of the date change was made Wednesday during the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” It will be one of the network’s first scripted dramas to return with new episodes this fall, following the returns of “The Voice,” “Superstore” and the social distancing comedy “Connecting…” next month.

The 20th Television-produced series is set to begin filming on Thursday.

Series creator Dan Fogelman tweeted last month that the new episodes would address COVID “in present day” and incorporate the pandemic into the planned storylines for the season.

“We’ve decided to attack things head on,” he wrote. “Very proud of @ThisIsUsWriters – Same planned ending. Same route to get there.”

The end of “This Is Us” Season 4 took place in the spring of 2020, right before the pandemic hit and included a far off time jump to decades into the future — but also one to Aug. 31, 2020, where a small group of the Pearson family were all alone together in a cabin — which could easily be worked into a story about how the Pearsons are living through COVID-19 just like the rest of us at that point in time.

The series stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan and Susan Kelechi Watson. Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charlie Gogolak and Jess Rosenthal executive produce.

The series is coming off five Emmy nominations for its fourth season, with guest star Ron Cephas Jones taking home his second award for his role on the series on Sunday.

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