Pete Davidson’s long-awaited return to Saturday Night Live has been canceled – at least for the time being. Davidson, who left the sketch comedy series last year, was set to return as host on May 6. On the other hand, SNL is officially closed and will air re-runs until the Writers Guild of America strike ends (via Deadline).
Weeks of talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers ended because the latter refused to concede on key topics, including artificial intelligence in the business and writer compensation. With late-night shows and SNL both going down until further notice, it appears as if SNL has already aired its season finale. The return of Pete Davidson as host will most likely have to wait until next season.
Saturday Night Live concluded its season after only 12 episodes the previous time the WGA went on strike, making it the show’s shortest season in history. The current season had 18 episodes completed when the strike began, but most seasons have 20 to 21 episodes. Despite the removal of the Pete Davidson episode from the schedule, SNL nevertheless managed to create nearly a full season.
While Pete Davidson will not be returning to Saturday Night Live this weekend, fans will be able to watch his new Peacock comedy Bupkis when it premieres on Netflix tomorrow. Like Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bupkis follows a fictionalized version of Davidson’s life. The show also has a fantastic cast, with Edie Falco playing Davidson’s mother and Joe Pesci playing his grandfather in his first starring role on television in 37 years.
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Bupkis is written by Pete Davidson, Judah Miller, and Dave Sirus and directed by Jason Orley. Charlie Day, Brad Garrett, Simon Rex, Ray Romano, Kenan Thompson, Chase Sui Wonders, La La Anthony, Charlamagne Tha God, Machine Gun Kelly, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Philip Ettinger, Al Gore, Paul Walter Hauser, Sunita Mani, John Mulaney, Oona Roche, Method Man, Jon Stewart, and Marissa Jaret Winokur will all make appearances on the show. Fans can also watch the entire season in a single sitting, as it will be available all at once.
In addition to his new Peacock series, Pete Davidson is working on numerous other major projects, including Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and the actual Gamestop/Reddit stock story Dumb Money. Davidson will play the transformer Mirage in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, a film based on the classic 1990s Beast Wars spin-off. Steven Caple Jr. directs Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, which stars Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Michelle Yeoh, Ron Perlman, Peter Cullen, Peter Dinklage, Cristo Fernandez, John DiMaggio, and Colman Domingo.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be released in theatres on June 9, while Dumb Money will be released on October 20. Dumb Money tracks the increase of Gamestop shares after a Reddit group discovered Wall Street was shorting it. It also stars Shailene Woodley, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Sebastian Stan, Vincent D’onofrio, Nick Offerman, Dane DeHaan, America Ferrera, and Anthony Ramos, in addition to Pete Davidson.