Jimmy Fallon Will Return to 'Saturday Night Live' as a Host
Jimmy Fallon Will Return to 'Saturday Night Live' as a Host
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Once upon a time, Jimmy Fallon was but a mere player among many on Saturday Night Live. He may have been notable from the start -- compared to many on that show, Jimmy Fallon is an awfully nice-looking gentleman -- but the man's future was still hazy. Today, Fallon has graduated to the lofty ranks of successful late-night talk-show hosts with his Emmy-nominated Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Now, the rising star of the weekday nights will return to his weekend origins. In December, Jimmy Fallon will host Saturday Night Live.

Jimmy Fallon's return to his old show is scheduled for just before Christmas, on December 17, when he will share the guest spot with musical guest Michael Buble. Considering the date, you can bet that SNL writers are already coming up with holiday-themed gags and segments.

Hopefully, at least one of those segments will include a return to the "Weekend Update" desk that Jimmy Fallon so notably helmed for much of his Saturday Night Live tenure.

The December 17 SNL show will mark the first time that Fallon has returned to the show since he departed in 2004. Arguably, this is Jimmy Fallon's moment to return in triumph, considering the recent success -- the show received three Emmy nominations in 2011 -- of Late Night.

Jimmy Fallon is the third star announced as a host of Saturday Night Live in the upcoming season.30 Rock's Alec Baldwin (who will be hosting for his 16th time -- a new SNL record) will guest star on the premiere episode of the show's 37th season, airing on September 24. The musical guest for that episode will be Radiohead.

Baldwin's premiere-week hosting will be followed by Melissa McCarthy (with musical guest Lady Antebellum) on October 1. The actress, who stars on CBS' Mike and Molly, has recently garnered a lot of attention for her supporting role in the movie, Bridesmaids (which starred SNL's Kristen Wiig), and for her Mike and Molly Best Actress Emmy nomination.

There is no word yet on which stars would take the host spots for those SNL episodes airing between October and December.

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