This afternoon NBC announced that Star Trek star Chris Pine will host Saturday Night Live in May, and the episode will be aired live coast to coast.
Chris Pine To Host Saturday Night Live in May
Today NBC revealed the hosts for the last four episodes of this season of Saturday Night Live, which is enjoying its best ratings in decades. The new list includes Star Trek’s Chris Pine taking the helm on May 6th. In addition they announced that for the first time in the show’s history, all four shows will be broadcast live simultaneously across the country.
Pine’s hosting gig is timed to build buzz for release of the Warner Bros. film Wonder Woman, which hits theaters on June 2nd. Pine, who co-stars with Gal Godot, is playing Steve Trevor, a World War I American pilot and love interest to Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman). A new trailer for the movie was revealed last weekend at the Kids Choice Awards, where Pine and Godot appeared via video.
While this is his first time hosting, it won’t be Pine’s first time appearing on the show. In 2009, he and co-stars Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy showed up during a “Weekend Update” segment to promote the release of J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek movie.
Pine won’t be the first Kirk to captain SNL. William Shatner hosted the show in 1986, when he did his famous “Get a life!” sketch, and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Patrick Stewart hosted in 1994. SNL has made numerous references to Star Trek over the years, even without a Trek star hosting.
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