What’s Worth Watching: ‘Saturday Night Live’ on NBC for Saturday, October 3

Miley Cyrus on SNL
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Pictured: Miley Cyrus during her monologue on Saturday Night Live in 2015.

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, Oct. 3, 11:30/10:30c, NBC)

Still relevant after four decades, Saturday Night Live returns amid the buzz of great expectations. Not so much for the 41st season’s opening-night guest host Miley Cyrus, who at best can hope to redeem her shallow and annoyingly immature look-at-me-I-smoke-pot performance at this summer’s Video Music Awards on MTV.

The better news surrounding SNL‘s new season is that the versatile Taran Killam has been tapped to impersonate the Man of the Moment, Donald Trump, a figure of such colossal self-parody that it’s impossible to go over the top in spoofing him. (If the episode doesn’t open with a wacky recreation of the last GOP debate, I know I won’t be the only one who’ll be disappointed. Imagine the possibilities.) There’s nothing better than watching SNL rise to the occasion during a time of chaotic political hubbub, and we look forward to seeing what this ensemble has up its satirical sleeve. The weeks ahead should also be memorable, with Amy Schumer making her guest-hosting debut on Oct. 10, and Tracy Morgan—whose surprise Emmy appearance was among the year’s most moving moments—returning to the show that made him famous, as a very special guest host on Oct. 17.