US actor Chris Pratt attends the European premiere of the film, Guardians of the Galaxy in central London on July 24, 2014.

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By Neha Prakash2014-09-10 16:52:42 UTC

Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will host the premiere of Saturday Night Live on Sept. 27, NBC announced Tuesday. Ariana Grande will perform as musical guest.

Very excited to announce our season premiere on Sept 27th will be hosted by Chris @prattprattpratt with music from @ArianaGrande!! #SNL40

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) September 10, 2014

It’s the first time for both Pratt and Grande on the SNL stage, but the choice couldn’t be more fitting. Pratt was undeniably the standout of the summer in Guardians; the press tour made him a true media darling. Grande had a similarly popular summer, with her songs “Problem” and “Bang Bang” spending weeks atop the Billboard charts.

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NBC also announced that comedian Sarah Silverman and Maroon 5 would take over the second episode airing on Oct. 4. Both guests are vets of the Studio 8H stage; Silverman was even an SNL cast member in the early ’90s.

And the following week, on 10/4, we’ve got @SarahKSilverman hosting w/ musical guest, @maroon5!! Kicking off #SNL40 right!! #SeeYouSoon!

— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) September 10, 2014

Rumors are circulating that Bill Murray will host the third episode of the season, but NBC has yet to confirm those details.

This marks the 40th season of SNL, which will see several changes, including the departure of cast members Brooks Wheelan and Nasim Pedrad. But most notably missing will be longtime announcer Don Pardo, who passed away earlier this summer.

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