"Saturday Night Live" has its top candidates lined up to join the NBC sketch comedy show as featured players this fall, just as longtime performers Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen depart the program, reports Deadline.com.
The top candidates are comedian John Milhiser, actress Noel Wells and performers Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett, the story says.
"No official announcement yet from the venerable late-night show but the four are heavily rumored to land the coveted ‘SNL’ spots," the piece reports. "All four have been performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre." "SNL" alum Amy Poehler is one of the co-founders of Upright Citizens Brigade, which has also supplied current "SNL" cast members Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon.
Mooney and Bennett are part of Good Neighbor, a comedy group that has a deal with Comedy Central, but the two networks are working on ironing that out, the story adds.
Sudeikis, Hader and Armisen are set to leave "SNL" in May, with Seth Meyers due to depart in late fall, the report notes.