"Saturday Night Live" will return with a "Bang" on March 1.

Jim Parsons is set to host the episode with musical guest Beck.

Parsons is best-known for playing Sheldon on the hit series "The Big Bang Theory," a role for which he's picked up three Emmys and a Golden Globe. It will be his first "SNL" appearance. 

Meanwhile, Beck will be making his seventh appearance as musical guest. He first performed on the show way back in 1997.

The episode will also mark the debut of Colin Jost as Cecily Strong's co-anchor on "Weekend Update," following the departure of Seth Meyers. 

In addition to "Theory," Parsons will soon be seen alongside Zach Braff and Kate Hudson in "Wish I Was Here," directed by Braff ("Garden State"). 

Beck's new album, "Morning Phase," is due out February 25.


Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at Variety.com. He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.