Frank Ocean Kicking Off ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season With Performance

By Gil Kaufman

Frank Ocean is set to perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards but the Odd Future crooner also has a lot more in store for September, including a new gig which finds him opening the 38th season of “Saturday Night Live.”

Ocean will appear on the September 15 opener alongside “Family Guy” mad genius and “Ted” director Seth MacFarlane, who will host the season premiere.

The pair will set up a red-hot string of season 38 bangers, which will be followed by “Premium Rush” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt taking the help for the September 22 show with Mumford & Sons. The other combo revealed so far is James Bond “Skyfall” star Daniel Craig and British psychedelic flame-throwers Muse, who will team up for the October 6 show.

While Gordon-Levitt will be making a return engagement, Craig and MacFarlane will be making their “SNL” hosting debuts in a season that will be marked by lots of change, including the departure of such key players as Kristen Wiig? and Andy Samberg?, as well as player Abby Elliott. At press time it was unclear if Jason Sudeikis will be back or which new cast members have been brought in to replace the former stars.

Sudeikis, 36, who is on the fence about his “SNL” gig at a time when he has been tapped to play Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the show, recently said that after nine years on the weekend sketch staple he’s wondering if his tenure is nearing its end. With roles in “The Campaign” and an upcoming road comedy with Jennifer Aniston called “We’re The Millers,” the versatile actor recently told the Los Angeles Times that, well, he’d like to see other gigs.

“I’d like the opportunity to use creative muscles that … haven’t been asked of me for the first nine years that I’ve worked there,” Sudeikis said. “It could be some sort of title change. The least of the concerns is anything financial. I’m not buying a boat because of writing skits. It’s more having a desire to give more to a place I really believe in. To stay just for the juice of being in the public eye — of being Mitt Romney — is not enough.”