Saturday Night Live returns December 6 with James Franco making his third appearance as host — among those headlining SNL’s final three original shows in 2014. Nicki Minaj returns for her second time as musical guest.

On December 13, Emmy Award winner Martin Freeman will make his hosting debut.  Charli XCX will also make her SNL debut as musical guest that night.

Golden Globe winner and multiple Academy Award nominee Amy Adams will return for her second time as host on December 20, the same night One Direction returns to the SNL musical guest stage for the third time.

Franco will next be seen alongside Seth Rogen in the feature film The Interview, in theaters December 25.

Minaj’s third album The Pinkprint, due out December 15, has already spun Billboard hits including Anaconda.  Minaj has sold over 4 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide.

Freeman stars in the three-part film series and box office hit The Hobbit, with final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, to be released on December 17.

Charli has penned chart-topping hits which have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, including Boom Clap off her forthcoming sophomore album Sucker as well as two collaborations, Fancy and I Love It, on which she is also featured.

Adams will next be seen in biopic film Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz, due out December 25.

Multi-platinum One Direction’s  fourth studio album, Four was released on November 17 and features hit singles Steal My Girl and Night Changes.

Saturday Night Live is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.