The Saturday Night Live new season will begin with a presidential debate between Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton. A 15 sec promo released on Twitter show Baldwin and McKinnon being transformed into Trump and Clinton for the show.
Saturday Night Live Season 42 premieres on October 1 at 11:30 ET/PT, with actress Margot Robbie making her hosting debut on the show. “The Weeknd” will serve as the musical guest. The October 8 episode will be hosted by . Lin-Manuel Miranda with “Twenty One Pilots” as the musical guest.
According to a report by the Hollywood Reporter, Alec Baldwin will play Donald Trump for the entire season of the show. Ironically, the reality star turned Republican presidential nominee had himself hosted the show in November 2015. However, there were calls for the SNL to drop him due to his racial bias.
Executive producer Lorne Michaels decided to bring Baldwin onboard as Trump over the summer. Baldwin, a close friend of Michaels, has also starred on NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” produced by Michaels. Casting Baldwin as Trump is a similar arrangement to last season’s casting of Larry David as the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders over multiple episodes. The idea paid off well, adding to the show’s comic quotient.
Baldwin has been a part of the Saturday Night Live for a long time, having guest-hosted the show for a record setting 16 times, debuting in 1990. During that time, Baldwin took on several personalities including Harvey Fierstein, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Tony Bennett, and Bono. In 2011, he played Texas Governor Rick Perry.
This is the first time Baldwin will be playing Trump. In June 2015, he told Howard Stern that he would love to see Trump as the Republican nominee. However, in May 2016 he told Ellen DeGeneres that, “We don’t really want a president who looks like he’s been dipped in movie popcorn butter.”
According to a report by Eonline, the Saturday Night Live Season 42 will see some new faces including, Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor.