‘SNL’ returns to studio in time for election season
Long-running NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live will return to his New York studio for new episodes starting Oct. 3, according to reports, meaning that in great SNL tradition, politicians’ mockery and skewering will also be back in time for the dramatic finale of the 2020 election season after the show faced backlash for its handling of Trump in previous elections.
SNLThe 46th season premieres just days after the first scheduled presidential debate between Joe Biden and President Trump on September 29.
Few details are available on how the show plans to play out safely in Studio 8H, but Variety reported On July 20, the show’s creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels envisioned a “controlled” environment, which likely means limited audiences or no audiences.
Trump hosted SNL in November 2015 during his first presidential campaign, and the appearance drew protests outside of 30 Rockefeller Center, the headquarters of NBC, and has come under heavy criticism from critics despite the show’s best ratings in two years.
Former actor Taran Killam, who parodied Trump before the infamous Alec Baldwin impersonation, spoke against Trump’s real welcome gig, calling it “embarrassing” and more “shameful over time” in a 2017 radio interview.
SNL alum and Tonight show host Jimmy Fallon also ruffled feathers when he ruffled Trump’s iconic headdress on air in September 2016, with critics accusing Fallon of normalizing Trump; Fall on said later He made a mistake.”
During Trump’s presidency, Baldwin’s impersonation appeared go down the skin of the real president, as Trump has tweeted numerous attacks on the actor and SNL.
What to watch out for
Who, if any, is asked to host the premiere. Actor Daniel Craig was the last to host before the coronavirus sent the cast and crew home in March.
At least 12. This is the number of times Trump has tweeted attacks against SNL from his hosting gig, according to an online database of his tweets.
SNL has a long tradition to parody US presidents and other politicians. Notable knockoffs of recent years include current actress Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, Calm your enthusiasm star Larry David as the perfect Bernie Sanders, actress Melissa McCarthy as short-lived White House press secretary Sean Spicer and SNL alum Tina Fey as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. But Trump’s ascendancy over the president was initially treaty as comedy fodder by SNLwriters and executives of NBC during the run-up to the 2016 election. NBC cut all professional ties with Trump in June 2016, about six months before its SNL appearance, citing his derogatory remarks about immigrants. The network also housed The apprentice, the reality TV contest that propelled Trump to a new level of fame and cited for helping to perpetuate him as a successful businessman.
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