Over its past 42 seasons on NBC, Saturday Night Live's most popular impressions are usually attributed to the actual repertory players in the cast. But there are always exceptions, and few have gotten more attention than Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump, who was a big part of what made the last season one of the show's most popular in quite a few years. And though Baldwin has expressed a handful of times that his appearances wouldn't be a permanent thing, the actor has revealed when his Trump character will return to SNL.
The season premiere is Sept. 30. I'm going to do that. I'm going to do a couple of them. . . . We're going to do it until...never mind. [laughs]
That won't be a long wait at all, will it? It's perhaps no surprise that Alec Baldwin will once again return to Saturday Night Live as our current POTUS for its season premiere, since those tend to be some of the most-watched episodes of any TV show's given year. He'll be showing up presumably for the cold open, during an episode for which Ryan Gosling will be hosting.
Can we expect to see Baldwin and Gosling taking part in an Election Night skit poking fun at how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway erroneously gave La La Land the Best Picture win, despite Moonlight having actually won? Or maybe just a full musical opener? Or will Gosling impersonate someone from Trump's administration the way Melissa McCarthy and others have? Or maybe we'll hit up the future for something more Blade Runner-related?
Even though we don't know exactly what'll happen when he returns, at least we know that the Season 43 premiere definitely won't be the last time we see Alec Baldwin donning the Trump wig and suit. Granted, we already expected that would be the case, but one always wants to have things confirmed, what with fake news and all.
Alec Baldwin made his big announcement on The Ellen Show while promoting the upcoming release of You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody), which the actor co-wrote with Spy magazine co-founder Kurt Anderson. You can catch the full Trump-ian clip below.
Considering it's been a while since SNL gave fans a peek at Alec Baldwin's Trump in the late night spectrum, it'll be interesting to see if the President will be as vocal about the season premiere as he was about other episodes in the past. Granted, Baldwin did do his impression for Weekend Update: Summer Edition, but that's not quite the same, even though it was watched by more people.
Saturday Night Live will return to NBC for Season 43 starting on Saturday, September 30, at 11:35 p.m .ET. Be sure and bookmark our rundown of all the upcoming hosts and musical guests, and then head to our fall premiere schedule to see everything that's heading to the small screen in the near future.