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Between his Joe Biden and Mitt Romney impressions, not to mention being one of the funnier SNL cast members and seasoned actors in recent seasons, Jason Sudeikis may prove to be more vital than ever to the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live as election season approaches. So it's good news to hear that he's not leaving the series, as was rumored previously.
Saturday Night Live is set to premiere its 38th season on NBC this Saturday night. Like Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis' contract was up at the end of last season, and it was speculated that he might not return this fall. EW got confirmation from NBC that Sudeikis will be back, and will stick around "at least until January," according to what Lorne Michaels to the NY Times. So it's possible we're looking at the end of his run. Or maybe he'll stay on for the full season or longer. It sounds undetermined at this point.
This news follows word that NBC has hired three new players to join the series in "featured" roles. Chicago-based comedians Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong are set to appear in the upcoming season. As great as it is to know that Sudeikis is sticking around, I'm almost just as excited for the new people. SNL has a knack for calling up promising talent and giving them some mainstream exposure. You never know who will be the next Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell. The potential for greatness is there!
Saturday Night Live returns this Saturday night (Sept 15) with Seth MacFarlane as host and Frank Ocean as the musical guest.