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'SNL' To Air Election Specials On Thursdays In September

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According to many sources, NBC president Bob Greenblatt announced at the executive session of the 2012 TCAs that "Saturday Night Live" will produce two primetime election specials for the 2012 presidential election. The specials will air on two Thursdays, Sept. 20 and 27th.

The 38th season of the comedy show is expected to premiere the Saturday prior to the first special, on September 15.

"SNL" aired three "Weekend Update Thursday" specials during the last presidential election cycle in 2008, which featured Tina Fey's famous Sarah Palin impression. They also aired a "Presidential Bash" the night before the election, which included cameos from Sen. John McCain and Palin herself.

What remains up in the air this time around is whether Jason Sudeikis will reprise his role as GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Sudeikis has hinted that he will leave the show before next season begins, although no casting decisions have been formally announced.

The (real) presidential debates are not until October, so the Thursday specials will not spoof those, unlike in 2008.

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