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Saturday Night Live Prepares for Its Future

Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner, and Luke Null are joining the show ahead of its 43rd season premiere this weekend.
Source: Comedy Central

Last season was’s most important in years. After a shaky start, the casting of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump helped the sketch show tap back into the political zeitgeist, boosting ratings and netting a haul of Emmys (including the program’s first in 24 years). But the upcoming 43rd season, which begins Saturday, has a much more routine task at hand: preparing for ’s next comedic era, something it’s done many times before. With its longer-term future in mind, three new cast members and seven new writers on

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