Tonight, Saturday Night Live brought back another Fox News spoof, and it did help to raise the question: Where was Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump? That, at the moment, is an understandable question. This is one of the first times that we can think of where Baldwin has not turned up during a block of three episodes, and it’s certainly interesting given that there are absolutely plenty of headlines out there about Trump. Doesn’t that mean that there is always room for Baldwin on this show?
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Just in case you are wondering still about where Baldwin is, we don’t really think it’s some conspiracy tied to his recent arrest or his ABC talk show, which has already been pulled from its typical timeslot. We just think that this was a function of something that Baldwin talked about leading into the season — he said that he didn’t have an intention of appearing as often as the Trump character, noting that the sentiment around the role was starting to wane and didn’t want to over-saturate anything. Also, we do think that the writers need to have some more unique angles if you are going to bring Trump back. Otherwise, it’s just not worth the time.
Do we think that you will see Alec back as Trump before the end of the year? Absolutely. It’d be odd if you didn’t, but we are shocked that he hasn’t turned up given the midterm results. That would have been the perfect opportunity to bring him in for some sort of press-conference themed sketch.
Maybe the largest reason for the Baldwin break is simply this: You’re going to have plenty of opportunities to see more of him down the line, provided he continues to play the character. As we get closer to the upcoming Presidential Election, it makes some sense to have the character around more for debates and the like. (We do hope that there are some opportunities for a regular cast member for that — no offense to Alec, but playing political figures is really the #1 way that cast members tend to get a spotlight on them. This, in turn, can help them be even more successful after the fact.
SNL will be returning with new episodes on December 1, so we will have some more opportunities to discuss Baldwin and some other political figures at around that point.
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