Don’t tell the president but Alec Baldwin will play Donald Trump on ‘SNL’ again next season

Alec Baldwin is likely to win an Emmy for his savage take on Donald Trump on this past season of “Saturday Night Live.” And he has confirmed that he will be returning to this late-night staple to play the commander-in-chief on an occasional basis next season. On Monday (June 26), Baldwin assured CNN, “We’re gonna fit that in” before noting, “I think people have enjoyed it.” However, he cautioned that he won’t be making as many appearances as he did this season.

Indeed, the Oscar-nominated actor played the Donald so many times on this past season of “SNL” that he must contend at the Emmys as part of the regular cast rather than as a guest. Of the 21 episodes that qualify for Emmy consideration, Baldwin had speaking roles in 17 of them.

He first played the then Republican candidate president on the show’s season premiere on October 1. At the time, Baldwin (and almost all the pollsters) were expecting Trump to lose the election. With his unexpected victory in November, Baldwin ended up playing the politico throughout the season, including on the Feb. 11 episode that he hosted.

To date, Baldwin has racked up 16 past nominations, with two wins as Best Comedy Actor for “30 Rock” (2008-2009). His track record at the SAG Awards is even better: he won Best Comedy Actor seven years in a row (2007-2013). That’s important to note because the Emmys changed their procedure last year from ranked ballots to a simple plurality vote of all eligible members of the TV academy’s acting branch. That more closely resembles SAG voting, so if he was capable of dominating those awards, he might be able to dominate these as well.

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