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'Saturday Night Live' to air two election specials

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Saturday Night Live is to air two primetime election specials, NBC has announced.

The half-hour specials will be broadcast on consecutive Thursdays - September 20 and September 27 - at 8pm ET on the Peacock Network.

These Saturday Night Live election shows will air alongside Up All Night, The Office and Parks and Recreation in NBC's Thursday comedy block.

SNL's limited-run series continues an election year trend first established in 2008 and later continued in the fall of 2009.

An announcement on the cast for Saturday Night Live's 38th season is expected to come before the September premiere.

Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg have both exited SNL and Jason Sudeikis's future on the show also in doubt.

Watch a clip from 2008's Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday below (US only):

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