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The cajillionth season of NBC's Saturday Night Live will premiere Sept. 13, affording it seven airings before Election Day - and thus 22 in total for the season, or two more than usual.

As previously reported, a trio of special Thursday editions - now awkwardly entitled Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday - will air at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16 and 23. - Matt Mitovich