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The Baltimore Sun

Saturday Night Live

Make a surprise guest appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' Stars often book hosting stints on "Saturday Night" before release of a big film. The bite-size comedy segments build hype and can help "humanize" serious drama stars. However, this season, the stars looking to "SNL" for compassionate clapter happen to be politicians. No surprise that the long-running NBC show has come under close scrutiny for comedy sketches that appear to favor one candidate over another, i.e., the Tina Fey-coined slogan for Hillary Clinton, "B*tch is the new black." This season each Democratic candidate has appeared once. Expect many more. Unlike most summer films, the blockbuster known as the "Democratic National Convention" doesn't open until late August. Dana Edelson / NBC
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