NBC confirmed that "Saturday Night Live" veteran Jason Sudeikis will be sticking around for the 38th season of the late-night sketch comedy show, which kicks off this weekend with guest host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean. The announcement about Sudeikis comes after a summer of "will he, or won't he?" speculation, following the departure of "SNL" favorites Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg, as well as relative newcomer Abby Elliot.
While the actual details of the agreement and the length of the seven-season comedian's stay are under wraps, executive producer Lorne Michaels told the New York Times, "Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January."
There's been some media speculation that the incentive for Sudeikis to stay aligns heavily with the upcoming election and the undeniable need to keep the 36-year-old's Mitt Romney impression on retainer. Whether or not his contract will extend through January and the remainder of the season ultimately depends on Sudeikis and NBC, but if there's truth to the speculation, it could have something to do with the eventual outcome of the 2012 election.
The 38th season will also welcome three new featured players to the cast: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong. The trio are all Second City alums, the multi-stage improv comedy group that counts "SNL" greats, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler among its former members.
Will the young'ns bring in the laughs? Check out clips of their work below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Aidy Bryant as "Gretel" -- yes, as in: "Hanzel & Gretel" -- in a therapy session, trying to work through those post-gingerbread-induced stress issues with her brother.
Tim Robinson wants you to know that his baby ... is really not that cute.
And Cecily Strong is the worst tour guide in Canada. Like, ever.
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