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'Saturday Night Live' recap: The return of the king (a.k.a. Alec Baldwin)

Well, summer is officially over, PopWatchers. There’s no way of sugarcoating it, either. It totally stinks. But hey, at least with the fall comes a new season…of television! (See what I did there?) Now, if you were wondering how the writers of Saturday Night Live, which kicked off its 37th season last night, spent their summer vacations, the answer was right in front of you: penning that 10-minute opening sketch.

So how exactly did they make a 10-minute long skit bearable? Well besides there being no Fred Armisen as President Obama in sight (yeah, I said it!), they did what they often do best: riff on the current political climate. Kicking things off with “either the seventh or eighth” GOP debate, moderator Shepard Smith (played my personal pick for SNL MVP, Bill Hader) announced that he comes from a town “full of secrets,” then introduced Mitt Romney (I’d say “Welcome back, Jason Sudeikis!”, but we know what you did this summer) and Rick Perry (host Alec Baldwin). Then he introduced “six other people who will never be President, but showed up anyway,” including Jon Huntsman (Taran Killam), Ron Paul (Paul Brittain), Herman Cain (Kenan Thompson), Rick Santorum (Andy Samberg), Michelle Bachmann (Kristen Wiig) and Newt Gingrich (Bobby Moynahan). READ FULL STORY

'SNL': Alec Baldwin and Radiohead kick off the 37th season premiere. Talk about it here!

Justin Timberlake is no easy act to follow. The singer/actor is so popular as a Saturday Night Live host — thanks to instantly classic skits (“Omeletteville,” “Single Ladies” ) and viral Digital Shorts (“Motherlover“) — he might as well be named a cast member already. Timberlake worked his magic once again when he hosted the finale of the 36th season of SNL back in May, ending a shaky season on a high note (and by high note, we of course mean this), which earned him yet another Emmy nomination for his work on the series.

Then again, when it comes to hosting SNL, there’s perhaps no one better suited for the task than Alec Baldwin. Luckily, he’ll be fulfilling those duties for a record-breaking 16th time for tonight’s season premiere. Baldwin, alongside musical guests Radiohead (who should get a nice warm-up for their upcoming stints on The Colbert Report and at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom), will open the 37th season of the late night TV institution. The big question isn’t so much “Will you be watching SNL?” as, “Will both Baldwin and Radiohead replay their greatest hits or will they try out some new material?” READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski turn baseball feud into a pissing contest

It’s official. Last night, the New York Yankees clinched the American League East division with a double-header sweep of Tampa Bay. But the Red Sox are still in the race for the postseason, as they come to New York tomorrow for a three-game series. More importantly, John Krasinski and Alec Baldwin are still committed to their New Era rivalry, which took an Odd Couple twist when Baldwin was forced to go into hiding after burning down his apartment building. How committed? Well, battle lines have literally been drawn down the middle of Krasinski’s apartment for the last chapter of their season-long feud. Baldwin still resists covering his power-hair, but a Yankees cap at least rests nearby, and the tension of a September showdown between the two hated rivals turns out to be just too much for one of them. Take a leak look. READ FULL STORY

Schweddy Balls ice cream introduced by Ben & Jerry's. Good times.

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Just in time for the holiday season — and the Sept. 24 season premiere of Saturday Night Live hosted by Alec Baldwin — Ben & Jerry’s has introduced its newest limited-batch flavor, Schweddy Balls. It’s inspired by the classic 1998 SNL sketch in which Pete Schweddy (Baldwin), the fictional owner of Season’s Eatings Bakery, brings his Schweddy Balls to the hosts (Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon) of “Delicious Dish,” a National Public Radio program parody. Watch it again below. The flavor features Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and loaded with fudge covered rum balls and milk chocolate malt balls.

“For a long time, I thought that Here Lies Pete Schweddy would end up on my tombstone,” Baldwin says in a release. “Now, thanks to Ben & Jerry’s, the goodness of the Schweddy family recipe won’t go with me to the great beyond.”

Gasteyer is equally thrilled: “The Schweddy Balls sketch was a personal favorite from my SNL run, so I am pleased as holiday punch that Ben & Jerry’s has taken it upon themselves to share the Schweddy Family recipe with the world. As a person and a performer, I am a sucker for holiday balls. And I have no doubt this ice cream will cause many to scream ‘Good Times.’”

Is this best limited-batch flavor to date? Or just the best name?  READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin introduces girlfriend, talks mayoral run during 'Letterman' visit

No couch jumping to be found here. Rather, Alec Baldwin stayed put in his seat during his visit to The Late Show with David Letterman (well, before he tossed around a pig skin with Dave and football legend Joe Namath), to properly introduce his girlfriend, 27-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas. (Now before we all go getting upset about their 26-year age difference, just remember this. There. Better?)

After delving into talk that he’s contemplating running for mayor of New York City, Baldwin — who joked “I would like to be the mayor, I don’t know if I want to run for mayor” — said his 30 Rock schedule and personal life could alter that. “I’ve got a woman in my life now. My girlfriend, who is very important to me,” he said. Baldwin later introduced Thomas, who waved shyly from the green room. Watch the clip with highlights from the interview, including when Baldwin explains how he plans to spend his 30 Rock money on Thomas (guess we know what that “fantasy” was all about now), below. READ FULL STORY

Bryan Buckley, the director behind Krasinski-Baldwin New Era ads, explains how the rivalry came to be

As any fan of the long-rivaled Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees can attest, those New Era commercials that pit John Krasinski (the Sox purist) and Alec Baldwin (the Yankees diehard) against one another perfectly encapsulate the trash-talking banter and deep-seated contempt that the followers, even friendly ones, of the two teams feel towards one another. In fact, Bryan Buckley, the director behind those ingenious ads, sees the spots as almost a metaphor for the generations-spanning rivalry. “It’s always been interesting to me that [the commercials] are in black and white,” he tells EW. “Because that’s exactly what the rivalry is: Black and white. You either go one way or the other: Red Sox or Yankees.”

While Krasinski and Baldwin both stand strong on which side of the battle line they fall on, the actors (and real-life friends) were more than happy to step up to the plate and work together once more (they first collaborated on the 2010 comedy It’s Complicated) to represent their respective teams. Buckley, who has worked on other memorable promos over the past few years, including the oft-repeated “What Happens in Vegas” campaign, spoke with EW about how the wildly popular New Era ads featuring the two stars came to be and why its struck such a chord with baseball fans… and even some of the players! READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin fires up the NY/Boston rivalry by torching tickets (and his apartment)

In the name of Yankees pride, Alec Baldwin had punched John Krasinski in the face and humiliated his It’s Complicated co-star on the Yankee Stadium jumbotron. But things get a lot more heated in the latest commercial from New Era caps. After a particularly painful New York loss to the hated Red Sox, Baldwin finally burns his fingers by going too far. Take a look below as Baldwin gets his karmic due for torching a full-house of treasured Red Sox tickets. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon predicts future stardom, 2011 'SNL' host gig all the way from 1998

In a Dec., 1998 Saturday Night Live episode hosted by a floppy-haired (yet very gelled… ah, the ’90s) Alec Baldwin, a 24-year-old Jimmy Fallon appeared as the “Ghost of Hosts Future” and predicted his own hosting gig come December 12, 2011. WHOA! Fallon really is hosting SNL this December. Jimmy Fallon is psychic!

Then again the 12th is a Monday, so I guess that means Jimmy Fallon is a psychic liar. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin won't run for NYC mayor in 2013, but will enroll in a master's program in politics in 2012

In an interview with The New York Times, Alec Baldwin opens up about his political ambitions. Due to his 30 Rock contract, which requires him to film through April 2012, he does not expect to run for mayor of New York City in 2013. Instead, he plans to enroll in a master’s program in politics and government in the fall of 2012 “to help me better understand what the fiscal imperatives of that job are,” he tells the Times. “What’s the reality of the city unions, of contracts, agreements, teachers, infrastructure, decentralizing, everything? And utilities, Con Ed, the M.T.A. — how does it all work?”

Baldwin says he doesn’t see voters holding his past scandals — a nasty divorce from Kim Basinger that played out in public with a leaked answering-machine message on which he’s heard calling his daughter, then 11, a “pig” — against him. Nor does he think his star status will impede voters from feeling connected to him. “There are people who make a lot of money who become rich people, and then there are people who make a lot of money, but they don’t think like rich people do,” he says. “No matter how much money they have, they are the same from their own upbringing. I would definitely put myself in the latter class.” READ FULL STORY

Yanks fan Alec Baldwin shames Red Sox loyalist John Krasinski in latest New Era ad. But who's having the last laugh?

It was a stinging loss for New York Yankees fans last night as they watched their team lose a tense pitcher’s duel to their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in extra innings. It was bad enough that the game lasted well over four hours, but that they coughed up their narrow 2-1 lead with ace closer Mariano Rivera on the mound was enough to ruin the start of the week for any of the Bronx Bombers faithful.

Thankfully, there’s another one of those brilliant New Era ads, which hilariously pit Alec Baldwin (Yanks fan) and John Krasinski (Sox fan) against each other to cheer us up! In the latest spot, Krasinski watches in complete horror as Baldwin has put a photoshopped (or is it?!) picture of him in skimpy Yankees undergarments at the JumboTron at Yankee Stadium. If the sights and sounds (“Oh! No!”) of an upset Krasinski (sorry, Krapalooski) watching this all unfold on national television while a giddy Baldwin laughs on the other end of the phone isn’t enough to remedy last night’s wounds, nothing (well, besides re-claiming first place) will.

Watch the full clip below and decide who is really having the last laugh in the Baldwin/Krasinski/Yankees/Red Sox rivalry: READ FULL STORY

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