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'SNL' premieres with a new Barack Obama and featured players

Posted by Rachel Raczka  September 17, 2012 10:40 AM

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seth-mcfarlane.jpgThis weekend, "Family Guy" funny man and RISD grad Seth McFarlane kicked off the 38th season of "Saturday Night Live." The hour opened with Jay Pharoah as President Barack Obama, a role previously played by Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis reprised his role as Mitt Romney. Taran Killam debuted as Romney running-mate Paul Ryan. McFarlane brought his "voices" (and a surprisingly solid ability to carry a tune) to the opening monologue. Korean rapper Psy and a guitar-strumming John Mayer made surprise cameos later in the evening. Frank Ocean performed "Thinkin' 'Bout You" and "Pyramids," and the cast's new featured players made minor on-screen debuts. Memorable impressions of the night included: Honey Boo Boo and her mama, June, Clint Eastwood and chair, and Ryan Lochte.

Next week, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will get a second stab at hosting and will be joined by first-time musical guest, Mumford and Sons.

What was your opinion of the "Saturday Night Live" season premiere? What did you think of McFarlane and Ocean? Anyone missing Kristin Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliot? Thoughts on the new cast members? The skits? Comment here.

[Top image via AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson]

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