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‘SNL’ gears up for new season launch with Gosling, Jay-Z

This combination photo shows Ryan Gosling at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas, left, and Jay-Z performing at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland on Nov. 4, 2016. Gosling will host the 43rd season opener of “Saturday Night Live” tonight. Jay-Z will be the musical guest.

NEW YORK – “Saturday Night Live” kicks off its new season with Ryan Gosling as host, Jay-Z as the musical guest – and pretty likely some jokes at the expense of the White House.

The sketch comedy show starts up again tonight, and is hoping to build off one of its most-watched seasons in more than two decades thanks to Alec Baldwin’s turn as President Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s appearances as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Both actors recently won Emmys for their work, as did Kate McKinnon, who played Hillary Clinton on the show.

The 90-minute show is now entering its 43rd season. It has grown so popular that it spun off the half-hour “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Summer Edition” while the main show was on break.