It’s Official, ‘Weekend Update’ From ‘SNL’ Is Coming To Primetime
The rumors were true!
Weekend Update, the regular news segment on Saturday Night Live, is coming to primetime television. NBC announced the news over Twitter on Tuesday.
The series will air during the sketch shows summer hiatus, according to Deadline. Each episode will be a half hour, with the first set to air at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 10.
Current Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will keep their posts for the series, although other SNL cast members will reportedly make appearances.
Thanks in large part to its political coverage and commentary, SNL has seen some of its highest ratings in years. Its no wonder, then, that the show would try its hand at primetime once again.The segment previously aired during that time slot in 2008, ahead of the election showdown between thenpresidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, andagain in 2009 and 2012.
SNL is having its best season in a quarter of a century how many shows can say that?! so we didnt want them to take the summer off, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told Deadline. Were thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh Weekend Update shows in primetime this August.
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