‘SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’ Gets Primetime Slot
NBC could not be happier with Saturday Night Live this season in both ratings and overall press. Rumors have been circling over the past few weeks surrounding the network’s interest in a separate spinoff of the popular SNL segment Weekend Update. Now it seems that those rumors have finally become true.
Beginning Thursday August 10th at 9:00pm central, co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost will sit behind the satirical news desk for four 30-minute episodes of the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “SNL is having its best season in a quarter of a century — how many shows can say that?! — so we didn’t want them to take the summer off.”
The show has garnered much attention since the flood of Alec Baldwin’s signature Donald Trump impressions have made their way across the internet. Although met with mixed reviews, this sudden surge in recent interest for the show was certainly a driving factor behind today’s announcement. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler did however host a Weekend Update segment in its own prime time slot prior to the presidential election back in 2008, but only aired for three more episodes before being canceled.