This is a reach back to the past when "SNL" provided a series of "Updates" in the run-up to the 2008 election, and again last summer when Che and Jost also produced some specials for MSNBC during the conventions. "We're thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh "Weekend Update" shows in primetime this August", NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. Politico first reported last month that NBC will be exploring a weekly "Weekend Update" series to "help NBC capitalize on a topsy turvy news cycle". While Che and Jost, who now host the segment, will continue as the lead anchors, other SNL cast-members will make appearances, as well.
It's official: NBC has picked up a primetime version of, which will have a four-week run during the show's summer hiatus beginning Thursday, August 10 at 9 PM.
Saturday Night Live returns April 8 with host Louis C.K. and musical guest The Chainsmokers.
The half-hour telecast will feature Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, with additional SNL cast members also set to make appearances.
SNL's current 42nd season is the most-watched since the 1992-'93 season, Dana Carvey's final one. Versus year-ago averages, SNL is up +21% in adult 18-49 rating and up 2.2 million persons or +26% in total viewers.
"SNL" has won 53 Emmy Awards, the most for any show in television history.
"Weekend Update" is often the funniest part of "Saturday Night Live" and now the fake news institution is getting its own primetime show this summer. "Saturday Night Live" was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters".