NBC has officially picked up a primetime version of “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update”, airing for a four-week period during SNL’s summer hiatus.
“Weekend Update” hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will continue to act as hosts, with additional SNL cast members to make appearances.
Talk of the primetime installment started several weeks ago, after “SNL” ratings started to rise again. Since U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the weekend sketch comedy series has become a late-night staple once again, drawing in its biggest audience in decades.
“SNL is having its best season in a quarter of a century, so we didn’t want them to take the summer off,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “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.”
This isn’t the first time NBC brought “Weekend Update” to weeknights, in October 2008 Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler hosted “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” in the weeks leading up to the Presidential election of that year. It also came back for an additional six episodes in 2009 and again in 2012.
SNL airs Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Starting Aug. 10, “Weekend Update” will air on NBC Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.