'SNL': 'Weekend Update' nabs four-week primetime run


Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update is making the move to primetime.

NBC has ordered four primetime specials of the popular SNL segment to air in primetime beginning Aug. 10, it was announced Tuesday.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will host, with other SNL cast members expected to appear. The specials will air Thursdays in the month of August at 9 pm.

"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," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt,. "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."

The primetime pickup comes in the midst of a banner year for Saturday Night Live, which hit a five-year high in February with 17-time host Alec Baldwin. Baldwin has been recurring as now-President Donald Trump since the beginning of the current season, which has been boosted by both the 2016 presidential election as well as the subsequent political unrest brought by the new administration.

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So far this season, SNL has been averaging a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 and more than 11 million viewers with seven days of delayed viewing factored in. This makes the current season SNL's highest-rated since the 2008-09 season, which not-so-coincidentally timed with the 2008 presidential election between candidates then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, during which time former cast member and writer Tina Fey returned to memorably portray vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Back in 2008, Weekend Update aired three primetime specials in 2008, with three more airing the following year. Jost and Che have been embracing the rise in political news, with the two hosts traveling to both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for specials that aired on MSNBC.

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