NBC will air a primetime edition of "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" in August, the network said Tuesday. "Saturday Night Live" gets the summer off but "Weekend Update" will keep the political satire coming in prime-time.
Premiering in August, the half-hour program will feature similar comical (and often fake) takes on current events and air on NBC, which has thus far ordered four episodes.
Saturday Night Live's popular Weekend Update segment is headed to primetime, at least for the summer!
The series will debut on Thursday Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. While Che and Jost, who now host the segment, will continue as the lead anchors, other SNL cast-members will make appearances, as well.More news: Whole Foods Expands Listeria Vulto Creamery Cheese Recall
Talks about a potential primetime installment of Weekend Update started earlier several weeks ago amidst a ratings resurgence for the late-night staple, which, since the Donald Trump inauguration, has been ranking among the top programs of the week in adults 18-49, beating primetime competition, with its best ratings in decades.
Thanks in large part to the weekly skewering of President Trump, SNL's ratings are way up. 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.
A typical "Weekend Update" segment on "SNL" runs between 10 and 15 minutes, so Jost, Che and Co. will have to come up with a good amount of additional material for each primetime show.