Weekend Update Primetime

Weekend Update Primetime Spinoff Officially Ordered at NBC

NBC’s planned Weekend Update spinoff has landed a formal series order — and a somewhat surprising launch date.

Confirming a report from February, the Peacock network announced Tuesday that it has handed a four-episode order for Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update, a 30-minute primetime version of SNL‘s venerable Weekend Update segment, to launch Thursday, Aug. 10 at 9/8c.

As expected, Weekend Update co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will handle hosting duties, although other SNL cast members are expected to make cameos.

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 Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “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 is not the first time Update has aired in primetime. In October 2008, Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler presided over Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday in the weeks leading up to the election between Barack Obama and John McCain. It returned for an additional six episodes in 2009, followed by a brief comeback in September 2012.

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44 Comments
  1. marge201 says:

    Great idea. I like them both a lot.

  2. Raftrap says:

    “Unique brand of news…”? I can’t even…wow, this is happening.

  3. M says:

    Seriously? The weakest part of the show gets a prime time show?

    It’s amazing how much mileage Trump Derrangement Syndrome gets. If only they took shots at the other political party. There’s plenty of loons over there to spoof as well.

  4. Jimmy says:

    Huh. Interesting it’s happening in August…

  5. carolyn says:

    More anti Trump. Nobody would treat Obama as nasty as they treat Trump. I am learning to just not watch network TV at all. Enough is enough,

    • Joey says:

      Everyone, please note that the post above me was made unironically.

    • Patrick says:

      Calm down snowflake.

    • Bartleby says:

      When Trump stops doing and saying things that deserve to be mocked, I’ll agree with you. If you don’t like it, don’t watch SNL and stick to Fox News.

      • dean says:

        Fox News aka their safe space.

      • Mewp says:

        What did he do to you?

        • A fan of TV says:

          Nothing except lie to win an election he didn’t want. Now, he is the person most responsible for any and all govt interactions with the American people. So what he did/is doing to people is taking them for a ride up spit creek with little in the way of paddles.

        • Bartleby says:

          You mean besides falsely accuse a sitting President of a Federal crime with no evidence? Do you want me to go on?

      • James Moore says:

        You lost. Nothing you can say or do can change the fact that we elected Donald Trump. If you don’t like it leave the country. The beauty is your crybaby behavior has destroyed the Democratic Party but you people are too stupid to realize that!

    • pcox says:

      So wait you are telling me that Obama was not talked about or treated nasty by the republican. You really do live in a bubble don’t you. I love when a Republican is in charge, it is an outrage to talk bad about the President but yet for 8 years it was widely accepted. Obama was just the first Prez in the rise of the online social commentary. I remember the Dixie Chicks blasted Bush and were shunned for years. But hey it’s Obama so its okay to take little racist jabs at him and talk about how he isn’t your President

  6. James Moore says:

    How original. Destination flop. Why not take the worst aspect of a show and spin it off. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  7. Joy says:

    Am I in the minority in thinking Colin Jost and Michael Che are terrible weekend update anchors?

  8. dekay11 says:

    I miss Jane Curtin and Dan Akyroyd on Weekend Update. Their stuff was hilarious!

  9. Mewp says:

    And they wonder why no one watches TV any more on Saturday.

  10. Will says:

    I hope they will satire more of the news in August than they currently do on Saturdays.

    Right now Late Night with Seth Meyers has more news satire in the first 3 minutes of the show opening than all 15 minutes of SNL.

    Having someone on the news segment and not doing anything on the news is a skit that belongs on in the regular part of the show. Update shouldn’t be a dumping ground to get cast members on the air when they can’t put them anywhere else in the show.

  11. A fan of TV says:

    Not that SNL is filthy by any means, but will the primetime version of WU need to be sanitized at all by airing at 9pm on network TV? Most of their competition, content wise, airs later, does it not? Also, will it be live or pre-recorded? Assuming not live, but it’s an SNL property after all…

  12. Kevin Tran says:

    So excited about the news. Colin and Michael should make prime time TV funny again.

  13. Ann says:

    Can we have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host instead of those two boring guys? Weekend Update used to be the best part of SNL, now it’s the point in the show where I turn off the tv and go to bed.

  14. leah says:

    Just as long as they bring Leslie Jones back every week to shameless flirt with Colin (aka her ‘Honey Bunches of Jost’), then we’re good.

  15. Kate says:

    Sweet, guess you should all be thanking President Trump. His election has given SNL and co brand new life. Please try to be less mean-spirited and “liberal” and more humorous. I long for good comedy without the hysteria.

  16. awnb95 says:

    Only doing this because of the ratings bump they’ve gotten from Alec Baldwin. Once he stops doing Trump the ratings are going to go back down & they won’t be able to support the 30 Min Weekend Update. Plus what if the current hosts decide to leave. This won’t last long like the last time they did this.

  17. tjchurch2001 says:

    LOVE this!!! Loved the election specials, & always find myself wishing they would have something resembling “SNL” to cover the things that happen (including with President & other usual “SNL” targets) over their usual Summer break.

  18. Loolley says:

    Colin Jost is the epitome of white privilege.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      It’s not their fault they only have 2 watchable African-Americans in the cast (both male)! Heck, before he became the standby reliable, Kenan admitted on talk shows he & Jay were not added despite multiple auditions until Tim Meadows & others left the cast! (That’s why this President nor the last have been believably portrayed by regularly-appearing cast members.)

  19. rjkitch13 says:

    Now if Norm McDonald was hosting this….

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      It would be airing never.

      He couldn’t even survive with a show named after him (simultaneously the reason it hired him, & both of those being reasons it failed).

      My favorite joke this weekend?! When one of them said something to/about the other! (Proves it’s live, unlike the fake ads & pre-tapes like Lonely Island.)

      • rjkitch13 says:

        I’ve never seen Weekend Update since…Dennis Miller maybe?

        • tjchurch2001 says:

          I’ve never seen what that has to do with this article, or needed to be posted…. And I never will.

          • rjkitch13 says:

            Good thing they have you here to monitor pertinent posts.

          • tjchurch2001 says:

            We’re partners, “Kitschy”. They wouldn’t need me here if you didn’t make needless posts. But search for my posts, & find high-quality, on-topic posts others have agreed with & continued from, as well as article-writers have responded positive responses to. Search for yours, & get… GPS directions to a dumpster.

          • rjkitch13 says:

            See, you should be praising me for giving you a meaning in your life. It’s a good thing you’re using the skills the Lord has given you to make comments sections of higher quality.

          • tjchurch2001 says:

            I might thank you for that, if it were not a fact my life had as much meaning (perhaps more) apart from you. Also, it is visible that your comments remain, as does your ability to make more, so the quality has not been lifted.