It's happening. Again. The ever popular Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live is going to primetime during the off season. Hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost will bring their witty brand of news to the evening starting on August 10. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that NBC announced today that four new specials will be produced.
Below is an episode of News Time that went over a history of "Weekend Update's" history with primetime and how SNL's ratings are exploding this season.
This isn't the first time the show has tried an evening move. Elections specials dubbed Weekend Update Thursday in the fall of 2008 ran for three consecutive weeks. Fall 2009 saw a return to the format for the same amount of time. SNL creator Lorne Michaels said that, in the same season, winter and spring episodes were to join the schedule in early 2010 but those never did. It wasn't until nearly four years later that Weekend Update Thursday came back for two episodes in September of 2012.
More recetnly during the summer national conventions for democrats and republicans, Che and Jost got to perform live during MSNBC's coverage to crowds of tens.Ratings slipped for the later years which explains the absence and ultimate cancellation. Sadly, this new political climate has allowed for punchier lines and ample stories.