Starting Thursday, Aug. 10, anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost will bring SNL's venerable fake news segment to prime time.
NBC announced Tuesday that starting August 10, it will air four half-hour episodes of the show's Weekend Update news sketch, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che with appearances by the rest of the cast.
NBC execs gave "Weekend Update" a try during the election by giving Jost and Che their own election special, which seemed to go over well. "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", NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement.
He's right about that huge postelection boost, enjoyed by other late-night shows, notably "Late Show with Stephen Colbert", and "The Daily Show", which are also preoccupied with a new president.
The summer edition of Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update will air at 9 ET/PT. Primetime editions of Weekend Update have also aired on Thursdays in the fall of 2008, 2009 and 2012, sometimes focused on presidential elections, but this marks its first summer run.
SNL's current 42nd season is the most-watched since the 1992-'93 season, Dana Carvey's final one.
The order comes after SNL has had its best season in 24 years, averaging 7.6 million total viewers and a 2.24 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
"SNL" has won 53 Emmy Awards, the most for any show in television history. "Saturday Night Live" was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters".