"Weekend Update" will be updating viewers all summer.
"Saturday Night Live" is spinning off the popular satirical news segment into its own primetime series. NBC has ordered four episodes, with the first premiering Thursday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. Current "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will continue to man the desk in the spinoff.
"SNL" is experiencing a ratings resurgence and getting a lot of buzz for its take on President Donald Trump and his administration.
"'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 isn't the first time "Weekend Update" has aired in primetime. In 2008, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers headlined a primetime version in the weeks before the presidential election between Barack Obama and John McCain.
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