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'Saturday Night Live' to air summer primetime 'Weekend Update' specials

'Saturday Night Live' to air summer primetime 'Weekend Update' specials

Other "SNL" cast members are expected to make special appearances.

Saturday Night Live is as vital as its ever been as the comedic institution takes on the Trump administration, but in a couple of months the season is going to end and the show is going to take a summer hiatus.

"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". Each episode will be a half hour, with the first set to air at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 10.

"Saturday Night Live" may just have found the secret to finally winning an Emmy this year after a 24-year drought. While Che and Jost, who now host the segment, will continue as the lead anchors, other SNL cast-members will make appearances, as well.

Still, the show's Live +7 ratings are up 26 percent year to year in viewers (11.02 million vs. 8.82 million in 2015-16) and up 22 percent in adults 18-49 (3.6 vs. 2.9).


Spinning off "Weekend Update" over the summer is a no-brainer for the network, given that the longtime sketch series has arguably never been more relevant.

The "Saturday Night Live" skit "Weekend Update" will get its own prime-time run in August.

"SNL" is seeing a major spike in ratings ever since Donald Trump announced his run for presidency. Advantages are obvious: "SNL" keeps the brand in front of fans awaiting the new season, and keeps it current when the rest of late-night TV continues to dine out on the current political climate.

So far this season, the show's 42nd on air, "SNL" is averaging more than 11 million viewers who watch live or within a week of the broadcast.


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