The rumors were true!
“Weekend Update,” the regular news segment on “Saturday Night Live,” is coming to primetime television. NBC announced the news over Twitter on Tuesday.
The series will air during the sketch show’s summer hiatus, according to Deadline. Each episode will be a half hour, with the first set to air at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 10.
Current “Weekend Update” hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will keep their posts for the series, although other “SNL” cast members will reportedly make appearances.
Thanks in large part to its political coverage and commentary, “SNL” has seen some of its highest ratings in years. It’s no wonder, then, that the show would try its hand at primetime once again. The segment previously aired during that time slot in 2008, ahead of the election showdown between then–presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and again in 2009 and 2012.
“’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,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told Deadline. “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.”