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This is good news. For many, many years, the gauge of a good Saturday Night Live episode depended upon three things: a good "cold open," a good monologue, and a good Weekend Update segment. If they miss on one or more of those, the episode stinks, by and large.
So, expanding Weekend Update into prime time could be a real shot in the arm to the 34-year old show. Or, it could stretch the writers too far, and ensure a bad show on Saturday night. Who knows? Unfortunately, this announcement comes at a time when Amy Poehler has her own sitcom, as does Tina Fey. Seth Meyers is good as the anchor, but the format works much better as a team: Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon, Fey and Poehler, Poehler and Meyers. It always feels like Meyers is waiting for the hand off for his jokes.
Anyway, as a fan, I'll look forward to the new Weekend Update episodes. And then, as usual, I'll probably offer my savage review (and watch anyway).
NBC’s ‘Weekend Update’ to Expand
“Weekend Update,” the satirical television news segment, worked during the presidential election year, and now NBC will again try to capitalize on interest in the news by producing it as half-hour specials during its next prime-time season, as well as the usual segments in “Saturday Night Live. . .”
Read more at: New York Times