NBC announced the Saturday Night Live satiric news segment will be getting a weekly half-hour telecast starting this summer.
The four episode special, Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update, will start airing primetime on August 10th at 9 p.m. on NBC. Saturday Night Live cast members Colin Jost and Michael Che will continue to co-anchor the spin off with some SNL cast also making guest appearances.
“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, NBC Entertainment chairman, in a statement accompanying the announcement. SNL’s first half of its 42nd season is currently averaging 11 million viewers who watch live or within a week of the broadcast, up 22% since last season.