TCA 2012: NBC Resurrecting 'Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday'
Confirming speculation left by holes in the schedule and the upcoming election, the spinoff returns for two dates in September.
NBC has plans for more Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday. The mouthful of a spinoff, which famously helped introduce Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impersonation during the 2008 presidential election, has been added to the network's primetime schedule for Sept. 20 and 27.
Though no talent was announced during NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt's presentation during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, it's assumed that SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers will take lead.
"I’m really in love with the job I have," Meyers recently said in an interview. "I’m very excited to be going back [to SNL] for the election season, which is always fun.”
Premiering in Oct. 2008, and featuring cameos from Will Ferrell, Bill Murray and Fey, the original Weekend Update Thursday scored huge ratings for NBC. The opener pulled in 10.9 million viewers and a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49.
When it returned for another brief run the following autumn, without an election to bolster interest, it wrapped its run with 5 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Plans for a short spring run in 2010 were scrapped.