Williams still on desk at 'SNL'


NEW YORK -- "Saturday Night Live" with Brian Williams will go on, writers strike or not.

All of the skits scheduled for Saturday night's show are in and the rewrites were scheduled to be completed Thursday night. Williams will guest host the long-running late-night comedy show Saturday night.

There were about 40 sketches read through Wednesday, and 12-15 were selected to continue. The camera blocking of the sketches occurred Thursday and will continue today. There will be a full run-through Saturday, a dress rehearsal in the evening before a live audience and then the live show for the broadcast.

Williams is no doubt the first guest host who in the course of a week will anchor the network's nightly newscasts, co-moderate a presidential debate and guest-host "SNL."

In a break between "NBC Nightly News" and moderating the Democratic presidential debate at Drexel University, Williams said that he had worked that day on the debate preparation until 2:30 p.m. and then shifted gears for the daily news meeting and worked on the newscast until a little after 7 p.m.

Then he rushed to the debate hall and finished preparations and did the debate until 11 p.m. Then he hopped into a car and rode back to New York and worked with the "SNL" writing staff until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

He's been doing his newscasts and working on the show afterward. Williams is known not only for his journalistic skills but also his personal wit, which has been shown in various places including a "Weekend Update" skit on a previous "SNL."