Monday, May 4, 2009

Weekend Update to Return This Fall

From the NY Times:

“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.”
The network will announce to advertisers in New York on Monday that it is ordering at least six and as many as 13 prime-time editions of “Update,” most likely for use on its Thursday night schedule, which has become the home once again of a critically praised comedy lineup on NBC.
Last season NBC produced special prime-time editions of “Update” during the weeks leading up to the presidential election and all were highly rated. This will be the first time the “Update” specials will be a weekly part of NBC’s fall schedule, even on weeks when “S.N.L.” is not in production.
The prime-time shows will be anchored by Seth Meyers, who does the same job on “S.N.L.” (He is also that show’s head writer.)
But NBC will look to take advantage of the presence of two former “Update” anchors,
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, on other Thursday night comedies (“30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation,” respectively) by inviting them to serve as occasional guests at the “Update” desk.

I'm not sure what I think of this. I enjoyed the WU segments last fall, but at the same time, the reason they worked so well was because of the presidential election. And if it is going to impact on the quality of regular Weekend Update, I'm not too sure...
What do you think? Are you excited to see them return?

1 comment:

AC said...

I'm interested but not sure how well it will work. I agree that it will be interesting to see if it affects the regular Update. I think they need to add a co-anchor though, Seth does fine when it is 10 or so minutes but 22 mins minus the opening sketch is a long time. I grant that Tina and Amy may come back but for a couple but for the ones where neither are there they could use a co-anchor.