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'Saturday Night Live' Sets a Succession Plan For 'Weekend Update'

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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Cecily Strong — last year’s break-out cast member, best known for her ‘Girl You Wished You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party’ character — will be succeeding Seth Meyers at the “Weekend Update” desk. The details, however, are still squishy. Cecily Strong will co-host “Weekend Update” along with Meyers, until he moves over to Late Night. However, there is also the possibility that Seth Meyers will stay on and continue co-anchoring “Weekend Update” while he’s hosting Late Night.

According to the NYTimes, which first reported the news:

“Seth is a unique case,” Lorne. Michaels said, noting that the new late-night show would not have a Friday edition, letting Mr. Meyers potentially drop in and work that day and Saturday on “Update.”

It’s definitely good news for Strong, who will likely become the most high-profile member of the SNL cast. However, she’s so good in the sketches, I’d hate to see her pulled away from that.

A few other casting announcements will be made official tomorrow, although they have been in the works for weeks.

Mr. Michaels settled on the final addition to the cast last week: Brooks Wheelan, a young stand-up comedian who has been working in Los Angeles. The names of the other new cast members have been circulating for several weeks, and NBC will make them official on Monday. Probably the most recognizable of the group is Beck Bennett, who is seen in the ubiquitous AT&T commercials with gaggles of kids. A performing partner of his, Kyle Mooney, is also an addition. The others are John Milhiser and the only new woman in the cast, Noël Wells.

In another change, Tim Robinson, who had been a new cast member last season, will move to the writing staff. At the same time, Mike O’Brien, a writer for the show since 2009, will join the cast.

(Source: NYTimes)




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Comments Are Welcome, Douches Are Not


  • e jerry powell

    Does this mean no more AT&T kids?

  • BrokenWindows

    I'm I the only person who thinks Seth Myers is the most boring SNL cast member in history? I'm glad I don't like late night talk shows. I won't have to be subjected to him on Late Night.

  • e jerry powell

    You're forgetting about Dennis Miller and Brad Hall.

  • BrokenWindows

    Miller I liked, actually. He at least had a sarcastic streak on Update. Brad Hall I can't speak to very much. Not too familiar with him. But Myers just sucks.

  • e jerry powell

    Brad Hall. Weekend Update during the Eddie Murphy era, better known as Mr. Julia Louis-Dreyfus; they were on SNL together.

  • BrokenWindows

    I know who he is. I just haven't seen as much of that era of SNL.

  • e jerry powell

    Sometimes I forget how old I am. Not often, but it will probably increase as I advance into senility.

  • Gunnut2600

    Holy shit! You are telling me that not only is SNL still on the air...but people actually still care about it?

    What the hell..."in living color", "kids in the hall", and "upright citizens brigade" get canceled but this shit gets to go on for all of eternity.

  • e jerry powell

    Wasn't Lorne Michaels the American producer for Kids in the Hall?

  • Bananapanda

    Lorne Michaels must be the J. Edgar Hoover of NBC.

  • The Grand Leaf

    The goofy looking dude gets moved to writing stuff. Color me shocked.

  • Maximum Wolf

    Tim Robinson should still be an onscreen cast member.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Aw, I hope that's what poor Tim Robinson wants. He had an endearing goofiness.

  • apsutter

    Agreed...he was goofy and I loved it. Oddly, two of my favorite skits had him in them. The basketball song one and Z-Shirt

  • phofascinating

    Brooks Wheelan is one of my favoritefavorite LA stand-ups. I'm so glad his pretty face isn't going to just be squandered away in the writer's room.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    The only thing I care about is Noel Wells. I am shallow, you guys, except it's not shallow because I am attracted to her humor as much her adorableness.

  • John W

    The only possible bad thing is we'll miss the 'Girl You Wished You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party’ character which I've only seen on weekend update, but I guess they could create a sketch specifically for her.

  • mkawia

    It's an outrage. It's a tragesty

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    I'm too old for a sugar daddy.

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  • e jerry powell

    You go, boy!

  • Bananapanda

    You need to open your ears and read a book. I mean. gawd. Middle East. Do you know what's happening over there? Do you?

  • Quatermain

    I wish you hadn't started this conversation.

  • John W

    Tell me more!

  • phofascinating

    My thoughts exactly. That character was my favorite thing about last season.

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