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

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 15, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 15, 2013 |

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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