'Saturday Night Live' Sets Up Standalone 'Weekend Update' Show in Primetime

'Saturday Night Live' Sets Up Standalone 'Weekend Update' Show in Primetime

It's never been a more fruitful time to poke fun at the (mind-numbingly horrible) news of the world. As a result, Saturday Night Live has enjoyed its best ratings in decades. Rather than let the show simmer down for hiatus while the world undoubtedly burns this summer, producers have decided to send "Weekend Update" to primetime.

NBC has ordered four episodes of Weekend Update, which is set to kick off on August 10.

In a press release, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said, "SNL is having its best season in a quarter of a century — how many shows can say that?! — so we didn't want them to take the summer off. We're thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh 'Weekend Update' shows in primetime this August."

The show will run for 30 minutes, meaning there will be plenty of time for desk segments between the one-liner jokes.