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Saturday Night Live's 'Weekend Update' to air on primetime this summer

Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment will make a cameo on primetime TV this summer, NBC announced Tuesday. "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will host four 30-minute primetime specials of the SNL comedic news segment over the summer, with other SNL cast members expected to make appearances.

"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," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. SNL has seen its highest ratings in five years this season, largely due to the presidential election and iconic impersonations by Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin.

"Weekend Update" specials previously aired on primetime in 2008 and 2009. The first episode of this round will air Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. ET.