Splitsider: ‘SNL Weekend Update Thursday’ Recap
September 21, 2012 Leave a comment
In addition to covering SNL this season, I will also be covering the Weekend Update Thursday primetime election specials for Splitsider. Last night was the first, and it was a bit underwhelming.
“As a follower of all-things-SNL, I have mixed feelings over the show’s election-year foray into primetime, Weekend Update Thursday. I can get past the oxymoronic name — something that seems less a tongue-in-cheek choice by the creative team in Studio 8H and more of the “Of course we can still call it The Tonight Show if it airs at 12:35 a.m.!” logic of the upper floors of 30 Rock. Saturday Night Live is never really “live” for a west coaster like me anyway, so I’m not about to start complaining that Thursday isn’t technically the “weekend.”
On one hand, more sketches and jokes is always a good thing, in my book. SNL can reach an even wider audience in NBC’s Thursday night comedy block, boosting its cultural relevancy and increasing the star power of its cast members (an especially nice benefit for the newcomers). Also, the writers can get a jump on the gun for commenting on the week’s political news — something they usually have to wait until the weekend (after all the other late-night comedians have had their shot) to do. Other the other hand, this is SNL we’re talking about. Election-year SNL. The show isn’t in any dire need for viewers the way NBC’s other Thursday comedies are. It’s no secret that the primetime specials are an attempt by the network to milk SNL‘s election year momentum for all it’s worth… at the risk of exhausting its already burdened staff. At the end of the day, Weekend Update Thursday occupies a similar niche within the SNL canon as Will Ferrell’s third Best Of DVD and any of those behind-the-scenes docs that NBC periodically airs: It’s SNL-related so I’ll probably watch and enjoy it, but it’s really not that necessary.”
Read the full post on Splitsider.com.