Talk:Weekend Update

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Should Weekend Update be listed as a recurring sketch? It doesn't really fit in with the concept of a sketch. It's in a whole category of its own, and I just don't feel it should be called "the show's most popular recurring sketch" because it's just a segment of the show. I'm happy with calling it a 'segment'. It's on every episode as a given, whereas recurring characters come and go, rarely appearing on two consecutives episodes. Moreover, there are no characters played on Update, it's an anchor or two as themselves. It's almost like calling the opening monologue a recurring sketch. Am I right? Leadpipevigilante 05:54, 2 November 2005 (UTC)

What's With the Cleanup?[edit]

Whoever put this page on the cleanup list, please give an explanation on why it is there so I can help clean it up. Thanks. Registered User 92 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 19:46, 22 May 2006 (UTC) (talkcontribs)

Pics[edit]

Does anyone think that maybe there should be pictures of Aykroyd and/or Murray for the Jane Curtin era? It would look better beacause they too were anchors of Weekend Update, even if they were only co-anchors and never hosted the show by themselves.--Chaz 21:03, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Correct Tallies for Anchors?[edit]

Before I updated the page to include episodes from Oct 21, 2006 to Dec 2, 2006, Seth Meyers was listed as having already hosted six episodes. I have no idea where this number comes from, but he and Amy Poehler did host from Oct 21 to Dec 2 (five episodes), so I added five to his and Amy's existing totals. Whether Meyers has hosted 11 or not is based on the accuracy of my post-update count. I can verify that he has hosted on Oct 7, 21, 28; Nov 11, 18; and Dec 2 of 2006. This is a total of 6 episodes. Note that I'm not including any episodes newer than Dec 2 in my consideration because I do not have copies of those episodes. I have a copy of each episode in Seasons 30, 31 and 32, so I could go back and check in a couple weeks when I have time, but if someone else can verify this before I do, then I won't have to dig up my copies. Unfortunately, he joined the cast in 2001, and I don't have access to those episodes to see if he anchored any of them or not. Can someone fill me in on the other dates before Dec 2, 2006, that he has hosted? KyleGoetz 23:13, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

"Longest-serving" chart[edit]

I was going to paste this chart here that I cut from SNL, but I see there already is a "tote board" with basically the same information. Should this be integrated somehow? Not a dog 16:52, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Cast Member Tenure Total Seasons Total Episodes Other Notes
Tina Fey October 7, 2000May 21, 2005 and October 22, 2005May 20, 2006 6 seasons 117 episodes Longest serving Weekend Update anchor, missed the beginning of the 31st season due to pregnancy
Dennis Miller November 9, 1985May 18, 1991 6 seasons 111 episodes Longest consecutive tenure as anchor
Jimmy Fallon October 7, 2000May 15, 2004 4 seasons 80 episodes
Jane Curtin October 23, 1976May 24, 1980 4 seasons 78 episodes
Norm MacDonald September 24, 1994December 13, 1997 4 seasons 69 episodes
Kevin Nealon September 28, 1991May 14, 1994 3 seasons 60 episodes
Colin Quinn January 10, 1998May 20, 2000 3 seasons 50 episodes
Amy Poehler October 2, 2004 – present 3 seasons and counting


Yes, please insert!! It needs to be updated but there is currently nothing on the page that tells you the number of episodes for each anchor.

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Point/Counterpoint[edit]

I've noticed that while the name of those sketches came from the 60 Minutes segment, the tone of the sketches – especially Dan Aykroyd's "Jane, you ignorant slut" invective – appeared more to be a parody of the nightly debate segments between conservative Dr. Martin Abend and liberal Prof. Sidney Offit which aired on WNEW-TV's (now WNYW) The 10 O'Clock News from the later 1970's to the mid-1980's. Aykroyd in particular, in his role, seemed more reminiscent of Dr. Abend, with the latter's frequent insults towards Prof. Offit. Has anyone else noticed this, and if so, where could this be put in, in the Jane Curtin era section? –Wbwn (talk) 22:32, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

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Tina Fey Total?[edit]

Does Tina Fey's appearance on last night's show (2008-02-23) during Weekend Update, count as co-anchor or guest star? Acps110 (talk) 20:50, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

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impact[edit]

shouldn't there be a cultural impact section for this article? 65.95.14.96 (talk) 03:14, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Italics[edit]

"Weekend Update" is a segment within a TV show. TV shows are in italics. Segments are in quote marks. I'm not sure if this should go to RfC or if there's general agreement on this common grammatical rule. Discuss, please. --Tenebrae (talk) 03:32, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

I think it should be italicized. Weekend Update, as a satiric news show, has been aired within SNL since its first program and has been the historical precursor of other satiric news programs. Imaginary newspapers and shows such as the Daily Planet and The Itchy & Scratchy Show are italicized even if they appear within cartoons or films. The SS Minnow is italicized, as are the names of other ships which appear in TV shows or cartoons. A forty-two-year-old fictional newscast seems to fall within that range. Randy Kryn 02:23, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
p.s. just noticed that the italic title and italics were changed after this discussion started, so I put them back to the italicized form until a consensus is reached. Seems the first mention and other italics had been in place since 2004. Randy Kryn 12:52, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
I'd only suggest that unlike The Itchy & Scratchy Show, which is presented as a TV series within a fictional narrative, or the Daily Planet, which is a newspaper within a fictional narrative, Saturday Night Live isn't a fictional narrative but a sketch-comedy show, and "Weekend Update" would be in quote marks just like "The Coneheads". --Tenebrae (talk) 21:02, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
I see the change was made Feb. 22, with the editor citing MOS:QUOTETITLE. For the record, it reads, "Segments of a play, film, television show, etc., including named acts, skits, scenes, and the like." --Tenebrae (talk) 21:07, 8 March 2017 (UTC)
The show seems like one which both a guideline-exception or an ignore-all-rules exception should apply, as the guideline is incomplete and should include 'unless the subject portrays a play, film, newscast, newspaper, television show, etc.' Taking the guideline literally would, indeed, unitalicize the Itsy & Scratchy Show, Daily Planet, and many other named italicized fictionized subjects. Weekend Update, a forty-two-year-old satiric news program which occurs within another show, is more than just a segment, act, or skit, but acts as a cultural institution and media touchstone. "The Coneheads" is a humour skit about a family, so is a horse of a different head-shape. Randy Kryn 22:24, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

The Weekend Update Stage[edit]

Where is the Weekend Update stage in relation to the SNL stage? This is never made clear. Are the two stages in the same theater, with the same audience? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.206.183.136 (talk) 04:47, 19 November 2017 (UTC)