NBC’s Saturday Night Live will start airing original content on April 11 at 11:30 PM. ET/PT. The length of the original telecast and exact roster of new material are still being figured out.
It will include Weekend Update and other original content from SNL cast members. All of it will be produced remotely as the show, along with all other TV programs, practices social distancing.
While sketches involving multiple performers are hard to pull off in time of social distancing, Weekend Update, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, had been considered a strong contender to return on the air after late-night talk shows, including NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers have successfully done so. Both are produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, which also is behind SNL.
It has been a difficult week personally for Che who revealed that his grandmother has died from the coronavirus.
Saturday Night Live had been on a scheduled hiatus for the past week when the COVID-19 crisis brought Hollywood production to a halt last month. The sketch program’s hiatus was extended until further notice, scrapping the planned March 28 original episode with host John Krasinski and musical guest Dua Lipa. It is unclear if any of them will appear on SNL‘s first new edition this week.
SNL, produced in association with Broadway Video, is created and executive produced by Michaels.
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