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Weekend Update From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia History of Saturday Night Live series: 1975–1980 1980–1985 1985–1990 1990–1995 1995–2000 2000–2005 2005–Present Weekend Update Weekend Update is a Saturday Night Live sketch which comments on and parodies current events. It is the show's longest running recurring sketch, having been on since the show's first broadcast, and is typically presented in the middle of the show immediately after the first musical performance. One or two of the players are cast in the role of news anchor, presenting gag news items based on current events and acting as host(s) for occasional editorials, commentaries, or other performances by other cast members or guests. It is often credited with pioneering the fake news format that has since been adapted by many shows worldwide, such as The Daily Show and Canada's long-running This Hour Has 22 Minutes, although there was a similar "news" segment regularly featured on the 1960s TV show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Contents [hide] 1 In the beginning 1.1 Chevy Chase (1975–1976) 1.2 Jane Curtin (1976–1980) 2 After Lorne Michaels 2.1 Charles Rocket (1980–1981) 2.2 SNL Newsbreak (1981–1982) 2.3 Saturday Night News 2.3.1 Brad Hall (1982–1983) 2.3.2 Guest anchors (1983–1984) 2.3.3 Guest anchors (1984–1985) 3 The return of Weekend Update 3.1 Dennis Miller (1985–1991) 3.2 Kevin Nealon (1991–1994) 3.3 Norm Macdonald (1994–1997) 3.4 Colin Quinn (1998–2000) 4 The return to dual anchors 4.1 Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon (2000–2004) 4.2 Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (2004–2006) 4.3 Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers (2006–2008) 4.4 Seth Meyers (2008-) 5 Weekend Update anchors 6 Weekend Update anchors: the tote board 7 See also 8 References 9 External links  In the beginning  Chevy Chase (1975–1976) The Weekend Update was created by original anchor Chevy Chase and SNL writer Herb Sargent, and appeared on the first SNL broadcast on October 11, 1975. Chase popularized several catch phrases during the segment, such as his "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not" greeting, which parodied WABC-TV anchor Roger Grimsby's opening catchphrase: "Good evening, I'm Roger Grimsby, here now the news."; and his repeated announcement that "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead." In addition, the practice of a picture insert of a person simultaneously giving the news read in sign language for the hearing impaired was parodied by Garrett Morris. Chase would sometimes repeat the top story at the end of the segment, while Morris simply cupped his mouth and shouted the headline more loudly. He would also end the segment with the line "That's the news, goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow." The closing line originally came from The Groove Tube, a sketch comedy film Chase had a minor role in in 1974.  Jane Curtin (1976–1980) Jane Curtin anchoring Weekend Update.Jane Curtin replaced Chase a few shows into Season 2 when he left in 1976; she remained as anchor until 1980. Curtin finished Season 2 solo, but was paired with co-anchors Dan Aykroyd (1977–1978) and Bill Murray (1978–1980). A frequent feature of Update during this time was Point-Counterpoint, in which Curtin and Aykroyd made vicious and humorously inappropriate ad hominem attacks on each other's positions on a variety of topics, in a parody of the 60 Minutes segment of the same name which pitted conservative James J. Kilpatrick and liberal Shana Alexander during the 1970s. Another possible impetus for this recurring bit were the nightly op-ed debates on New York station WNEW-TV's The 10 O'Clock News between conservative Dr. Martin Abend and liberal Professor Sidney Offit which also aired during this period. Aykroyd regularly began his reply with "Jane, you ignorant slut," which became another of the many SNL catch phrases (Curtin frequently began her reply with, "Dan, you pompous ass"). Other popular running features were John Belushi giving editorials which become increasingly hysterical until he is raving at the end (even though that feature started on Chase's tenure late in season 1); Gilda Radner's characters Emily Litella launching a tirade on a subject she misheard, and again as Roseanne Roseannadanna, giving obnoxiously irrelevant editorials. (see also Saturday Night Live characters appearing on Weekend Update). During Curtin's tenure as host, she opened each Weekend Update segment with Grimsby's "Here now the news" sign-on, and closed with Chase's "That's the news, goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow."  After Lorne Michaels  Charles Rocket (1980–1981) Charles Rocket anchoring Weekend Update.Much like the rest of SNL, the segment floundered somewhat after the departure of the original cast and producer Lorne Michaels in 1980. Charles Rocket (later teamed with Gail Matthius) anchored during the ill-fated one-season tenure of new executive producer Jean Doumanian. Although he had experience as a real anchorman, Rocket came across on-air as boorish, stiff and cocky. His closing line after each Update was the clever "I'm Charles Rocket. Good night and watch
out". After Rocket was fired from the show in 1981, he appeared one final time for the March 7, 1981 broadcast. Weekend Update received a name and set change for this single episode (hosted by Bill Murray) in which it became SNL NewsLine. For this final episode of the Charles Rocket era, it was hosted by Rocket alone, without Matthius. The following April, Chevy Chase hosted the show, and anchored WU on April 11, 1981, the final show of the sixth season (he had done the same during his two previous times hosting, in 1978 and 1980).  SNL Newsbreak (1981–1982) Brian Doyle-Murray anchoring Weekend Update.Dick Ebersol, executive producer of SNL from 1981 to 1985, did not make the renamed SNL Newsbreak segment a high priority. The anchor position changed hands frequently, especially during the 1981 season which saw anchor Brian Doyle-Murray teamed first with Mary Gross, then going solo for three months, then back with Mary Gross for one more month before finally being teamed with Christine Ebersole for the remainder of the season. However, both Doyle-Murray and Ebersole were gone by the next year.  Saturday Night News  Brad Hall (1982–1983) Brad Hall took over the desk of Saturday Night News (as it came to be known) for the 1982 and most of the 1983 season. Though he could master the straightforward delivery style of actual news anchors, he was at best mildly received by the audience. Ebersol quietly toyed with the idea of replacing Hall, at one point even offering the job to Hall's fellow cast member and friend Tim Kazurinsky, who turned down the position. Regardless, Ebersol relieved Hall of his position at the desk at the end of 1983.  Guest anchors (1983–1984) For the rest of the 1983–1984 season, and into the next, there was no regular anchor at all, and both cast members and SNL guest hosts took turns at the chair (Hall himself left the show at the end of the 1983–1984 season).  Guest anchors (1984–1985) In December 1984 Christopher Guest became the new permanent anchor, although his tenure was short-lived, as Guest (as well as the rest of the cast) was off the show by next season.  The return of Weekend Update  Dennis Miller (1985–1991) In 1985 Michaels returned to the show, bringing the Weekend Update name with him. The new anchor was the acerbic Dennis Miller, who made the segment his own and remained in the chair for six years. The opening was a parody of the NBC News openings of the mid-1980s, using different songs to open the sequence. Miller's six-year tenure as anchor was the longest in SNL's history until Tina Fey tied and later surpassed his record during the 2005–2006 season. Miller opened the segments by saying "Good evening, and what can I tell ya?" and signed off by saying "That's the news, and I'm outta here!", a line he would take with him to his eponymous HBO show in 1994. He would then scribble nonsense on his script, sometimes throwing it into the air. Miller left in 1991.  Kevin Nealon (1991–1994) Kevin Nealon took over with his low-key style and delivery reminiscent of former anchor Brad Hall. However, the audience welcomed Nealon, with his "Mr. Subliminal" character and as the straightman in many highlights such as "Operaman" and "Cajun Man" (with both characters being played by Adam Sandler), and Chris Farley's "Bennett Brauer" character. In one of Sandler's musical numbers, the "Red-Hooded Sweatshirt" song, Nealon provided background vocals without lifting his eyes off of his notes, which show producers cite as one of the show's funniest moments. Nealon also was "Tina Turner" with Ike Turner (played by Tim Meadows) in several sketches, one featuring Nealon standing up and dancing, revealing a short miniskirt he was wearing below his typical anchorman suit and tie. Nealon had a three-year stint at the Update desk before requesting his departure, as he felt his time behind the desk was drawing away from other acting opportunities on the show. During his final episode as anchorman for Weekend Update, Nealon passed on the position to Norm Macdonald by kissing him on the lips. Nealon returned for his final season in 1994, making him the only solo anchor to return the following season after having been relieved of his Update duties (albeit voluntarily). Nealon signed off with the tag line "I'm Kevin Nealon, and that's news to me." The following season, Nealon would later quip to Successor Norm Macdonald during a 1994 Commentary as part of "Hans & Franz": "You know, the guy who sat here before you was a lot nicer."  Norm Macdonald (1994–1997) Al Franken, whose history with SNL dated back to 1975, had been lobbying to replace Nealon as "Weekend Update" host, but lost the role to the less political Norm Macdonald (in the book Live From New York, Franken would later point to this snub as his reason for leaving SNL). Unlike Nealon, who usually played the role as a straight-faced anchor, Macdonald chose to emphasize the artifice of "Weekend Update," introducing each segment with "I'm Norm Macdonald, and here's the fake news", and frequently breaking character by chuckling at his own jokes, stumbling over his lines, and making self-referential comments regarding his comic delivery. He relied heavily on running gags (such as repeated references to Frank Stallone, David Hasselhoff, and Demi Moore's breasts), stereotypes, and general outrageousness, including audacious attacks on public figures such as O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson. His smirking, deadpan delivery inspired devoted fans as well as ardent opponents. Much like the 1980 season many years earlier, Weekend Update during Macdonald's first year at the desk was considered a high point in a season when ratings, substance, and laughter were lacking. At one point, Chevy
Chase himself deemed Macdonald the only anchor (other than Chase himself) to have "done it right." However, by 1997, it appeared to some that his style had grown stale. On certain nights he would preside over entire Update sketches receiving nothing more than a few minor chuckles from the studio audience. His stint as Weekend Update anchor ended in controversy in December 1997, when he was fired upon the insistence of NBC West Coast Executive Don Ohlmeyer, who, ironically, had earlier pushed Lorne to put Macdonald behind the Update desk in 1994. Ohlmeyer, a friend of Simpson's, was reportedly upset by Macdonald's frequent jokes at the expense of the former football player.  Colin Quinn (1998–2000) Macdonald was replaced by Colin Quinn, who started on the first episode of 1998 and served through the 1999–2000 season. At the beginning of his first show, Quinn gave a short monologue implying that Norm had shown him "the ropes" to being a Weekend Update anchor. Quinn asked the audience if they had ever gone to their favorite bar looking for their favorite bartender and found out the bartender had been replaced by an unfamiliar man named "Steve". After a brief pause, Quinn looked flatly at the audience and proclaimed, "Well, I'm Steve. What can I get for ya?" Occasionally, Quinn would open the segment standing in front of the desk with a quick topical joke, and he would assume the normal anchor position while the "Weekend Update" open aired. During his time behind the Update desk, Quinn presided over much of the highly publicized Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal, the Microsoft Anti-Trust Trial, and the Elián González controversy. His sign-off was "I'm Colin Quinn, that's my story and I'm sticking to it." Quinn left the show in 2000.  The return to dual anchors  Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon (2000–2004) Over the summer of 2000, cast members auditioned to be replacements. Among the candidates were comics Kevin Brennan and Jeffrey Ross, and two duos: Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell; and Jimmy Fallon and writer Tina Fey. The latter group got the nod, and they made their first on-air appearance that October. The Fallon-Fey team caught on with viewers and the press quickly, especially younger viewers, and both anchors appeared on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly in 2002. Fallon ended each Weekend Update sketch by throwing his pencil at the camera and cheering if he managed to hit it. Fey often signed off with Chase & Curtin's "Goodnight, and have a pleasant tomorrow." Recurring features of the Fallon/Fey updates included the "Update Door," a door on the left of the set where celebrities, as impersonated by SNL cast members, would walk through to do a commentary, a segment called "Terrible ReEnactments" in which Chris Kattan would do an intentionally bad re-enactment of a news story that had occurred during the week (usually the story involved a celebrity being injured) and regular appearances from Jeff Richards's Drunk Girl character.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (2004–2006) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the anchors of Weekend Update from 2004–2006.After a popular four-year run, Fallon left to pursue a film career in 2004, and was replaced by fellow cast member Amy Poehler as co-anchor, giving the sketch its first two-woman anchor team and "double the sexual tension." The all-female pairing won praise from many critics, but some critics said they felt the segment was beginning to take after The Daily Show, relying heavily on political humor and video footage, especially during the 2004–2005 season. The 2005 season began with Poehler returning to her seat behind the desk. However, Fey temporarily left the show after giving birth to her first child and was replaced briefly by Horatio Sanz as co-anchor. Fey returned to the show in October for the season's third live episode, jokingly explaining that "NBC and I have a contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement." The 2005–2006 season finale's Weekend Update ended with an apparent sendoff for Fey, who went on to write and star in a prime time sitcom, 30 Rock, which premiered on NBC in October 2006. Fey officially announced her departure from SNL in July 2006. The sketch, featuring these two anchors, appeared in Robin Williams' 2006 political comedy Man of the Year.  Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers (2006–2008) Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, the anchors of Weekend Update from 2006-2008.After the departure of Fey, Amy Poehler continued as co-anchor along with new co-anchor Seth Meyers for the 2006–2007 season. The duo began a string of running gags, including a story revolving around a new study about tree frogs, which can never be revealed, due to a set of unusual interruptions, including drunk dialing by Amy or a random celebrity played by an SNL cast member showing up out of nowhere. Another new gag introduced during the 2006–2007 season, entitled "Really!?! with Seth and Amy," involved Seth and Amy lambasting celebrities (for example Alberto Gonzales, Larry Craig, Eliot Spitzer, or Michael Vick) for lack of common sense. Another running gag started on October 1,
2008, where an anchor would make more than one joke about a story, seem to segue, and then immediately make one more joke about the story. It is uncertain which cast member, if any, will replace Poehler now that she has left SNL after giving birth to her child. During the 2007–2008 season, two previous hosts returned to the Update desk for one off appearances; Chevy Chase, as "Senior Political Correspondent," and Tina Fey, as "Special Women's News Correspondent." Women's news was a running segment during the Fey–Poehler era.  Governor Sarah Palin also appeared on Weekend Update once during the 2008–2009 season, and ended the segment with the traditional "...good night and have a pleasant tomorrow," as Amy Poehler had left the set.  Seth Meyers (2008-) From October 25, 2008 onward, Meyers has been anchoring the segment alone. However, there has been no official announcement about Amy Poehler's departure or replacement. Amy Poheler is still being credited, but is not appearing because she has had her baby, and is taking time off.  Weekend Update anchors A total of 32 people have anchored the Weekend Update desk. Below is a complete list of any and all who have served as an anchor at one time or another, and the season(s) which they served. Note that throughout most of 1984 different cast members, special guests, or the weekly host handled the task. Those individuals—denoted in italics—are also listed below: Season 1 (1975–76): Weekend Update with Chevy Chase Season 2 (1976–77): Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (Last: 1976-10-30) Weekend Update with Jane Curtin (First: 1976-09-25) Weekend Update with Jane Curtin and Buck Henry (1977-02-20) Chase began the season as anchor on September 18, but missed the next two episodes due to an injury sustained while performing a sketch in the season's first episode. He was replaced by Curtin during his absence. Chase returned to the show (and to the Weekend Update desk) October 16–October 30. Jane Curtin permanently took over Weekend Update beginning November 13. Buck Henry co-anchored with Curtin on the Mardi Gras special. Season 3 (1977–78): Weekend Update with Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd Seasons 4 and 5 (1978–80): Weekend Update with Jane Curtin and Bill Murray Season 6 (1980–81): Weekend Update with Charles Rocket Weekend Update with Charles Rocket and Gail Matthius (1981-01-10–1981-02-21) SNL NewsLine with Charles Rocket (1981-03-07) Weekend Update with Chevy Chase (1981-04-11) Season 7 (1981–82): SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross (1981-10-03–1981-10-17) SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray (1981-10-31–1982-02-06) SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross (1982-02-20–1982-09-20) SNL NewsBreak with Brian Doyle-Murray and Christine Ebersole (1982-03-27–1982-05-22) Season 8 (1982–83): Saturday Night News with Brad Hall Season 9 (1983–84): (Cast member unless otherwise noted) Saturday Night News with Brad Hall (Last: 1984-01-21) Saturday Night News with host Don Rickles (1984-01-28) Saturday Night News with host Robin Williams (1984-02-11) Saturday Night News with Joe Piscopo (1984-02-18) Saturday Night News with special guest Edwin Newman (1984-02-25) Saturday Night News with host Billy Crystal (as Fernando Lamas) (1984-02-17) Saturday Night News with host Michael Douglas (1984-04-07) Saturday Night News with host George McGovern (1984-04-14) Saturday Night News with host Billy Crystal (as Fernando Lamas) (1984-05-05) Saturday Night News with special guest Edwin Newman (1984-05-12) Season 10 (1984–85): (Cast member unless otherwise noted) Saturday Night News with Billy Crystal (as Fernando Lamas) (1984-10-06) Saturday Night News with host Bob Uecker (1984-10-13) Saturday Night News with host Jesse Jackson (1984-10-20) Saturday Night News with special guest Edwin Newman (1984-11-03) Saturday Night News with host George Carlin (1984-11-10) Saturday Night News with host Ed Asner (1984-11-17) Saturday Night News with Christopher Guest (1984-12-01–1985-04-13) Seasons 11–16 (1985–1991): Weekend Update with Dennis Miller Seasons 17–19 (1991–1994): Weekend Update with Kevin Nealon Seasons 20–22 (1994–1997): Weekend Update with Norm Macdonald Season 23 (1997–1998): Weekend Update with Norm Macdonald (Last: 1997-12-13) Weekend Update with Colin Quinn (First: 1998-01-10) Seasons 24–25 (1998–2000): Weekend Update with Colin Quinn Seasons 26–29 (2000–2004): Weekend Update with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey Season 30 (2004–05): Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Season 31 (2005–06) Weekend Update with Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz (Last: 2005-10-08) (billed as Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (First: 2005-10-22) Season 32 (2006–2007) Weekend Update with Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers Season 33 (2007–2008) Weekend Update with Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers Guest anchor, "senior political consultant" Chevy Chase (ONLY: 2007-10-06) Guest anchor, "women's news correspondent" Tina Fey (ONLY: 2008-02-23) Season 34 (2008–2009) Weekend Update with Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers (Last: 2008-10-18) Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (First: 2008-10-25)  Weekend Update anchors: the tote board As of episode 34.8 (Host: Tim McGraw with Musical Guest: Ludacris and T-Pain) Name Appearances as WU anchor Total number of appearances As anchor As co-anchor Tina Fey - 118 118 Dennis Miller 110 1 111 Jane Curtin 20 60 80 Jimmy Fallon - 80 80 Amy Poehler - 76 76 Norm Macdonald 69 - 69 Kevin Nealon 61 - 61 Colin Quinn 49 - 49 Seth Meyers 4 37 41 Bill
Murray - 40 40 Chevy Chase 29 2 31 Brad Hall 30 - 30 Dan Aykroyd - 20 20 Brian Doyle-Murray 8 12 20 Charles Rocket 6 6 12 Christopher Guest 11 - 11 Christine Ebersole - 6 6 Mary Gross - 6 6 Gail Matthius - 6 6 Edwin Newman 3 - 3 Billy Crystal as Fernando Lamas 3 - 3 Horatio Sanz - 2 2 Ed Asner 1 - 1 George Carlin 1 - 1 Michael Douglas 1 - 1 Buck Henry - 1 1 Jesse Jackson 1 - 1 George McGovern 1 - 1 Joe Piscopo 1 - 1 Don Rickles 1 - 1 Bob Uecker 1 - 1 Robin Williams 1 - 1  See also Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Weekend The Colbert Report Rick Mercer Report  References ^ Bauder, David (September 21, 2006). "Seth Meyers to co-anchor `SNL's `Update'". Associated Press. Yahoo! News. Retrieved on 2006-09-24. ^ http://www.film.com/features/story/amy-poehler-confirms-she-leaving/21839551 ^ SNL Transcripts Mardi Gras Special 2/20/1977 Weekend Update with Jane Curtin and Buck Henry.  External links Official Saturday Night Live Website saturday-night-live.com - Weekend Update  [show]v • d • eSaturday Night Live History 1975–1980 • 1980–1985 • 1985–1990 • 1990–1995 • 1995–2000 • 2000–2005 • 2005–Present Seasons 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 Related lists Hosts and musical guests (Five-Timers) • Compilation albums and videos • Commercials • Cast members • Writers Recurring characters and sketches Alphabetical • Chronological • By Cast Member • List of recurring Musical Sketches • Weekend Update characters • Short-lived recurring characters Sketch lists TV shows • Animal • Musical • SNL Digital Shorts • TV Funhouse episodes Sketches A Nonpartisan Message from Governor Sarah Palin & Senator Hillary Clinton • Decabet • Barry Gibb Talk Show • Bill Swerski's Superfans • The Blues Brothers • Celebrity Jeopardy! • The Chris Farley Show • Coffee Talk • The Coneheads • The Continental • The Cork Soakers • Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey • Delicious Dish • Gap Girls • Goth Talk • Happy Fun Ball • Hollywood Minute • Jeffrey's • Landshark • Larry the Lobster • Lazy Sunday • More cowbell • The Needlers • Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy • Olympia Cafe • Rialto Grande • The Schoeners • Sprockets • Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber • TV Funhouse • Wake Up and Smile • Wayne's World • Weekend Update • Z105 with Joey Mack Films based on sketches The Blues Brothers (1980) • Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1980) • Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures (1986) • Bob Roberts (1992) • Mr. Saturday Night (1992) • Wayne's World (1992) • Wayne's World 2 (1993) • Coneheads (1993) • It's Pat! (1994) • Stuart Saves His Family (1995) • A Night at the Roxbury (1998) • Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) • Office Space (1999) • Superstar (1999) • The Ladies Man (2000) • Harold (2008) • Key Party (TBD) Characters Adult Students • Bill Brasky • The Bloder Brothers • The Boston Teens • Canteen Boy • Carol • The Church Lady • Debbie Downer • Ed Grimley • Emily Litella • Father Guido Sarducci • Hanukkah Harry • Hans and Franz • Judy Grimes • Lisa Loopner • Lovers • Mango • Mary Katherine Gallagher • Master Thespian • Matt Foley • Merv the Perv • Nick The Lounge Singer • Pat • Roseanne Roseannadanna • Samurai Futaba • The Spartan Cheerleaders • Stuart Smalley • Toonces the Driving Cat • Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer • Velvet Jones • The Whiners Related topics Lorne Michaels • "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" • Dick Ebersol • Don Pardo • Frank Oz • "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" • Jean Doumanian • Jim Henson • Mel Brandt • Saturday Night Live Band • Strategery • Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weekend_Update" Categories: Parodies | Saturday Night Live sketches