There's a new Weekend Updater in town, ladies and gentlemen! With the premiere less than two weeks away, 'Saturday Night Live' has decided to announce some exciting new changes to its cast, including who will co-anchor the popular 'Weekend Update' segment with Seth Meyers. (Drum roll, please!)
Executive producer Lorne Michaels recently revealed to The New York Times that Cecily Strong, who joined the show last year, will sit alongside Meyers at the anchor desk starting with the show's Season 39 premiere, airing Sept. 28. "Cecily, from the first show, was right there," Michaels remarked. "She exploded."
Strong has already made quite a name for herself with her 'Update' segment 'The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party' as well as her “glamorous” commercials with Vanessa Bayer for Moet and Hermes. However, it has yet to be decided if Strong will fly solo with the job once Meyers takes up the reigns to host the network's 'Late Night' starting in February.
As of now, Michaels states that his plan is to keep Meyers on as co-anchor even beyond that point given the fact that 'Late Night' doesn't tape on Fridays. This would leave the star free to live and mock headlines for another day. He'll probably be exhausted, but they could make it work.
Other news revealed in the report includes the addition of new castmembers — as well as one featured player who will become a full-time writer this season. Tim Robinson will leave the cast to join the writing staff, while writer Mike O’Brien will become a castmember along with newbies Brooks Wheelan, Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, and the lone new female comedian, Noël Wells.
'SNL' said goodbye to veteran castmembers Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis earlier this year. Let's hope these newcomers can help fill the hole these comedic gems have left in our hearts.
'Saturday Night Live' returns on Saturday, Sept. 28 on NBC with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire.