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‘SNL’ to spinoff ‘Weekend Update’: report


NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” plans on turning its “Weekend Update” into a weekly series, according to a new report.

The spinoff would likely air for 30 minutes in prime time late Thursdays, Politico said Tuesday.

{mosads}Variety reported Sunday that total “SNL” viewership is up 22 percent over a comparable period during the 2015–2016 season.

The sketch comedy series now boasts 10.6 million viewers overall, compared with 8.7 million last year.

“SNL” is now enjoying its strongest ratings in 22 years, according to NBC, which said the previous record came during the 1994–1995 season.

The highest-rated “SNL” episode so far this season was its first after the election. That show was hosted by Dave Chappelle. 

“SNL” has repeatedly satirized President Trump and his nascent administration in spoofs since November.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who has portrayed Trump since last year, returned during last Saturday’s episode for a segment that ended with Trump sitting behind a kid’s desk, where he addressed White House adviser Stephen Bannon as “Mr. President.”

Actress Melissa McCarthy also delivered a withering impersonation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a separate skit.

“Before we begin, I know that myself and the press have gotten off to a rocky start,” she said in the skit’s opening.

“In the sense when I say ‘rocky start,’ I mean it in the sense of ‘Rocky’ the movie, because I came out here to punch you in the face.”

Spicer told “Extra” he finds “SNL” generally “funny” but believes McCarthy “could dial back” her exaggerated impression of him.

Trump was allegedly less amused, however, with Politico reporting Monday the president was bothered Spicer was portrayed by a woman.

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