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Old 01-23-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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SNL Weekend Update Cecily and Colin

Colin Jost, head-writer of SNL.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:03 PM   #2
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Tina Fey was the head writer before she sat at the update desk.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:10 PM   #3
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Was this the one with the new black female cast member? Howard Stern was going off about the over hype of that earlier this week. From what I heard she's good, but it seemed kind of not cool the way they were promoting her.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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Tina Fey was the head writer before she sat at the update desk.
And Seth has been a Head Writer since Tina left.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:28 PM   #5
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Was this the one with the new black female cast member? Howard Stern was going off about the over hype of that earlier this week. From what I heard she's good, but it seemed kind of not cool the way they were promoting her.
Was what the one?
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:51 AM   #6
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I wonder if this was the plan all along, or did Strong not perform up to expectations while co-anchoring with Meyers?
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:58 PM   #7
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I don't think that this was always the plan, but I also never thought Cecily solo would be the plan going forward. There was talk of Seth continuing after his new show started.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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Cecily seems to do ok with her bits, but never seemed to me to be strong enough to be the main anchor for WU. Figured they would put someone else to lead on the desk, and they have had success with head writers in the recent past.
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I'm pretty sure Chevy Chase was, if not the head writer, one of the key writers during his time doing WU.
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I should look this up.. I thought it was Dan Akyroyd.. who then became an actor because Chase left the show...?
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:33 PM   #11
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I thought the head writer in the early days was Jim Downey. But I could be wrong.

ETA - I was wrong. It was Michael O'Donoghue.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:49 AM   #12
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I'm pretty sure Chevy Chase was, if not the head writer, one of the key writers during his time doing WU.
As mentioned already, Chevy wasn't head writer, but he was a writer.

In fact, Chevy never signed an actor's contract, just a writer's contract. Because the writer's contract is just 1 year while the actor's is 5, this allowed Chevy to leave the show after the first season.
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As mentioned already, Chevy wasn't head writer, but he was a writer.

In fact, Chevy never signed an actor's contract, just a writer's contract. Because the writer's contract is just 1 year while the actor's is 5, this allowed Chevy to leave the show after the first season.
I remember him saying he was hired a writer first in one of those SNL specials. I couldn't remember if he was the head writer or not.
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I should look this up.. I thought it was Dan Akyroyd.. who then became an actor because Chase left the show...?
Akroyd was an actor from day 1. He started doing WU after Chevy left, but initially Jane Curtain did it solo if I remember, then they brought Dan in as sort of a Fox Newsish conservative news guy (of course there was no Fox News then) as opposed to Jane's more liberal stance.
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Akroyd was an actor from day 1. He started doing WU after Chevy left, but initially Jane Curtain did it solo if I remember, then they brought Dan in as sort of a Fox Newsish conservative news guy (of course there was no Fox News then) as opposed to Jane's more liberal stance.
That was a riff on 60 Minutes, which had such a segment back then.


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That was a riff on 60 Minutes, which had such a segment back then.


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Dan: Jane you ignorant slut!

I used to love that segment.

I also remember the bit where Jane ripped open her shirt and showed her bra, and then winked at the camera to try and act sexy. WU is still the only part of SNL I try and watch.
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