• Wed, May 15 2013

Let’s Speculate On Who Will Take Over ‘Weekend Update’ On SNL

Seth Meyers anchoring Weekend Update on SNLNow that Seth Meyers is officially taking over for Jimmy Fallon on Late Night, I think the question on everybody’s mind is — “why don’t I have a boyfriend?” Or wait, maybe that’s just the question on tween girls’ minds, and the question on everybody else‘s mind is, “Who will replace Seth on ‘Weekend Update’?” (Sorry about the confusion, there. Just because of the job, sometimes I accidentally get my wires crossed with tween girls’ brain waves and I hear all their thoughts instead of my own. APOLOGIES.)

But anyway. Originally I think Bill Hader would’ve been the obvious choice, as was astutely pointed out by one of our commenters, but since he’s also recently announced he’s leaving the show, we’re kind of left high and dry. After all, in case you’ve forgotten, Seth has anchored Weekend Update for seven seasons, longer than any other anchor, with 132 episodes. He may return for the first half of SNL‘s 39th season in the fall, but ultimately, the show is gonna need to find somebody else. So who do we think they’re gonna choose? I plucked out the five best candidates, in my opinion, and gave the pros and cons of each. Let me know what you think.

Bobby Moynihan. He’s likable, he’s dependable, he’s been on the show since 2008, and his character ‘Drunk Uncle’ has given him experience holding it together behind the desk. I could for sure see this happening. He’s probably the best suited for the job in the friendliness category, although I’ve never seen him be cutting and direct the way previous anchors like Seth, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler were.

Fred Armisen is actually my best guess, the person I’m putting my money on. He hasn’t officially agreed one way or the other to coming back for the next season, but he’s been with the show for eleven seasons, so he definitely has the epxerience. Plus, moving to the Weekend Update desk would most likely free him up for his other projects like Portlandia, and he’s not used that much in sketches anymore except for little bit parts.

I don’t solidly stand behind this speculation, but Vanessa Bayer wouldn’t be a bad choice by any means. My only reservation is that she’s still pretty new to the show, only joining the cast in 2010, but if they did choose her, the other women are definitely strong enough to pick up any slack of moving her away from full-time sketches.

Another person I didn’t initially consider, but who I could see doing a good job is Kenan Thompson. He’s been with the show for ten seasons, surprisingly enough, so he’s one of the most long term cast members. My only reservation is that he’s one of the only people of color on the show, and god knows that if you take your eye off those writers for one minute, they’ve already thrown someone in blackface.

I have the same nervousness about Nasim Pedrad, because they end up doing that same thing with her that they did with Maya Rudolph where they make her play every race because she looks mildly indeterminate. She’d do a great job with the hard-hitting part, but she’s also only been with the show since 2009, one year longer than Vanessa Bayer.

Bottom line, if he sticks around, I’m putting my money on Fred Armisen, I think. But I honestly have no idea, so let’s just wait to see who they announce and then pretend that’s what I said from the beginning, deal? Deal.

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  • http://twitter.com/kaitsmith Kait Smith

    I’ve wanted John Mulaney to take over the Update Desk (or co-anchor with Seth) since he started making cameos a few seasons ago to rant about Girl Scout cookies and Mad Men. When he left to work on his pilot, I kind of threw the idea out the window, thinking his show would OBVIOUSLY get picked up and he wouldn’t need SNL anymore. However, now that his show wasn’t picked up, a small part of me has hope that Lorne will assign John to the desk. I know he was never a cast member, but I think his personality works well for Update.

    The only argument – would this be a step backwards for Mulaney? In some ways, yes, and in some ways, no. The positive spin would be that Jimmy and Seth both graduated from Update to do Late Night Work – another avenue I think Mulaney would be great in.

    Would love to know your thoughts!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      That would be the best! I would personally love this, because I’m a writer and I know who John Mulaney is, but I feel like they might shy away from the idea just because most regular viewers wouldn’t recognize him. Now that you’ve put the idea in my head, though…they should totally have him co-anchor with Seth for the first half of the next season until he leaves for Late Night, to give the audience time to get used to John. And then he could go solo in 2014 once he’s gotten his foot in the door. I would love that! Great idea, Kait!

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