While it often sounds like a good idea, making a spinoff of Saturday Night Live rarely ends well. For every Blues Brothers or Wayne's World, there's an It's Pat, Night at the Roxbury, Coneheads, or The Ladies Man. But that doesn't stop people from trying, so NBC is considering spinning off show's long-running Weekend Update segment into its own show. According to a report from Politico earlier this week, Weekend Update could air on Thursdays starting later this year.
A report on Deadline says the show's average ratings this season have been the best in 22 years, and that has to be credited to the heavy focus on politics, particularly mocking President Donald Trump. Even Donald Trump, who claims to hate the show, appears to watch it every week and promote it by tweeting angrily about it. A Weekend Update spinoff would likely follow a similarly Trump-heavy formula.
This wouldn't be the first time a Thursday Weekend Update has been tried. NBC ran some Weekend Update Thursday specials in 2008, 2009, and 2012.