‘SNL: Weekend Update’ specials to air during Emmy voting could mean first win in 24 years

Saturday Night Live” may just have found the secret to finally winning an Emmy this year after a 24-year drought. Its second of two wins in the now defunct Variety Series was back in 1993. It then contended in that category 12 more times unsuccessfully before it was split into two in 2015. That year and last it lost the new Variety Series (Sketch) races, first to “Inside Amy Schumer” and then to “Key and Peele.”

With both those shows no longer on the air, “SNL” has a real shot at a win. And Tuesday’s news that four episodes of “Weekend Update” are going to air in August could just seal the deal.

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The half-hour version of the late-night staple anchored by Colin Jost and Michael Che will air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. beginning August 10. Final Emmy voting kicks off on August 14 for two weeks, so TV academy members will have three chances to be reminded of the merits of “SNL” before the August 28 deadline.

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In making the announcement, NBC Entertainment chair Robert Greenblatt said, “‘SNL’ is having its best season in a quarter of a century — how many shows can say that?! —  so we didn’t want them to take the summer off.”

Indeed, this is the highest-rated season of the show since 1993, the year it won that Emmy, with total viewers topping 11 million weekly.

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