2018 WGA Awards predictions: ‘Saturday Night Live’ will beat itself (sort of) for back-to-back victories

What happens when “Saturday Night Live” goes up against “SNL Weekend Update”? At the Writers Guild Awards, only one can prevail and that will be the mothership series, according to our latest combined odds. With 2/13 odds in the variety sketch series race, “SNL” is ahead of the three-week summer edition of “Weekend Update,” which trails with 14/1 odds, to take home the trophy Sunday.

Both programs share most of the same writers, so a win by either will be a win for almost everyone on the “SNL” writing team. This would be the second straight WGA Award for “SNL” in this category, which was created two years ago after the WGA separated the former variety series category into variety sketch series and variety talk series. “Inside Amy Schumer” won the inaugural variety sketch award.

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Before the separation, “SNL” last won the variety series award in 2010, tying with “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

However, this might not be as easy a victory for “SNL” as it might appear. This season hasn’t had the same buzz as last season and “Weekend Update” could siphon away votes. If the dual “SNL” programs do split the vote, that could be great news for “Nathan for You” (40/1 odds), “Portlandia” (50/1 odds) and “The President Show” (66/1 odds). “Portlandia” won the single variety series category in 2013.

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