SNL Finishing Season By Going Live Coast-To-Coast
WINNIPEG, MB. — Saturday Night Live’s record-shattering season is taking the show into uncharted territory.
For the first time in its four decade history, SNL will broadcast across all time zones at the same time.
People along the Pacific Ocean will be able to watch the show at 8:30pm rather than on a delay.
“We thought it would be a great idea to broadcast to the west and mountain time zones live at the same time it’s being seen in the east and central time zones,” says NBC’s Robert Greenblatt.
“That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time.”
The simulcasts will begin April 15th when Jimmy Fallon returns to the show for one night to host.
Chris Pine will host May 6th, Melissa McCarthy will take the reigns on May 13th, and Dwayne Johnson will close the season May 20th.
Many are expecting McCarthy will reprise her breakout role as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The show will also broadcast four standalone, prime time television specials of SNL’s Weekend Update segment.
It will comment on political news throughout the week just like the current segment.
SNL’s current season has seen ratings spike higher than they’ve been in 20 years.
—Andrew McCrea, MyToba News
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