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Cecily Strong Poised to Take Over SNL‘s ‘Weekend Update’ (NY Mag / Vulture)
With SNL head writer Seth Meyers heading for Jimmy Fallon’s job in February, SNL‘s “Weekend Update” is missing its host. That gig is going to Cecily Strong, who joined the show last season and perhaps joined your life as the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party. Strong will join Meyers on the desk during the Sept. 28 season premiere. NYT Lorne Michaels said his general plan was to have Strong share the “Update” desk with Meyers for the season’s initial shows and then segue into a solo role later, maybe in the first season — but maybe not. If possible, Michaels would like to see Meyers stay on “Weekend Update” even after he moves to Late Night, starting on Feb. 24. USA Today Meyers tweeted congrats to his new co-anchor Sunday night, saying he was “very excited,” adding, “As for The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With, it’s prob safe to assume that she died somewhere, mid-conversation.” Variety News of Strong’s move caps one of the busiest off-seasons ever for Michaels’ 39-year-old sketch comedy series. SNL cast members Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen left the series in May, making room for newcomers Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Noël Wells, Kyle Mooney and Brooks Wheelan, all of whom will join the cast this season.

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Fake News Of The Week

ONN2.jpgIts been a big week in fake news. First, there were rumors that The Onion was planning cut its print edition, which were quickly refuted, although the satiric pub did eventually admit that they were shutting down print operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

That blow to the fake news industry was counteracted by NBC’s announcement that it was planning to place half-hour “Weekend Update” shows on its fall schedule, a trick they pulled off last year by positioning it as extra election coverage. The show will be anchored by “Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers and will fill out the network’s Thursday night line-up, NBC said.

In further celebration of fake news, AdAge.com has a Q&A with Onion president and CEO Steve Hannah, who reveals that the paper’s digital side is now bringing in more than half of the company’s revenue.

“Digital is becoming a bigger chunk of our revenue than print,” Hannah said. “Print is still very strong for us. Digital, it’s not much more than half, but it’s more than half.”

Hannah also said he is looking to move the popular Onion News Network to television. With the success of fake news on TV, its possible we could see an ONN on prime time up against “Weekend Update” some time soon.