‘Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update’ review: Seth Meyers needs help

Before we start our analysis of the first “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday” of the season, we should probably make one thing rather clear: we love Seth Meyers. He’s a brilliant and funny guy, and he carries this show on his back oftentimes without taking a whole lot of credit for it.

However, “Weekend Update” is one of those shows that when it comes on in the middle of the show, we’re hungry for it; it’s just not as great on its own. There’s little buildup, and the primetime slot forced the show to be a little bit more politically correct than it otherwise would be. The “special guests” were nice, though we actually felt for once that Bobby Moynihan’s Drunk Uncle went on for too long. (With that being said, though, we would have been game for seeing more of Bill Hader’s James Carville.)

Really, the biggest problem with Thursday’s show was just that for at least a good half of it, Meyers felt alone on an island. His need for a co-anchor is sometimes felt on the weekend edition of the show, but we spent most of this show here really crying for one to show up. Personally, we vote for a wonderfully funny lady in Vanessa Bayer, or possibly even Nasim Pedrad. Just give him someone to have some good chemistry with.

Overall, this was a reasonably fun 30 minutes, but there’s still no question that this should not become a permanent thing. Even the “SNL” producers would probably agree that this show is better off on the weekends, and that may explain why watching it at 8:00 just felt so awkward.

If you want to see a promo for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s edition of the show this weekend, be sure to head over to the link here.

Photo: NBC

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