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Can 'Saturday Night Live' fix Weekend Update?

Ever since Seth Meyers left Saturday Night Live for Late Night, the sketch show’s longtime centerpiece has become one of the show’s biggest problem areas. After getting off to an inauspicious start—when Michael Che replaced the short-lived but beloved Cecily Strong—new anchor team Che and Colin Jost are about to embark on their final shows of 2014.

With that in mind, staff editor Hillary Busis and senior writer Natalie Abrams take a look at how they’re doing so far—and offer a few tips on how to fix the once-sucessful fake news franchise. READ FULL STORY

'SNL' taps Colin Jost to succeed Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor

Cecily Strong has a new desk mate.

EW has confirmed SNL head writer Colin Jost will join Strong as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” following the departure of longtime anchor Seth Meyers, who will leave to host Late Night starting Feb. 24. Meyers’ final “Update” will be Feb. 1.

After joining the staff at age 22 in 2005, Jost — a former president of the Harvard Lampoon – was named SNL’s head writer in 2012. He’s been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, taken home three WGA awards, and won the 2009 Peabody Award for his work on SNL.

Jost is also a stand-up comedian who’s appeared at the Just For Laughs festivals in Chicago and Montreal, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His first feature film, Staten Island Summer, is expected in 2014.

Jost is the third consecutive head writer to take over the “Update” desk, following in the footsteps of Meyers and Tina Fey.

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Inside Kristen Wiig's enchanting last dance on 'SNL'

After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig said goodbye on May 19. She’d co-written and starred in the surprise 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids and the time had come, just as it had for stars like Chevy and Eddie and Will before her. SNL godfather Lorne Michaels called her one of the “top three or four” performers the show had ever produced, and during her reign, the show was dominated by sketches filled with the likes of the Target Lady, tiny-handed Dooneese, and compulsive one-upper Penelope.

Colin Jost started writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, the same year that Wiig began as a featured player. They connected creatively and ultimately collaborated on several sketches, including some of her Björk bits and a commercial parody for Red Flag perfume. With Mick Jagger hosting the season finale, Jost assumed the responsibility of sending her off in style. The premise he came up with could not have been more simple — Jagger bidding farewell to an honored “graduate” with an impromptu dance  — but when each cast member cut in to share one last moment while Arcade Fire played the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” the effect was magical.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

As told by: Colin Jost

I don’t think I raised the bar in any way. I think people find different ways of saying goodbye or people find different ways of saying goodbye to them. I remember when Will Ferrell left, he had a really funny documentary where people talked about Will, and Tracy Morgan talks about how Will Ferrell stole from him and [says] really mean stuff. I remember that Tina [Fey] and Jimmy [Fallon] had done one that was like a “Summer Lovin” from Grease kind of farewell. So people have different ways of doing it, and I think this is just one of them. READ FULL STORY

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