We knew it was coming — but Seth Meyers has finally set an end date for SNL.
Today at the Television Critics Association press tour, where Meyers held a panel to talk about his new Late Night gig, Meyers revealed that Feb. 1 will his last time behind the Weekend Update desk, as he prepares for his new show’s Feb. 24 premiere. “It’s heartbreaking, but I’m really happy I came back and did this first half of the year,” Meyers told reporters after the panel. “There was talks when this came up — because I found out before my last show last year — and I knew I wanted to come back, and I’m really glad I did. The nice thing about SNL is that you’re busy that you don’t have much time to reminisce.”
Meanwhile, plans for the body of his new Late Night show continue to progress. Meyers said their theme song was just sent out to a few composers this week, and they are in the process of finding a band. He added that the writers, who include former head Weekend Update writer Alex Bays, are hoping to develop a slate of characters — not unlike Stefon and Taran Killiam’s 18th century reporter, Jebediah Atkinson — “who belong on our show as opposed to SNL.” READ FULL STORY