"Saturday Night Live's" satirical news segment expands into primetime with three pre-election Thursday night specials.
Reviews

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2012   2009   2008  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Saturday Night Live DVD featuring the best of commercial parodies.

Director: James Signorelli
Stars: Will Ferrell, Ben Affleck, Fred Armisen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Festrunk Brothers; Bass-O-Matic; Bad Ballet - Leonard Pinth-Garnell; Consumer Probe - Irwin Mainway; The Corrida; Fred Garvin-Male Prostitute; Looks at Books-Mauled; The Decibet; E. ... See full summary »

Directors: Dave Wilson, James Signorelli, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A retrospective of the first 5 years of Saturday Night Live.

Director: Kenneth Bowser
Stars: Sheree Ali, Joan Armatrading, Dan Aykroyd
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Best Of Jimmy Fallon is loaded with his most memorable moments and sketches on the show and includes Jimmy with Mick Jagger, Jarret's Room, Sully and Denise, Jeopardy with Jimmy ... See full summary »

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller
Stars: Jimmy Fallon, Michael Wren Gucciardo, Ben Affleck
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A collection of Christopher Walken's greatest SNL skits and hosting jobs

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson
Stars: Christopher Walken, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Saturday Night Live DVD featuring the best of Alec Baldwin.

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Fred Armisen, Nancy Carell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A new collection of Dan Aykroyd's most memorable sketches and characters performed during the first four years of Saturday Night Live.

Directors: James Signorelli, Dave Wilson
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Steve Cropper
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Paul Miller, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tom Hanks, Garth Brooks, A. Whitney Brown
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Eddie Murphy produces a compilation of his best sketches, impersonations and most memorable characters from his years on Saturday Night Live: 1980-1984.

Directors: Andy Breckman, Claude Kerven, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Eddie Murphy, James Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mike Myers Is a genius at creating original comic characters, and it all started at Saturday Night Live. Party on with Wayne Campbell on Wayne's World, Dieter on Sprockets, Linda Richman on... See full summary »

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Morwenna Banks
Saturday Night Live 25 (TV Special 1999)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A TV special celebrating the 25th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Before a celebrity audience, many of the former cast members and guest hosts return to perform their signature ... See full summary »

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, James Signorelli
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Before he was the HBO stand-up comedian we all know and love, Chris Rock was on Saturday Night Live doing stand up comedy, expressing his feelings on crime, taxes, prison, holidays, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Chris Rock, Don Pardo, Christina Applegate
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Weekend Update Anchor (8 episodes, 2008-2012)
...
 Barack Obama / ... (8 episodes, 2008-2012)
...
 Oscar Rogers / ... (7 episodes, 2008-2012)
...
 Defendant / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2012)
...
 Basketball Player / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2012)
...
 Sen. John McCain / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
...
 Various / ... (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
...
 Weekend Update Anchor (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
...
 Anthony Cipelli / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2012)
...
 Daryl Hall / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
...
 David Kip / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
...
 Kathy Griffin / ... (3 episodes, 2009-2012)
...
 Bob Schieffer / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
...
 Elizabeth Wheeler / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
...
 Gretchen Carlson / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
...
 Judge / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
...
 Guy / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
...
 Ann Romney / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
...
 Barack Obama / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
...
 Ben Bailey / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
...
 Patron / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
Edit

Storyline

"Saturday Night Live's" satirical news segment expands into primetime with three pre-election Thursday night specials.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

SNL Thursday Night Live  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Six episodes were ordered for the second season but due to low ratings only three were produced. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.65 (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A three part prelude to the 2008 Bash
11 December 2008 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

On several occasions during the third decade of Saturday Night Live, it's oldest mainstay, Weekend Update, branched out and found itself being broadcast on other nights beside Saturday. In 2001 there were two Prime Time Extra's that were teamed with special episodes of Friends and in 2003 a Weekend Update Halftime Special during the Superbowl. 2008, brought us three W.U. Thursday's in the weeks leading up to what many believed to be the most important American election of century.

Another notable factor in the development of these spin off broadcasts was the fact that the previous season of SNL, it's 33d, had been abruptly put on hold from November to February because of the writer's strike. During the previous years SNL cast and crew-members had become accustomed to producing 20 episodes between September and May and taking one or two weeks off in between every couple of episodes. This process changed when SNL finally came back at the end of the shortest month of the year. For the first time since the Seventies, four new shows were broadcast in a row. Although they only managed to bring the 33d up to a total of 12 episodes, the experience spurred on Lorne Michaels and co to cut their summer Holiday's short and make the next season totally jam packed: starting early, taking as little time of in between as possible and producing specials such as the Weekend Update Thursdays along the way. Even if a lot of sketches fall flat, the sheer amount of material produced in such a hectic schedule is sure to please fans. This might well turn out to be the longest season since 1975-76.

As with the previous Prime Time specials, Weekend Update is the main draw of these three specials. Each show comprises basically one long political sketch leading into a truncated opening credits, with the remainder of the half hour filled in with Weekend Update zingers from head writer Seth Myers and Lorne's favorite go-to girl Amy Poehler. Show one featured a spoof of the Second Presidential Debate, featuring the entire cast and surprise appearances by returning alum's Chris Parnell and Bill Murray. Number two focused on the third and final debate, starred a stripped down cast and another cameo by Parnell. The third installment opened with the return of Will Ferrell as President Bush with Tina Fey doing her impression of the Senator best known for looking like Tina Fey, Sarah Palin. Darrell Hammond was featured as Senator John McCain in each and all three of these sketches naturally appear in the Presidential Bash '08.

Another element worth mentioning was that Amy Poehler at this point was extremely pregnant and had already announced she would not be returning to SNL after giving birth, but move on to work on a new series tentatively referred to as a spin off of The Office. In fact, the third and last of the Thursday editions turned out to be her final show before going into labor. However, Lorne Michaels managed to persuade the Mrs. Will Arnett to return to do some links as Hillary Clinton for the Presidential Bash '08 and as a regular SNL cast member in December after all, depriving WUT from being her last hurrah. SNL is justly proud of it's political parodies and always gets to shine a bit more brightly during election years. It's a shame that apart from the political stuff, much of the season has been relying on celebrity cameo's up till now, but as we still have more than half a season to go as of this writing, there is still a chance that season 34 - and that includes these three Thursday specials - will fit into the SNL time-line as one of the greatest ever. Or at least the most exhausting for all involved.

8 out of 10


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what is this? duo1288

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?