July 21, 2008 / 5:13 AM / 9 years ago

"Saturday Night Live" in overdrive for election

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The presidential election will mean extended duty for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

<p>Seth Meyers (R), star and head writer of NBC's "Saturday Night Live", and the show's executive producer Lorne Michaels take part in a panel discussion at the NBC Universal summer 2008 press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 20, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>

The show’s 34th season will kick off on September 13, allowing it to have seven live outings before Election Day on November 4. That, in turn, will result in a season order of 22 episodes, two more than usual.

In addition, NBC will schedule three half-hour episodes of “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” at 9:30 p.m. on October 9, 16 and 23. Also, the night before the election, there will be a 90-minute “Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008” to give the campaign a last-minute satirical spin.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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