The news that Seth Meyers has been tapped as the next Late Night host begs an obvious question: Who will take over the Saturday Night Live anchor job?
My first pick: Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney. Mulaney has been a with the show for a few years, and since his pilot, Mulaney, wasn’t picked up, he could be looking for a bigger role on the late-night program. Mulaney has appeared in a few sketches before — check out his rant against Girl Scouts on Weekend Update — as well as garnered raves for his stand-up special, New In Town — so he would be a perfect fit. (A rep for Mulaney didn’t respond to EW’s request for comment.)
I don’t really see a current Saturday Night Live performer rising to “Update.” While I’d watch Bill Hader do just about anything on television, it’s unlikely that the character-driven performer would choose to give up a larger role in sketches to anchor the faux broadcast. The same goes for buzzy newcomers Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong. Perhaps Saturday Night Live should reach out to a former cast member — Maya Rudolph is searching for a new show after Up All Night was canceled, and her two brief cameos on this past week’s broadcast show she’s just as funny as ever. Besides Rudolph, SNL should consider some of these funny ladies who didn’t get the Late Night job, such as Samantha Bee or Amy Sedaris.
There’s also a lot of discussion about whether SNL should stick with one “Weekend Update” host, or go back to two, as has been the standard for the better part of the last fifteen years. I personally prefer a pairing — it was nice to be able to see Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon play off each other, and it lends itself to hilarious segments such as “Really!? with Seth and Amy.” (The bit has been repeated with just Meyers, and it’s not as funny.) One anchor or two, the producers will have some time to try out a few different options — Meyers is expected to stay on Saturday Night Live/Weekend Update through the end of 2013.
Who would you like to see as the new “Weekend Update” host(s)?
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