"Saturday Night Live" is looking to catch up on all the Trump news it missed with a special summer edition of its parody newscast, "Weekend Update."
A special half-hour "Weekend Update: Summer Edition" will air live at 9 p.m. ET for the next four Thursdays on NBC.
"Saturday Night Live" ended its last season on May 20, which means it missed its chance to satirize Sean Spicer's exit as White House press secretary, President Trump's use of the term "covfefe," and Anthony Scaramucci's short stint as White House communication director.
"Missing Scaramucci was sort of like missing Christmas," anchor Colin Jost told NBC News .
Jost teased that the "Mooch" could make a surprise appearance on the program. "There's always a chance," he added.
"Weekend Update" has been a fixture of "Saturday Night Live," beginning with its first episode in 1975 when Chevy Chase first anchored. Since that time, conservative radio host Dennis Miller along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have taken the helm at the anchor's desk. It also helped launched the career of late-night host Seth Meyers.
The Trump presidency has proven to be a boon for the show's ratings, with the past season being its most-watched in 24 years. Thanks largely to Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Trump and Melissa McCarthy's manic, gender-busting take on former press secretary Sean Spicer, 26 percent more viewers watched this year compared to 2016, according to NBC.
Celebrities have unabashedly floated the idea of playing members of the Trump administration. "Scrubs" star Zach Braff and "House of Cards" actor Michael Kelly have both tweeted their desire to portray Trump adviser Stephen Miller, but Jost says Twitter isn't how they should audition for the role.
"If you're a celebrity who wants to play someone, I feel like the worst approach is to tweet out something about wanting to play them," he said, noting Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of Sean Spicer.
"When Melissa [McCarthy] did Spicer the first time, it took people a solid minute to process, 'Wait, is that Melissa McCarthy dressed as Sean Spicer?' And that's fun," said Jost.