Seth Meyers Gets Half-Hour Primetime Special for ‘A Closer Look’ at Election 2020

Late Night with Seth Meyers moves into primetime for a half-hour this October with a special called Closer Look Thursday.

It’ll air Oct. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, live from Studio 8G inside 30 Rock.

Per NBC: “Closer Look Thursday will dissect the events of the day, up-to-the-minute breaking news and other important facts as America begins to cast its vote.”

The title suggests NBC already might be in the mood to greenlight additional episodes. In past presidential elections, the network gave a half-hour of primetime Thursday turf to Saturday Night Live to do half-hour episodes of Weekend Update Thursday that generally also opened with sketches lampooning the presidential debates. Lorne Michaels is EPing Closer Look Thursday, with Mike Shoemaker producing.

NBC also noted in the press release that Late Night has beaten CBS and The Late Late Show with James Corden in 10 different demographic breakdowns of the TV ratings for the 12:35 a.m. slot., and that Late Night’s YouTube views went up 42 percent this season.

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