|Of course, that's if Cece's workload is cut, which I doubt.|
"Cut" relative to how it probably would have grown this season. Actually, they'll probably feature her quite a lot in the first half of the season and then have to pull back her sketch time when she takes over Update.
I think you're forgetting, Stu, how much Update has grown to become an almost standalone segment within SNL. The last person to do it solo while still doing a lot of sketch leads was Chevy, and Update was a much smaller segment then. Just the news pieces along are a big line load to carry, right in the middle of the show. Plus the anchor needs to set up and sometimes participate in the sit-in bits. Plus the Update anchor is expected to help write Update. Have you ever listened to Norm talk about the time he put in on writing Update material? That is a lot of show-load to drop on someone in her second season.
I think Lorne is going overboard with his Wiig-like mania for Cecily. I loved or liked her in 100% of her appearances last season. I can't think of a clinker she did. But she was still plenty green last season. There were many times where I could see her working too broadly to the camera. And her character work was just adequate in a number of sketches. Girlfriends Talk Show? Aidy was funnier in those than Cecily (though, to be fair, that's how that sketch's premise is structured).
And the writers will need to develop new material for her. She's blown through all her rookie material and now she and the writers have to come up with lots of new stuff. Swarovski Crystals? Good for maybe another couple shots and then it's done. Girl at the Party? Same. Has she got a killer signature impression? Don't remember one from last season.