Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' cold open was about the Derek Chauvin trial

It featured four cast members playing anchors of a fictional Minnesota TV news channel.
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The ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd was the focus of Saturday Night Live's latest cold open.

The sketch featured a fictional Minnesota TV news station called KDBD and four anchors discussing the trial in Minneapolis.

The two white anchors – played by Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat – discuss the evidence that has been given so far during the prosecution and are certain that the jury will find the former Minneapolis police officer guilty.

And while agreeing that the case against Chauvin seems strong, the two Black anchors – played by Kenan Thompson and Ego Nwodim – appear skeptical that it will lead to a conviction. 

"Let's just say, we've seen this movie before," Nwodim said.

"That's fair, I think skepticism of the legal process is valid ... historically police have gotten away in other cases like this," McKinnon responds.

"Historically?" says Thompson.

"She means: every single time," Nwodim adds.

Later in the sketch, the characters express a hope that there's no repeat of the riots that followed Floyd'a death in May.

"I think we can agree that no matter how bad things are, destroying property is never the answer," Moffat says.

"I mean ... it's just property," Thompson says, with Nwodim adding: "They have insurance."

(It should be noted that the insurance payouts received by riot-hit businesses in Minneapolis fell significantly short of the amount required to rebuild, as this Star Tribune article explains).

No sketch about Minnesota is complete without a jab at the weather, with Chris Redd playing the station's meteorologist.

"Sure man we're in Minnesota so rest of April cold, May cold, June cold, July somehow hot as hell back to y'all."

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