Saturday Night Live (season 25)

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Saturday Night Live Season 25
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The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 25th season.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run October 2, 1999 – May 20, 2000
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes

Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-fifth season during the 1999-2000 television season on NBC. The 25th season started on September 25, 1999 and ended on May 20, 2000 with 20 regular episodes plus a 25th Anniversary Special. The special looked back at the series' highlights during its first quarter-century.

The entire cast from last season returned for another year. Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were all promoted to repertory status, with the cast otherwise unchanged at the start of the season. As the season progressed, the show added two new cast members. Rachel Dratch, recruited from Chicago's The Second City,[citation needed] where she was head writer Tina Fey's comedy partner, joined the show in the episode hosted by Norm Macdonald. Towards the end of the season, Maya Rudolph of The Groundlings joined the show, starting with the episode hosted by John Goodman.[citation needed]

Cast[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Contract for new cast members[edit]

SNL, they are the not-ready-for-prime-time players. These are people who are just starting out. I challenge you to name a network, much less a show, that has created this many stars, ever...All we’re asking is, somebody who comes in and is, basically, virtually unknown and young has an opportunity to be on a very, very powerful sketch-comedy show and to be able to launch a film career and be in sitcoms. I think that’s a pretty great opportunity.

Scott Sassa, NBC's West Coast president, at the network's summer press presentation in Pasadena, California[1]

In July 1999, when executive producer Lorne Michaels held auditions for the season, NBC introduced a new contract for first-year cast members, replacing the five- or six-year deals they had used in the past.[1] The terms were established by NBC executives Scott Sassa and Garth Ancier. According to Peter Bogdanovich, the new contract came with the following terms:[1]

  • NBC can take a Saturday Night Live cast member off the show any time after his or her second year on the program and put him or her in an NBC sitcom.
  • A cast member has the option of saying no to the first two shows proposed by NBC, but must accept the third deal.
  • NBC dictates the length of the sitcom contract, which can run as long as six years.
  • SNL Films, co-owned by Paramount Pictures, NBC and Lorne Michaels, has a three-movie option that would pay the star a set $75,000 for the first film, $150,000 for the second and $300,000 for the third, rates that used to be negotiable.
  • NBC has the option of paying those same amount to force a cast member to say no to a film deal offered to them by another studio.

The starting salary remained $5,000 per episode.[1]

Writers[edit]

Starting this season Tina Fey is credited as the writing supervisor.

Episodes[edit]

Saturday Night Live season 25 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate
466 1 Jerry Seinfeld David Bowie October 2, 1999
Dean Winters, Harold Perrineau, J. K. Simmons, and Lee Tergesen appear as their characters from the HBO prison drama Oz in a pre-taped sketch that has Jerry Seinfeld sent to the Oswald Correctional Facility following his jail time on the series finale of Seinfeld.

AJ Benza appeared in the "...And a Pizza Place" sketch. NBC Late Night executive Rick Ludwin briefly shows up as well in this sketch.

David Bowie performed "Thursday's Child" and "Rebel, Rebel."
467 2 Heather Graham Marc Anthony October 16, 1999
A parody of VH1's Where Are They Now?, featuring former cast members Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon as Hans and Franz, appears in this episode. Marc Anthony performed "I Need to Know" and "That's Okay."
468 3 Norm Macdonald Dr. Dre
Snoop Dogg
Eminem
October 23, 1999
Rachel Dratch's first episode as a cast member. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg performed "Still D.R.E." for the first performance. Dr. Dre and Eminem performed "Forgot About Dre" for the second performance.
469 4 Dylan McDermott Foo Fighters November 6, 1999
Foo Fighters performed "Learn to Fly" and "Stacked Actors."
470 5 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines November 13, 1999
In a callback to Brooks' appearance when he hosted in season 23, Brooks, as Chris Gaines, does a sketch with Mango then unmasks Gaines.

First appearance of The Boston Teens sketch.

Chris Gaines performed "Way of the Girl."
471 6 Jennifer Aniston Sting November 20, 1999
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? winner John Carpenter appeared in the cold opening.

Writing supervisor and future cast member Tina Fey appears during the monologue as an audience member who asks Aniston a question.

Sting performs "Brand New Day" and "Desert Rose."
472 7 Christina Ricci Beck December 4, 1999
Beck performed "Mixed Bizness" and "Sexx Laws." Madeline Kahn, a three-time SNL host, died the day before this episode aired. A tribute dedicated to her memory, which featured a sketch of her parodying her Young Frankenstein character during the 1st season, was shown before the goodnights.
473 8 Danny DeVito R.E.M. December 11, 1999
R.E.M. performed "The Great Beyond" and "Man on the Moon." As well, lead singer Michael Stipe makes an appearance in a "Mango" sketch with Chris Kattan. The Rockettes guest star in a sketch featuring Molly Shannon's character Sally O'Malley.
474 9 Jamie Foxx Blink-182 January 8, 2000
Guest appearance by John Goodman. Blink-182 performed "All the Small Things" and "What's My Age Again?"
475 10 Freddie Prinze, Jr. Macy Gray January 15, 2000
Macy Gray performed "I Try" and "Why Didn't You Call Me".
476 11 Alan Cumming Jennifer Lopez February 5, 2000
Jennifer Lopez performed "Feelin So Good" and "Waiting for Tonight."
477 12 Julianna Margulies DMX February 12, 2000
DMX performed "Party Up" and "What's My Name."
478 13 Ben Affleck Fiona Apple February 19, 2000
Gwyneth Paltrow makes an appearance in Affleck's monologue (Affleck made an appearance in Paltrow's monologue when she hosted in 1999).

The "Fanatic" pretaped sketch, where an orphan (Ben Affleck) meets Anna Nicole Smith (Molly Shannon), was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Fiona Apple performed "Limp."
479 14 Joshua Jackson 'N Sync March 11, 2000
'N Sync performed "Bye, Bye, Bye and "I Thought She Knew" and also appeared in two sketches. SNL writer and stand up comic Kevin Brennan appeared as himself in a Weekend Update commentary on presidential candidates.
480 15 The Rock AC/DC March 18, 2000
Professional wrestlers Mick Foley, Triple H and The Big Show appear in the cold opening (alongside Vince McMahon), the monologue, Morning Latte, and the Nicotrel sketch where they (and The Rock) beat up Chris Parnell. AC/DC performed "Stiff Upper Lip" and "You Shook Me All Night Long."
481 16 Christopher Walken Christina Aguilera April 8, 2000
Former cast member Dana Carvey returns in this episode as George H. W. Bush during the cold opening.

A notable sketch from this episode is "Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult," featuring Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell.

Writing supervisor and future cast member Tina Fey appears in the "Viagra" fake commercial as one of the unhappy wives.

Christina Aguilera performed "I Turn to You", "At Last", and "What A Girl Wants."
482 17 Tobey Maguire Sisqó April 15, 2000
Sisqó performed "The Thong Song."
483 18 John Goodman Neil Young May 6, 2000
Maya Rudolph's first episode as a cast member. Neil Young performed "Razor Love" and "Silver & Gold."
484 19 Britney Spears Britney Spears May 13, 2000
Cheri Oteri's mother and Sarah Michelle Gellar appear in this episode to introduce Britney Spears's two performances. Britney Spears performed "Oops, I Did It Again" and "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know."
485 20 Jackie Chan Kid Rock May 20, 2000
Cameos by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gina Gershon, Florence Henderson, and former SNL band leader, G.E. Smith.

Tim Meadows, Cheri Oteri and Colin Quinn's final episode as cast members.

Stage manager Bob Van Ry and musical director Cheryl Hardwick retire effective with this show; both are mentioned by name in a sketch during the show.

Stuntman Brad Allan appears as a thug in the opening monologue.

Kid Rock performed "American Bad Ass" and "Only God Knows Why" (with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio). Kid Rock also appears with Joe C. in the Elvis Impersonator sketch.

Specials[edit]

# Special Original airdate
1 "25th Anniversary Special" September 26, 1999
A special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show. A long list of cast members, guest hosts and other special people stop by to honor the show's anniversary. Beastie Boys, Elvis Costello, the Eurythmics and Al Green perform. John Belushi, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner and Danitra Vance all received a tribute in the special. Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, James Van Der Beek, Candice Bergen, Garth Brooks, David Bowie, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, James Downey, Nora Dunn, Al Franken, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Dennis Miller, Jay Mohr, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, Don Pardo, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Paul Simon, Robert Smigel, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Lily Tomlin, Christopher Walken and many more attended the event.
2 "Best of Game Show Parodies" February 29, 2000
The special featured some of the best material featuring game show parodies featured on the show. Sketches include "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", "Celebrity Jeopardy", "Old French Whore", "Stand-Up and Win", "Who Wants to Eat?", "The Bensonhurst Dating Game", "Who Wants to Be Groped by an Eleven Thousand-aire?" The clip show was hosted by Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Regis Philbin.
3 "The Best of Tim Meadows" September 9, 2000
A compilation of some of Tim Meadows' best sketches from his 10-year stint on the show.

Superstar film[edit]

Main article: Superstar (1999 film)

A Superstar film, based on the Mary Katherine Gallagher sketches, was released on October 8, 1999. Cast members Will Ferrell, Mark McKinney and Molly Shannon appear in the film. The film did modestly well at the box office but was panned by critics.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bogdanovich, Peter (August 11, 1999). "SNL's Killer Contract". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2011-09-10.