Saturday Night Live (season 29)
|Saturday Night Live (season 29)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||October 4, 2003– May 15, 2004|
This season saw the first appearance of Justin Timberlake as an SNL host (while critics and director at the time Beth McCarthy-Miller have praised Timberlake as a good host, he would not be popular with the show until his second appearance in season 32).
This season also marked the debut of a brand new stage for the host's monologue and the musical guest performing stage. Instead of the wrought-iron fire escape motif with the blinking "ON AIR" light, the stages are now modeled after Grand Central Terminal (right down to the spherical clock).
Changes and notes
Before the start of the season Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan left the show, while Dean Edwards was fired. Despite Kattan and Morgan's departure, the two would make guest appearances in several episodes throughout the season.
The show added two new African-American cast members: stand-up comedian Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, a former child star from the Nickelodeon comedy shows All That and Kenan and Kel. With this season, Thompson becomes the first SNL cast member to be born after the show's premiere in 1975 (Thompson was born in 1978) and the first SNL cast member to get his start on children's shows.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|546||1||Jack Black||John Mayer||October 4, 2003|
Will Ferrell makes a cameo appearance in the monologue.
Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's first episode as cast members.Kyle Gass and Tyler James Williams made a cameo in this episode.
|547||2||Justin Timberlake||Justin Timberlake||October 11, 2003|
First appearance of The Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch.Carl Weathers cameos in a short sketch announcing his candidacy as governor of any state, parodying his Predator co-stars Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful campaign for governor, as well as the numerous celebrities running for governor in the 2003 California recall election.
|548||3||Halle Berry||Britney Spears||October 18, 2003|
|George Wendt makes an appearance on Weekend Update as Bob Swerski.|
|549||4||Kelly Ripa||Outkast||November 1, 2003|
Darrell Hammond takes over as George W. Bush, replacing Chris Parnell.Jason Sudeikis makes his first on-air appearance in the monologue.
|550||5||Andy Roddick||Dave Matthews & Friends||November 8, 2003|
John McEnroe makes multiple appearances in this episode, including the monologue, the Billie Jean King sketch and Jock Talk. He also cameos in a short piece after the "British Nanny" sketch where he and Chris Parnell play tennis commentators analyzing Roddick's hosting.Dave Matthews & Friends performed "Save Me" and "So Damn Lucky."
|551||6||Alec Baldwin||Missy Elliott||November 15, 2003|
|Mike Myers appears in the monologue to plug the film The Cat In The Hat, which co-starred Baldwin.|
|552||7||Al Sharpton||Pink||December 6, 2003|
Paris Hilton appears on Weekend Update.
Former cast member Tracy Morgan appears in the monologue as the young Al Sharpton, in a sketch about the three wise men getting pulled over, in a reprise of his recurring segment, Brian Fellow's Safari Planet, with Sharpton as Fellow's brother, and in a sketch about racial stereotypes in a 1930s film.Steve Martin" in its place. This gave fodder for a Weekend Update segment entitled "Tina and Jimmy Making Fun of Cities That Aren't Showing SNL Tonight".
|553||8||Elijah Wood||Jet||December 13, 2003|
|Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Look What You've Done."|
|554||9||Jennifer Aniston||The Black Eyed Peas||January 10, 2004|
Former writer and cast member Al Franken appears in a filmed cameo during Weekend Update.The Black Eyed Peas performed "Where is the Love?" and "Hey Mama."
|555||10||Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey||G-Unit||January 17, 2004|
|556||11||Megan Mullally||Clay Aiken||February 7, 2004|
Clay Aiken performed "Invisible" and "The Way" and also appeared as himself in the monologue and in the last sketch as a fictional relative named Tray Aiken.Mullally's husband, Nick Offerman, makes a cameo appearance during the Golden Globes sketch.
|557||12||Drew Barrymore||Kelis||February 14, 2004|
Will Forte plays George W. Bush for the first time, replacing Darrell Hammond.Writer Scott Wainio appears in a brief filmed sketch where he interviews people without using a microphone.
|558||13||Christina Aguilera||Maroon 5||February 21, 2004|
SNL creator and producer Lorne Michaels appears during the monologue.Maroon 5 performed "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe."
|559||14||Colin Firth||Norah Jones||March 6, 2004|
|Ana Gasteyer makes a cameo appearance in the cold opening as Martha Stewart.|
|560||15||Ben Affleck||N*E*R*D||March 13, 2004|
|561||16||Donald Trump||Toots & the Maytals featuring Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Bootsy Collins, and The Roots||April 3, 2004|
|George H. Ross and Carolyn Kepcher (from The Apprentice) make cameo appearances in the cold opening, as does SNL producer Lorne Michaels.|
|562||17||Janet Jackson||Janet Jackson||April 10, 2004|
Janet Jackson performed "All Nite (Don't Stop)" and "Strawberry Bounce".Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan both cameo in a Season's Greetings from SNL musical number. Simon Cowell also cameos to criticize them before joining in himself. Morgan also reprised his role as Brian Fellow and appeared in the Good Times sketch.
|563||18||Lindsay Lohan||Usher||May 1, 2004|
|Rachel Dratch makes her first appearance as Debbie Downer, and during the sketch the cast members and Lohan broke character.|
|564||19||Snoop Dogg||Avril Lavigne||May 8, 2004|
|Avril Lavigne performed "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending."|
|565||20||Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen||J-Kwon||May 15, 2004|
J-Kwon performed "Tipsy."
This episode features a short film about a bald boy named Harold, which was the basis for a film featuring the character.
Announcer Don Pardo appears in the Bloater Brother segment.Jimmy Fallon's final episode as a cast member.
|1||"The Best of Chris Kattan"||September 27, 2003|
|Sketches included "The Roxbury Guys," "Mango," "Defense Attorney Suel," "The How Do You Say? Ah Yes, Show," "Mr. Peppers in the Lab," "Auditions for Bon Jovi," "America Undercover," "The Rialto Grande," "Goth Talk," "Sparks," "Oprah," "Larry King's Wedding Reception," "E! Impeachment Coverage," "Loaded-Musical Performance," "Emmy Awards Pre-Show," "Shopping at Home Network," "Siamese Twin Dates," and some "Weekend Update" clips.|
|2||"The Best of Tracy Morgan"||October 25, 2003|
|Sketches include "Wong & Owen, Ex-Porn Stars," "Brian Fellow's Safari Planet," "Pimp Chat," "Woodrow," "The View," "Uncle Jemima's Down House Mash Liquor," "Tracy Confronts Garth," "Astronaut Jones," "Talkin' to the Stars," "Hardball," "Big Bernard," "At the Movies," "Christmas Eve Drinks," "Channel 5 Late Night Movie," and a Weekend Update clips.|
|3||"The Best of Will Ferrell, Volume 2"||December 20, 2003|
|A second compilation of classic sketches featuring Will Ferrell.|
|4||"The Best of Christopher Walken"||May 22, 2004|
|Sketches include "The Continental" (on the TV airing, the "Continental" sketch that aired was the one from season 18; the DVD version also includes the one from season 25 and a dress rehearsal version of the one from season 28 shown picture-in-picture style under the title, "The Making of The Continental"), "Ed Glosser Trivial Psychic", "Rita Snowed In", "Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult", "Leon Loves Mango", "Hardball", "Pranksters", "The Bad Raft Captain" (DVD version only), "Colonel Angus" and "Christopher Walken at the 25th Anniversary Special". The DVD version includes two dress rehearsal sketches: "The Black Guardian Angel" (from season 25) and a movie trailer parody called Fonzie (from season 26).|
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