Saturday Night Live (season 32)
|Saturday Night Live Season 32|
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 32nd season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original run||September 30, 2006 – May 19, 2007|
Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-second season during the 2006-2007 television season. This season began on September 30, 2006 and ended on May 19, 2007 with 20 episodes produced.
Before the start of the season, the show suffered massive budget cuts. Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were all fired from the show because of the cuts. This was the second time Parnell had been fired from the show due to budget cuts, the first being after season 26 ended. In addition, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey left the show on their own terms to begin to work on 30 Rock.
Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig were all promoted to repertory status. Due budget cuts from the network, this is the first time since the 23rd season to have no featured players or new members of the repertory cast (besides the ones that were promoted from being featured players during the previous season).
After a long slump in quality starting after season 27, episodes hosted by Shia LaBeouf, Dane Cook, Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Piven, Rainn Wilson, and Peyton Manning pulled in big ratings and revived interest in watching the program. With Fey's departure, Saturday Night Live returned to having one male and one female anchor on Weekend Update with the inclusion of Seth Meyers as Amy Poehler's co-anchor. Don Roy King was hired as SNL's newest director.
As in season 31, The Lonely Island created another popular SNL Digital Short that aired around Christmas time; this time, it was the risque, R&B video spoof "Dick in a Box" (on the episode with Justin Timberlake as host and musical guest). The short won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|605||1||Dane Cook||The Killers||September 30, 2006|
Brian Williams cameos at the start of "Weekend Update."Don Roy King.
|606||2||Jaime Pressly||Corinne Bailey Rae||October 7, 2006|
|Corinne Bailey Rae performed "Put Your Records On" and "Like a Star."|
|607||3||John C. Reilly||My Chemical Romance||October 21, 2006|
|Welcome to the Black Parade" and "Cancer".|
|608||4||Hugh Laurie||Beck||October 28, 2006|
During the monologue, Laurie sang his song entitled "The Protest Song" from A Bit of Fry & Laurie.Nausea" and "Clap Hands."
|609||5||Alec Baldwin||Christina Aguilera||November 11, 2006|
Cameos include Tina Fey & Tracy Morgan in the monologue, Takeru Kobayashi during TV Funhouse, Steve Martin, Martin Short, & Paul McCartney in the Platinum Lounge sketch, and Tony Bennett both during The Tony Bennett Show sketch and singing with Aguilera before the closing credits.Christina Aguilera performed "Ain't No Other Man," "Hurt," and "Steppin' Out with My Baby" (with Tony Bennett).
|610||6||Ludacris||Ludacris||November 18, 2006|
|Jason Sudeikis opens the show impersonating George W. Bush, taking over the role from Will Forte.|
|611||7||Matthew Fox||Tenacious D||December 2, 2006|
|Tenacious D performed "Kickapoo" and "The Metal" from their album/feature film soundtrack "The Pick of Destiny." Jason Reed cameos during the performance of "The Metal."|
|612||8||Annette Bening||Gwen Stefani & Akon||December 9, 2006|
Alec Baldwin makes a cameo during the monologue.
Gwen Stefani performs "Wind It Up."Akon performs "I Wanna Love You."
|613||9||Justin Timberlake||Justin Timberlake||December 16, 2006|
|Digital Short "Dick in a Box" on its website and YouTube. It quickly became an Internet phenomenon, much like "Lazy Sunday" did a year earlier, and won an Emmy in 2007.|
|614||10||Jake Gyllenhaal||The Shins||January 13, 2007|
|The Shins performed "Phantom Limb" and "New Slang."|
|615||11||Jeremy Piven||AFI||January 20, 2007|
Rapper Common makes a cameo appearance.The MacGruber sketch series premiered in this episode.
|616||12||Drew Barrymore||Lily Allen||February 3, 2007|
|Smile" and "LDN."|
|617||13||Forest Whitaker||Keith Urban||February 10, 2007|
|Keith Urban performed "Stupid Boy" and "Once in a Lifetime."|
|618||14||Rainn Wilson||Arcade Fire||February 24, 2007|
Arcade Fire performed "Intervention" and "Keep the Car Running". When the show went off-air, they performed "Rebellion (Lies)" and "Wake Up" for the studio audience. The band also appeared in the SNL Digital Short, Business Meeting.Rashida Jones cameos as Karen Filippelli in the monologue's parody of The Office.
|619||15||Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Snow Patrol||March 17, 2007|
Chris Rock appears in the cold open, giving his insight on the 2008 presidential election; he suggested that there would be no reason that America would not be ready for a black president because "...we just had a retarded one."Snow Patrol performed "You're All I Have" and "Chasing Cars."
|620||16||Peyton Manning||Carrie Underwood||March 24, 2007|
Peyton Manning hosted the show on his thirty-first birthday. During the goodnights, a cake was wheeled out by his brothers Eli and Cooper and a rendition of Happy Birthday was performed by the Saturday Night Live Band.Carrie Underwood performed "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted."
|621||17||Shia LaBeouf||Avril Lavigne||April 14, 2007|
|Girlfriend" and "I Can Do Better," and appeared as Elle Fanning in the Dakota Fanning Show sketch.|
|622||18||Scarlett Johansson||Björk||April 21, 2007|
Sen. Charles Schumer makes a pre-taped cameo in the cold opening.Björk performed "Earth Intruders" and "Wanderlust."
|623||19||Molly Shannon||Linkin Park||May 12, 2007|
|Linkin Park performed "What I've Done" and "Bleed It Out."|
|624||20||Zach Braff||Maroon 5||May 19, 2007|
|Makes Me Wonder" and "Won't Go Home Without You."|
|1||"The Best of Darrell Hammond"||November 4, 2006|
This is the first (and only) time that a "Best Of" special was made while the cast member in question was still in the cast at the time.Sketches include "Hardball," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Meet The Press," "First Presidential Debate," "CBS Evening Anthrax Update," "Californians for Schwarzenegger," "Jesse Jackson," "Bill Kurtis Looping Session," "The O'Reilly Factor," "NBC Special Report," "Geraldo," "Guiliani's Press Conference," "Jimmy Carter in Cuba," "Ashcroft's Press Conference," "Celebration of Women Week," and "White House Friends."
|2||"SNL in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation"||May 6, 2007|
|Topics discussed include: Lorne Michaels preventing another Jean Doumanian-esque era by keeping his cast and repopulating the show with featured players (instead of letting the entire cast go and hiring new people), sketches centered on the 1992 U.S. Presidential election, how Wayne's World became popular on and off the show, SNL's raunchy turn with the hiring of Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Chris Farley, the departure of Phil Hartman, season 20 as yet another series low point, cast feuds, Lorne Michaels overhauling his show once again with new cast members and writers, how the female cast members gained prominence in a male-oriented show, SNL gaining popularity for its sketches on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and the upcoming U.S. election for the year 2000, and the famous "Blue Oyster Cult/More Cowbell" sketch from the season 25 Christopher Walken episode. Alec Baldwin, Dana Carvey, Tom Davis, James Downey, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Al Franken, Ana Gasteyer, John Goodman, Tim Herlihy, Chris Kattan, David Koechner, Norm Macdonald, Tim Meadows, Adam McKay, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Don Ohlmeyer, Cheri Oteri, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Robert Smigel, David Spade, Julia Sweeney gave insight in the special.|
|3||"The Best of 2006-2007"||May 5, 2007|
|This special aired as a compilation of some of the season's most memorable sketches. Because it aired before the season ended, no sketches from subsequent episodes hosted by Zach Braff and Molly Shannon were included in the special.|