Saturday Night Live (season 33)
|Saturday Night Live
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 33rd season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original run||September 29, 2007 – May 17, 2008|
Because of the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, there were only 12 episodes produced in this season instead of the usual 20 (with 4 consecutive episodes made between February 23 and March 15), making this the shortest season in the series run and beating out both the sixth (1980–1981) season and the thirteenth (1987–1988) season, which had thirteen episodes. This is also the only season in SNL history not to have a new Christmas episode, since the WGA strike spanned from November 2007 to February 2008.
On November 5, 2007, after the episode hosted by Brian Williams, the Writers Guild of America went on strike. It was announced that SNL would air its next episode on November 10, 2007 (with host The Rock and musical guest Amy Winehouse), live on air, with a future episode to follow, featuring Jonah Hill and musical guest Kid Rock. However, on November 7, 2007, SNL's official website confirmed that those episodes were canceled and reruns would be seen beginning November 10, and would continue during the duration of the strike. The Rock/Winehouse show was canceled, along with the Jonah Hill/Kid Rock episode (though Jonah Hill would get a second opportunity, when he hosted the March 15 episode, with musical guest Mariah Carey [filling in for a flu-stricken Janet Jackson] and The Rock would host next season, with musical guest Ray LaMontagne. Amy Winehouse would never get the chance to be a musical guest, host, or even cameo due to her death in 2011).
During the strike on November 17, 2007, the cast of the show, along with host Michael Cera and musical guest Yo La Tengo performed an "episode" of the show entitled Saturday Night Live - On Strike! at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (co-founded by cast member Amy Poehler) in New York City. Every cast member except for Maya Rudolph appeared, with former cast members Horatio Sanz and Rachel Dratch and musician Norah Jones making cameo appearances.
On February 12, 2008, the strike was announced to be officially over with a 92.5% vote. Production continued on February 18, 2008 for the February 23, 2008 episode, hosted by former SNL cast member Tina Fey with musical guest Carrie Underwood.
This season also saw the death of the show's very first host: comedian/actor George Carlin. A scheduled rerun of the episode hosted by Ellen Page was replaced with a rerun of the show's very first episode, which had Carlin as host and Janis Ian and Billy Preston as musical guests.
No changes to the cast happened over the summer and everyone from last season returned. During the strike, long-time castmember Maya Rudolph left the show, as she had no contract with SNL that year. Casey Wilson, an actress and writer who frequently performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, was hired in January 2008 to fill the void, but due to the strike, did not appear on the show until they returned on February 23, 2008.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|625||1||LeBron James||Kanye West||September 29, 2007|
Kanye West performs a medley of "Stronger" and "Good Life" and a medley of "Champion" and "Everything I Am." After rapping part of "Everything I Am" using the original lyrics, Kanye West freestyles, notably saying "I meant to mess up" and expressing surprise that NBC would have him back on the air after his comments directed towards George W. Bush during "A Concert for Hurricane Relief". Additionally, West appears in the 106 & Park sketch.Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell once again voice the titular characters during The Ambiguously Gay Duo sketch.
|626||2||Seth Rogen||Spoon||October 6, 2007|
|Chevy Chase appears during Weekend Update|
|627||3||Jon Bon Jovi||Foo Fighters||October 13, 2007|
|Jack Nicholson introduces Bon Jovi's second performance.|
|628||4||Brian Williams||Feist||November 3, 2007|
|Maya Rudolph's final episode as a cast member.|
|629||5||Tina Fey||Carrie Underwood||February 23, 2008|
Amber Lee Ettinger appears during the cold open.
Steve Martin appears during the opening monologue.
Former Arkansas Governor (and candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential primary) Mike Huckabee appears during Weekend Update.
Don Pardo makes a rare on-screen appearance during the good nights in celebration of his 90th birthday, which was celebrated the previous day.Casey Wilson's first episode as a cast member.
|630||6||Ellen Page||Wilco||March 1, 2008|
Wilco performs "Hate It Here" and "Walken".
Vincent D'Onofrio (as his character of Robert Goren from Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and New York Senator (and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary) Hillary Rodham Clinton appear during the cold open.Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani appears during Weekend Update.
|631||7||Amy Adams||Vampire Weekend||March 8, 2008|
|Vampire Weekend performs "A-Punk" and "M79".|
|632||8||Jonah Hill||Mariah Carey||March 15, 2008|
|Janet Jackson was originally confirmed to be the musical guest, but she was ill with the flu and declined on the Tuesday before the live show.|
|633||9||Christopher Walken||Panic! at the Disco||April 5, 2008|
|Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd appears during the SNL Digital Short.|
|634||10||Ashton Kutcher||Gnarls Barkley||April 12, 2008|
Kutcher's then-wife, Demi Moore, appears in the opening monologue.
Cameron Diaz appears during "The Cougar Den" sketch.The three-part pre-taped sketch "Death By Chocolate" is directed by Jason Reitman.
|635||11||Shia LaBeouf||My Morning Jacket||May 10, 2008|
|My Morning Jacket performs "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges".|
|636||12||Steve Carell||Usher||May 17, 2008|
Carell's wife Nancy Walls (herself a former SNL cast member) appears during the opening monologue.Arizona Senator (and candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential primary) John McCain appears in the "McCain 2008" sketch and during Weekend Update.
|1||"SNL Family Thanksgiving Leftovers"||November 24, 2007|
|This special featured memorable Thanksgiving and family-themed moments from SNL. Sketches in the special were "Debbie Downer" from the season 30 episode hosted by Luke Wilson, "Paul's Monologue Worries", "The Ladies' Man", "The Bird Family" from the season 25 episode hosted by Juliana Marguiles, "Adam Sandler's Turkey Song", "Martha Stewart Living", "Nikey Turkey", "Big Kids", "Fuzzy Memories", "Ed Grimley's Thanksgiving", "Dysfunctional Family Dinner", "Jarret's Room", "Swerski's Super Fans' Thanksgiving", "The Loud Family", and "Greetings from Tonto, Tarzan, and Frankenstein."|
|2||"The Best of Mike Myers"||June 15, 2008|
|The special featured an updated version of his best of which included new material. The new material featured Myers and the current cast talking about him and the studio. Sketches included: "Wayne's World Meets Aerosmith", "Coffee Talk with Barbra Streisand", "Simon", "Lothar of the Hill People" and more. This special also featured Myers' personal favorite sketches that he performed with Phil Hartman and Chris Farley.|
- "SNL stages two-hour live theatre show in Manhattan". Canadian Broadcasting Centre. November 18, 2007. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008.
- Kreps, Daniel (March 12, 2008). "Janet Jackson Cancels "SNL" Appearance, Blames Flu". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2012.