Saturday Night Live (season 33)
|Saturday Night Live Season 33|
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|
|List of Saturday Night Live episodes|
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.
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.
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.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|625||1||LeBron James||Kanye West||September 29, 2007|
Kanye West performed a medley of "Stronger" and "Good Life" in his first performance. In his second performance, he performed a medley of "Champion" and "Everything I Am." After rapping part of "Everything I Am" using the original lyrics, Kanye West freestyled, 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". Kanye West appeared in the "106 & Park" sketch, which spoofs his controversial history with awards shows.Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell appear in the eleventh episode of The Ambiguously Gay Duo called "First Served, First Come".
|626||2||Seth Rogen||Spoon||October 6, 2007|
|The Underdog" and "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb."|
|627||3||Jon Bon Jovi||Foo Fighters||October 13, 2007|
Jon Bon Jovi and his band performed "Lost Highway" during the opening monologue, even though Foo Fighters were the official musical guests. Bon Jovi also performed "Who Says You Can't Go Home" at the end of the show. The latter performance was introduced by Jack Nicholson.The Pretender."
|628||4||Brian Williams||Feist||November 3, 2007|
Barack Obama made a cameo during the cold open. Obama also started the show by uttering the famous words, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!"
Maya Rudolph's final episode as a cast member.Feist performed "1234" and "I Feel It All".
|629||5||Tina Fey||Carrie Underwood||February 23, 2008|
Casey Wilson's first episode as a cast member.
Announcer Don Pardo made a rare on-screen appearance during the good nights in celebration of his 90th birthday, which was celebrated the previous day.Carrie Underwood performed "All-American Girl" and "Flat on the Floor".
|630||6||Ellen Page||Wilco||March 1, 2008|
Hillary Clinton appeared in the cold open after Amy Poehler impersonated her. Also appearing in the cold open was Vincent D'Onofrio as his character of Det. Robert Goren from Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
|631||7||Amy Adams||Vampire Weekend||March 8, 2008|
Vampire Weekend performed "A-Punk" and "M79".First appearance of Kenan Thompson's Jean K Jean character.
|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|
|Nine in the Afternoon" and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies".|
|634||10||Ashton Kutcher||Gnarls Barkley||April 12, 2008|
Ashton Kutcher's then-wife, Demi Moore, appears in the opening monologue.
Cameron Diaz makes a guest appearance in "The Cougar Den" sketch.Jason Reitman.
|635||11||Shia LaBeouf||My Morning Jacket||May 10, 2008|
My Morning Jacket performed "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges".
Includes 1st Scared Straight sketch.Kenan's 30th birthday, which is identified in the Goodnights, along with Happy Mother's Day wishes.
|636||12||Steve Carell||Usher||May 17, 2008|
Steve Carell's wife Nancy Walls, herself a cast member in season 21, appeared during the opening monologue.Love in This Club", with Young Jeezy making an appearance during the latter song.
|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
- Kreps, Daniel (March 12, 2008). "Janet Jackson Cancels "SNL" Appearance, Blames Flu". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2012.