Saturday Night Live (season 37)
|Saturday Night Live Season 37|
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 37th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original run||September 24, 2011 – May 19, 2012|
|List of Saturday Night Live episodes|
Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-seventh season during the 2011–2012 television season on NBC. The season officially began on September 24, 2011 with host Alec Baldwin, who returned to host for a record sixteenth time and with musical guest Radiohead and ended on May 19, 2012 with host and musical guest Mick Jagger.
The season began with minimal changes to the cast, as everyone from the prior year returned. The only major change that occurred was Nasim Pedrad being upgraded from being a featured player to repertory status.
Kate McKinnon (previously a cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show) joined the cast midseason, as a featured player for the last 5 episodes of the season, making her debut on April 7, 2012. McKinnon's addition was announced March 28, 2012. McKinnon is SNL's first openly gay cast member hired since Terry Sweeney in 1985, and the show's first openly gay female cast member (Danitra Vance from the 1985–1986 season was SNL's first lesbian cast member, however Vance's sexuality was not public knowledge until her death in 1994).
This would be the final season for seven-year vets Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, both cast members since 2005. As well, Abby Elliott, who had been a cast member since 2008, would be let go from the show after four seasons. Second year featured player Paul Brittain also exited abruptly halfway through the season, making his final appearance on January 14, 2012.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
Prior to the start of the season, CollegeHumor writer Sarah Schneider was added to the writing staff. Schneider served as a guest writer for the last five episodes of season 36. Also added were Chris Kelly, who previously wrote for Funny or Die and The Onion News Network, Zach Kanin, who worked on the Harvard Lampoon, and Peter Schultz, a performer from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
The season saw the deaths of a few former writers, including Nelson Lyon, who died at the age of 73 due to liver cancer. Lyon wrote for the show during its seventh season. Mark O'Donnell who also wrote during the show's seventh season. O'Donnell was found dead at the age of 58 outside his apartment in New York. And most notably, Tom Davis who died after a three-year battle with throat and neck cancer.
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate||Ratings/Share|
|703||1||Alec Baldwin||Radiohead||September 24, 2011||5.0/13|
|Steve Martin, with sixteen times hosting. Also, this is Baldwin's first time hosting a season premiere, and has joined Martin in becoming one of two men to host a season premiere, finale, and Christmas episode.|
|704||2||Melissa McCarthy||Lady Antebellum||October 1, 2011||5.2/13|
|Lady Antebellum performed "We Owned the Night" and "Just a Kiss".|
|705||3||Ben Stiller||Foster the People||October 8, 2011||4.8/12|
|Kenny G played soprano sax during Foster the People's performance of "Houdini".|
|706||4||Anna Faris||Drake||October 15, 2011||4.8/12|
|Nicki Minaj joined Drake for his second performance.|
|707||5||Charlie Day||Maroon 5||November 5, 2011||4.9/11|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Danny DeVito appeared in the opening monologue.|
|708||6||Emma Stone||Coldplay||November 12, 2011||4.5/11|
Andrew Garfield appeared in the opening monologue.The song A cause des garçons by Yelle was played during the Les jeunes de Paris sketch.
|709||7||Jason Segel||Florence + The Machine||November 19, 2011||4.6/11|
The Muppets - Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire), Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson), Rowlf the Dog (Bill Barretta), Fozzie Bear (Jacobson), Gonzo the Great (Dave Goelz), Scooter (David Rudman), Camilla the Chicken (Matt Vogel) and Statler and Waldorf (Whitmire and Goelz respectively) appeared in the opening monologue. There was even a photo from episode 11 featuring Gilda Radner and Scred from "The Land of Gorch" when Scooter told Jason about the Muppets being on "Saturday Night Live" back in the first season. Additionally, Kermit the Frog appeared in a Weekend Update segment, and Rowlf and Gonzo appeared in the "Massachusetts Afternoon" sketch.
Paul Rudd appeared in the "Vogelchecks' Thanksgiving" sketch and the "Massachusetts Afternoon" sketch.
Also, at the end of the "Vogelchecks' Thanksgiving" sketch, a family photo shows James Franco who appeared in a previous sketch as a member of the fictional family, as well as Paul Rudd.Olivia Wilde appeared in the SNL Digital Short.
|710||8||Steve Buscemi||The Black Keys||December 3, 2011||4.8/11|
|Maya Rudolph appeared as Whitney Houston in "The Miley Cyrus Show" sketch.|
|711||9||Katy Perry||Robyn||December 10, 2011||4.8/11|
|Bill Hader was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for the 2012 Emmy Awards for his work on this episode.|
|712||10||Jimmy Fallon||Michael Bublé||December 17, 2011||5.3/13|
Michael Bublé performed "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". He also appeared briefly in the opening monologue and in the taped commercial parody "Michael Bublé's Christmas Duets".
During Alec Baldwin's Christmas Carol-themed monologue in a December 1998 episode, Fallon, then a first-year featured performer, had been accurately predicted as the host of the pre-Christmas episode in 2011.
Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan made cameo appearances to reprise "Christmas is Number One" with host Jimmy Fallon. Additionally, Sanz and Kattan appeared in the "Beethoven's 9th Symphony" sketch.
Will Arnett could be seen skating in the background during the goodnights.Fallon won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor - Comedy Series for this episode.
|713||11||Charles Barkley||Kelly Clarkson||January 7, 2012||7.4/18|
|Lions at Saints football game, making it the second time that an episode of SNL hosted by Charles Barkley has been delayed due to a sports game (the first time being in 2010 during the show's 35th season).|
|714||12||Daniel Radcliffe||Lana Del Rey||January 14, 2012||5.2/12|
|715||13||Channing Tatum||Bon Iver||February 4, 2012||4.7/11|
|Bon Iver performed "Holocene" and "Beth/Rest".|
|716||14||Zooey Deschanel||Karmin||February 11, 2012||5.0/12|
Jean Dujardin appeared in the Les jeunes de Paris sketch.
The real Nicolas Cage appeared on Weekend Update alongside Andy Samberg's Nicolas Cage.This episode was dedicated to the memory of Whitney Houston, who died in Beverly Hills about 4 hours before the episode began. After the crab sketch, a picture of Houston on SNL alongside Molly Shannon from a Mary Katherine Gallagher sketch was shown in complete silence.
|717||15||Maya Rudolph||Sleigh Bells||February 18, 2012||4.9/12|
Paul Simon appeared in the opening monologue.
Amy Poehler returned to reprise her role as Betty Caruso in a Bronx Beat sketch with Rudolph, appeared on Weekend Update for another installment of "Really?!?!" and to resume her co-anchor duties, and reprised her role as Hillary Clinton in "The Obama Show" sketch.Bill O'Reilly and Kate Upton appeared on "What Up with That".
|718||16||Lindsay Lohan||Jack White||March 3, 2012||5.5/14|
Ruby Amanfu performed backing vocals during Jack White's first performance.
Jimmy Fallon appeared in the opening monologue.Jon Hamm appeared in the opening monologue and on Weekend Update.
|719||17||Jonah Hill||The Shins||March 10, 2012||4.3/11|
|Tom Hanks appeared in the opening monologue. John McEnroe appeared in the SNL Digital Short.|
|720||18||Sofía Vergara||One Direction||April 7, 2012||5.0/16|
|721||19||Josh Brolin||Gotye||April 14, 2012||4.6/11|
|Kimbra joined Gotye on his first performance.|
|722||20||Eli Manning||Rihanna||May 5, 2012||5.2/13|
|Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who died the previous day. A musical performance clip was shown after Weekend Update and featured a short clip of the group performing "Sure Shot" from season 20.|
|723||21||Will Ferrell||Usher||May 12, 2012||5.1/13|
Ferrell's mother, Betty Kay Ferrell, appeared in the opening monologue.
Will Forte reprised his role as Greg Stink in the ESPN Classic sketch and his role as Hamilton in the "25th Anniversary Celebration" sketch.Liam Neeson appeared on Weekend Update.
|724||22||Mick Jagger||Mick Jagger with: Arcade Fire; Foo Fighters; Jeff Beck||May 19, 2012||5.2/13|
Mick Jagger performed "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire (The Strokes' bassist Nikolai Fraiture also appeared with the group), a medley of "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" with Foo Fighters, and "Tea Party", an original blues tune with Jeff Beck and the SNL Band.
Steve Martin appeared in "The Californians" sketch as a Californian amnesiac and in the goodbyes.
Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, Will Forte, and Lorne Michaels appeared in the final sketch commemorating Kristen Wiig with a medley of "She's a Rainbow" and "Ruby Tuesday," with the latter song continuing through the goodbyes.Kristen Wiig was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2012 Emmy Awards for her work on this, her final episode as a cast member.
- Returning Shows
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- Luippold, Ross (August 2, 2011). "Lorne Michaels: All 'SNL' Cast Members Will Return This Season". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
- Andreeva, Nellie (March 28, 2012). "‘Saturday Night Live’ To Add Female Player". Deadline. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
- "Kate McKinnon joining 'SNL' cast". Newsday.com. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- Fri, March 30, 2012 1:38pm EST by HL Intern (2012-03-30). "Kate McKinnon Casts On SNL". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Andy Samberg is Now Officially Leaving Saturday Night Live". Vulture. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
- "Kristen Wiig gets a rousing sendoff from ‘SNL’ on its season finale after 7 years in the cast". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- "Exclusive: Abby Elliott on Her New Movie, A Role on 'How I Met Your Mother,' and Leaving 'SNL'". Elle. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- Stack, Tim (January 31, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' scoop: Castmember Paul Brittain to leave immediately -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly, Inc. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
- Sarah Schneider hired as writer
- "Funny or Die/Onion News Network's Chris Kelly Hired as a Writer at SNL". splitsider. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
- "SNL Rounds Out Its New Season Hires with Writers Zach Kanin and Peter Schultz". splitsider. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
- Nelson Lyon
- Mark O'Donnell
- "Radiohead on 'Saturday Night Live': Dancing Thom & 2 Drummers". Billboard. September 25, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Perricone, Kathleen (September 25, 2011). "'SNL': Steve Martin crashes Alec Baldwin's opening monologue, tests him for steroids". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Mapes, Jillian (October 3, 2011). "Lady Antebellum 'Own' Saturday Night Live: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Doherty, Maggie (October 10, 2011). "Foster the People Give 'Pumped Up' Performance on 'SNL': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Gioia, Michael C. (October 11, 2011). "Watch Hugh Jackman Portray How to Succeed…'s Daniel Radcliffe on "Saturday Night Live" (Video)". Playbill. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Johnson, Zach (October 9, 2011). "Ben Stiller Reprises Zoolander Role on Saturday Night Live". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Lipshutz, Jason (October 16, 2011). "Drake Delivers Halloween Rap, Performs on 'SNL'". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Mapes, Jillian (November 14, 2011). "Coldplay on 'SNL': Crying to Adele, Chris Martin Rocks a Holiday Vest". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Mapes, Jillian (November 21, 2011). "Florence + the Machine Rocks 'SNL' With New Jack Swing Thanksgiving Song". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Depland, Michael (December 5, 2011). "The Black Keys Aren't 'Lonely' With Second 'SNL' Spot: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Rutherford, Kevin (December 11, 2011). "Katy Perry Hosts 'SNL': The Hits & Misses, Including a Florence Welch Spoof". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- "Michael Buble 'Duets' With Kanye, Taylor Swift & Gaga on 'SNL': Watch". Billboard. December 19, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- "Monologue: Alec Baldwin | Video | Saturday Night Live". NBC. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- Mapes, Jillian (January 9, 2012). "Kelly Clarkson Rocks 'SNL' With Girl Power, Keytar". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Semigran, Aly (January 7, 2012). "Charles Barkley hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Schneider, Marc (January 15, 2012). "Live From New York, It's Lana Del Rey". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Schneider, Marc (February 5, 2012). "On 'SNL,' Bon Iver Shines as 'Lana Del Rey' Whines". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Gottlieb, Jed (February 12, 2012). "Karmin on Saturday Night Live". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Andreeva, Nellie (April 8, 2012). "‘SNL’ Ratings Up In Return From Hiatus". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (April 15, 2012). "‘SNL’ Ratings Down WIth Host Josh Brolin". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (May 6, 2012). "Eli Manning’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Strong But No Match For Lindsay Lohan’s". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
- "Saturday Night Live: Mick Jagger & Jeff Beck: Tea Party". hulu. May 20, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012.