Saturday Night Live (season 39)

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Saturday Night Live Season 39
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 28, 2013 – May 17, 2014
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Saturday Night Live premiered its thirty-ninth season during the 2013–14 television season on NBC. The season officially began on September 28, 2013, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire, and concluded on May 17, 2014, with host Andy Samberg and musical guest St. Vincent.

Cast[edit]

Prior to the start of the season, a large number of cast changes occurred. Long-time cast members Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis all departed the show. In addition to them, first-year featured player Tim Robinson left the cast to focus on his new duties in the writing staff, becoming the first performer to join the writing staff after being a cast member without initially being hired as a writer.

In their places six new featured players were hired including SNL writer Mike O'Brien who was upgraded into the cast, as well as new hires Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney of the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, John Milhiser of the sketch group Serious Lunch, comedienne Noël Wells (known for her viral videos and impressions featured on sites such as Cracked.com), and stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan.

O'Brien has written for the show since the 2009–10 season and is the first writer to be upgraded into the cast since Jason Sudeikis in 2005. Mooney and Bennett's fellow Good Neighbor troupe member Dave McCary was also hired to direct Bennett and Mooney's digital shorts.

On May 12, 2013, NBC announced that Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers would be the new host of Late Night in 2014 succeeding Jimmy Fallon as Fallon will take over as the new host of The Tonight Show. Meyers remained Weekend Update anchor up until his departure from the show on February 1, 2014.[1][2] Cecily Strong was brought up to co-anchor with Meyers. Colin Jost, a writer for the show (and head writer for season 38 and 39), joined the cast on March 1, 2014, as a featured player and as Meyers' successor on Weekend Update.[3] This is the third time a featured player was also a Weekend Update anchor. The first two were Tina Fey and Brian Doyle-Murray.

During the season, the show came under criticism from critics (as well as cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah) for not including at least one black female cast member, a topic which was addressed on the November 2, 2013 show hosted by Kerry Washington.[4] As a result, Lorne Michaels announced that the show would be holding auditions for a black female cast member, expected to join the show in January as a new featured player.[5] UCB-NY performer Sasheer Zamata was announced as a new featured player on January 6, 2014. She made her first appearance on January 18, 2014.[6]

The addition of eight new cast members is the greatest since the 1995–96 season, during which nine cast members were added, making it the largest cast overhaul in eighteen years.

Along with the other changes that occurred to the cast, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong were all promoted to repertory status.

This would be the final season for Nasim Pedrad, who announced her departure from the show in June 2014 in order to work on the Lorne Michaels-produced show Mulaney.[7] Additionally, John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan departed from the show after a single season.[8][9]

This would also be the final season for longtime announcer Don Pardo, who died on August 18, 2014 at the age of 96.[10]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchors

Writers[edit]

For the first half of the season, Seth Meyers, Colin Jost and Rob Klein were co-head writers. As of March, Colin Jost, Rob Klein, and Bryan Tucker are this season's head writers.[11]

Prior to the start of the season, three new writers were hired:

Additionally, Tim Robinson was moved to the writing staff after one year as a featured player on the show.[11]

In December, Chicago Second City alum Katie Rich joined the writing staff.[15]

In January, comedians LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones were added to the writing staff.[16] Both were part of the December casting call for a black female cast member.

This was Seth Meyers' final season as writer. Recent addition Michael Che also departed following this season to join The Daily Show as a correspondent.[17][18]

Episodes[edit]

Saturday Night Live season 39 episodes
No. # Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original airdate Ratings/share
746 1 Tina Fey Arcade Fire September 28, 2013 4.7/12[19]

Arcade Fire performs "Reflektor" and "Afterlife" and appears in the "New Cast Member or Arcade Fire" sketch.

Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan's first episode as cast members.[11]

Cecily Strong joins Seth Meyers as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update starting with this episode.

Aaron Paul appears in the cold open and the "E-Meth commercial" sketch, reprising his Jesse Pinkman character from Breaking Bad and appears as Drunk Uncle's nephew during Weekend Update.
747 2 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus October 5, 2013 4.5/13[20]
Miley Cyrus performs "Wrecking Ball" and an unplugged version of "We Can't Stop."
748 3 Bruce Willis Katy Perry October 12, 2013 4.3/11[21]
Katy Perry performs "Roar" and "Walking on Air."
749 4 Edward Norton Janelle Monáe October 26, 2013 3.9/10[22]

Janelle Monáe performs "Dance Apocalyptic" and "Electric Lady".

Alec Baldwin and Miley Cyrus appear in the opening monologue. Baldwin also narrates and appears in the fake Wes Anderson trailer. Cyrus also cameos in the "12 Days Not a Slave" sketch.
750 5 Kerry Washington Eminem November 2, 2013 4.9/12[23]

Eminem performs "Berzerk" and "Survival" with Skylar Grey.

Al Sharpton appears in the cold open.

Rick Rubin serves as Eminem's DJ during "Berzerk".

An excerpt from a season twelve performance featuring Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, who died on October 27, 2013 from liver disease was featured after the show's Update segment.
751 6 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga November 16, 2013 4.9/12[24]
Lady Gaga performs "Do What U Want" with R. Kelly and "Gypsy."
752 7 Josh Hutcherson Haim November 23, 2013 4.1/10[25]
HAIM performs "The Wire" and "Don't Save Me" and appears in the "Josie" sketch.
753 8 Paul Rudd One Direction December 7, 2013 4.9/12[26]

One Direction performs "Story of My Life" and "Through the Dark" and appears in the opening monologue and in the pre-taped "Dan Charles" sketch.

Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen appear in the cold open reprising their characters from "The Lawrence Welk Show" sketches.

Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell appear in the opening monologue. Ferrell and Koechner later reprise their "drunken salesmen" characters for the "Bill Brasky" sketch.
754 9 John Goodman Kings of Leon December 14, 2013 4.5/11[27]

Kings of Leon perform "Temple" and "Wait for Me" and appears in the "Guy Fieri Holiday Special" sketch.

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro appear in the "Three Wise Guys" sketch.

Wale appears in the H&M music video.
755 10 Jimmy Fallon Justin Timberlake December 21, 2013 6.3/16[28]

Justin Timberlake performs "Only When I Walk Away" and "Pair of Wings" and appears in the "Wrappinville" sketch, the Celebrity Family Feud sketch (parodying Fallon), and The Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch.

Paul McCartney appears in the opening monologue.

Madonna and Barry Gibb appear in The Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch. Madonna also co-introduces Timberlake's first performance.

Michael Bloomberg appears during Weekend Update.

Chris Rock appears during the goodnights.
756 11 Drake Drake January 18, 2014 4.7/12[29]

Drake performs a medley of "Started from the Bottom and "Trophies" and a medley of "Hold On, We're Going Home" and "From Time" with singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko.

Sasheer Zamata's first episode as a cast member
757 12 Jonah Hill Bastille January 25, 2014 4.8/12[30]

Bastille performs "Pompeii" and "Oblivion".

Leonardo DiCaprio appears during the opening monologue.

Michael Cera appears in the pretaped "me" sketch.
758 13 Melissa McCarthy Imagine Dragons February 1, 2014 5.4/13[31]

Imagine Dragons perform "Radioactive" with Kendrick Lamar and "Demons".

Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (in character as Stefon), Andy Samberg, and Fred Armisen (reprising his David Paterson impersonation) appear during Weekend Update.

Seth Meyers' final episode as a cast member.[2]

A still of Pete Seeger, who had died five days earlier, was shown in complete silence following Weekend Update.
759 14 Jim Parsons Beck March 1, 2014 4.6/12[33]

Beck performs "Blue Moon" and "Wave".

J. Tillman sang backing vocals and played guitar for both of Beck's performances.[32]

Colin Jost's first episode as a cast member and Weekend Update anchor.[3]
760 15 Lena Dunham The National March 8, 2014 4.1/11[34]

The National performs "Graceless" and "I Need My Girl".

Liam Neeson appears in the cold open.

Jon Hamm appears in the "What are You Even Doing? You're Being Crazy" sketch.

Fred Armisen appears during Weekend Update in character as one of "Vladimir Putin's Best Friends from Growing Up".
761 16 Louis C.K. Sam Smith March 29, 2014 4.0/10[35]
Sam Smith performs "Stay with Me" and "Lay Me Down".
762 17 Anna Kendrick Pharrell Williams April 5, 2014 4.0/10[36]

Pharrell Williams performs "Happy" and "Marilyn Monroe" and appears in the "Pharrell Audition" sketch.

Hans Zimmer conducts the orchestra during Pharrell Williams' second performance.

Icona Pop appears in the pre-taped "Dongs All Over the World" sketch.

The song "Louxor j'adore" by Katerine was played during the Les jeunes de Paris sketch.
763 18 Seth Rogen Ed Sheeran April 12, 2014 3.9/10[37]

Ed Sheeran performs "Sing" and "Don't".

Zooey Deschanel, James Franco and Taylor Swift appear in the opening monologue. Franco also appears in the pre-taped "Monster Pals" sketch.
764 19 Andrew Garfield Coldplay May 3, 2014 3.9/10[38]

Coldplay performs "Magic" and "A Sky Full of Stars". Additionally, Chris Martin appears in the "Spider-Man Kiss" sketch.

Emma Stone appears in the opening monologue and in the "Spider-Man Kiss" sketch.

Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub appear in the pre-taped "Beygency" sketch.

SNL writer Leslie Jones appears during Weekend Update.
765 20 Charlize Theron The Black Keys May 10, 2014 3.8/10[39]

The Black Keys perform "Fever" and "Bullet in the Brain".

Barbara Walters appears during Weekend Update.
766 21 Andy Samberg St. Vincent May 17, 2014 4.0/10[40]

St. Vincent performs "Digital Witness" and "Birth in Reverse".

Maya Rudolph appears during the cold open (reprising her impression of Beyoncé), the "Vogelchecks" sketch, and the second SNL Digital Short (reprising her impression of Oprah Winfrey).

Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Martin Short appear in the opening monologue. Additionally, Hader appears during the "Vogelchecks" sketch.

Lil Jon appears in the first SNL Digital Short.

Paul Rudd appears during Weekend Update and the "Vogelchecks" sketch.

Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen appear in the "Vogelchecks" sketch. Additionally, Wiig appears during the "Bvlgari watch" sketch.

Tatiana Maslany, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Pharrell Williams appear during the second SNL Digital Short.

2 Chainz appears in the "Blizzard Man" sketch.

John Milhiser, Nasim Pedrad, Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelan's final episode as a cast members. Don Pardo's final episode as the announcer.[10]

Specials[edit]

# Special Original airdate U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Saturday Night Live Halloween" October 31, 2013 5.32[41]
A collection of Halloween-based sketches and scary movie parodies, including: "Clinton Halloween Party" (featuring an appearance by Barack Obama) from the season 33 episode hosted by Brian Williams, "Vincent Price's Halloween Special 1959" from the season 34 episode hosted by Jon Hamm, "Most Haunted" from the season 32 episode hosted by Hugh Laurie, "Halloween Greetings from Tonto, Tarzan, and Frankenstein" from the season 15 episode hosted by James Woods, "The Merryville Brothers Halloween Ride" from the season 38 episode hosted by Bruno Mars, the Twilight parody Firelight from the season 35 episode hosted by Taylor Swift, Weekend Update: Stefon's Halloween Tips from the season 38 episode hosted by Bruno Mars, "Turner Classic Movies: The Bride of Blackenstein," from the season 36 episode hosted by Jesse Eisenberg, "Aw, Nuts! Mom's a Ghost!" from the season 38 episode hosted by Kristen Wiig, and "Jeff Montgomery, The Trick-Or-Treating Sex Offender" from the season 34 episode hosted by Jon Hamm.
2 "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving" November 27, 2013 4.87[42]
A collection of Thanksgiving sketches including: "Debbie Downer" from the season 30 episode hosted by Luke Wilson, Paul Simon's Monologue Worries from season 2, "The Ladies Man" from the season 24 episode hosted by Jennifer Love Hewitt, "The Regurgitating Family" from the season 25 episode hosted by Julianna Margulies, Weekend Update: Adam Sandler and Kevin Nealon singing "The Thanksgiving Song" from the season 18 episode hosted by Sinbad, Weekend Update: Garth and Kat promote their Thanksgiving album from the season 37 episode hosted by Emma Stone, "Martha Stewart Living" from the season 27 episode hosted by Billy Bob Thornton, "Nikey Turkey" from the season 16 episode hosted by Dennis Hopper, "The Californians" and "Your Hometown Tourism Ad" from the season 38 episode hosted by Jeremy Renner, "Fuzzy Memories" from the season 21 episode hosted by David Schwimmer, "Ed Grimley Thanksgiving" from the season 10 episode hosted by Ed Asner, "Family Dinner Arguments" from the season 27 episode hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, "Jarret's Room" from the season 28 episode hosted by Brittany Murphy, "Sarcastic Thanksgiving Dinner" from the season 35 episode hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Bill Swerski's Superfans" from the season 17 episode hosted by Macaulay Culkin, "The Loud Family" from the season 4 episode hosted by Carrie Fisher, and "Penelope" from the season 36 episode hosted by Anne Hathaway.
3 "Saturday Night Live Christmas" December 4, 2013 7.42[43]
A collection of Christmas and December holiday-based sketches including: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig singing "Santa's My Boyfriend", "Homelessville" and "Dick in a Box" from the season 32 episode hosted by Justin Timberlake; opening monologue and "Michael Bublé Christmas Duets" from the season 37 episode hosted by Jimmy Fallon; "Winter Wonderland" performed by the cast from the season 1 episode hosted by Candice Bergen; "Glengarry Glen Santa's Workshop" from the season 31 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin, "A Holiday Wish" from the season 12 episode hosted by the Three Amigos (Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short); Weekend Update: Adam Sandler sings "The Chanukah Song" from the season 20 episode hosted by Roseanne; Jeff Bridges and Cookie Monster singing "Silver Bells" from season 36; TV Funhouse: "Christmastime for the Jews" from the season 31 episode hosted by Jack Black; John Malkovich reads The Night Before Christmas in season 34; "Consumer Probe: Holiday Edition" from the season 2 episode hosted by Candice Bergen; Weekend Update: The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party, "You're a Rat Bastard, Charlie Brown", "A Tony Bennett Christmas" and "What Up With That?" from the season 38 episode hosted by Martin Short; "Martha Stewart Topless Christmas Special" from the season 22 episode hosted by Martin Short; "The Robert Goulet All-Holiday Special" from the season 27 episode hosted by Hugh Jackman; Weekend Update: Drunk Uncle from the season 37 episode hosted by Steve Buscemi; "Season's Greetings from Saturday Night Live" from the season 26 episode hosted by Val Kilmer; "Delicious Dish" from the season 24 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin; and "Mary Katherine Gallagher" from the season 22 episode hosted by Rosie O'Donnell.
4 "SNL Best of This Season" January 4, 2014 5.6/14[44]
A collection of sketches from seasons 38 and 39, including: "Obama's Address" from the season 39 episode hosted by John Goodman; the opening monologue from the season 39 episode hosted by Paul Rudd featuring musical guest One Direction and special appearances by Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carrell; "Girls promo" from the season 39 episode hosted by Tina Fey; "Shallon: Stranger Danger" and The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders from the season 39 episode hosted by Edward Norton; "Girlfriends Talk Show" from the season 38 episode hosted by Anne Hathaway; "Waking Up with Kimye" from the season 39 episode hosted by Lady Gaga; "Boy Dance Party" from the season 39 episode hosted by Bruce Willis; several Weekend Update clips and segments from season 39 (1.No Way to Fix This E06, 2.Scientific Inaccuracies E03, 3.May Propose E03, 4.Human Christmas Tree E07, 5.Drunk Uncle E01, 6.New Merchandise E05, 7.Most Obese Residents E08, 8.Boy Suspended E02, 9.Bieber Party E07, 10.Man Arrested E02, 11.New Law in PA E07, 12.Jebidiah Atkinson E06); "Our Love" and "The Baby Man Boss" from the season 39 episode hosted by Josh Hutcherson; "How's He Doing?" and "Good Neighbor: Ice Cream" from the season 39 episode hosted by Kerry Washington; and "We Did Stop (The Government)" from the season 39 episode hosted by Miley Cyrus.
5 "SNL Presents: SNL Sports Spectacular" January 30, 2014 4.79[45]
A collection of sketches from episodes hosted by professional athletes and other sports stars, hosted by Seth Meyers, including: Pamela Bell sings the national anthem at the 2006 World Series from the season 32 episode hosted by Hugh Laurie; Derek Jeter's opening monologue and "Derek Jeter's Taco Hole" from season 27; "Schmitt's Gay Beer Commercial" and "Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley" from the season 17 episode hosted by Michael Jordan; "United Way" and "Locker Team Motivation" from the season 32 episode hosted by Peyton Manning; Weekend Update: Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal from the season 39 episode hosted by Kerry Washington; "Cookie Dough Sport Commercial" from the season 23 episode hosted by Matthew Perry; "What's Up with That?" from the season 35 episode hosted by James Franco; "Broncos Locker Room" from the season 37 episode hosted by Jimmy Fallon; "SportsCenter" from the season 24 episode hosted by Ray Romano; Kannon AE-1 from the season 8 episode hosted by Stevie Wonder; "Bernard" from the season 24 episode hosted by Kelsey Grammer; "MacGruber", "MacGruber II", "MacGruber III" from the season 35 episode hosted by Charles Barkley; "Outside the Lines" from the season 38 episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy; "Super Bowl Promo" from the season 37 episode hosted by Channing Tatum; "Fernando's Hideaway" from the season 10 episode hosted by Mr. T and Hulk Hogan; "Read to Achieve" from the season 33 episode hosted by LeBron James; "Little Brothers" from the season 37 episode hosted by Eli Manning; "Lillehammer '94 Figure Skating" from the season 19 episode hosted by Nancy Kerrigan; "Synchronized Swimming" from season 10; Weekend Update: All Drug Olympics from the season 14 episode hosted by Tom Hanks; "Vagisil Superstars of Bowling Tournament 1989" from the season 35 episode hosted by Blake Lively; "Yankee Stadium Stories" from the season 34 episode hosted by James Franco; TV Funhouse: "Sexual Harassment and You" from the season 30 episode hosted by Tom Brady; "Bowl Madness" from the season 37 episode hosted by Charles Barkley; "Little Chocolate Donuts" from the season 3 episode hosted by Buck Henry; Weekend Update: Billie Jean King from the season 39 episode hosted by Jimmy Fallon; and "Locker Room Motivation" from the season 34 episode hosted by Michael Phelps.
6 "SNL Shorts" April 24, 2014
A collection of filmed shorts including: "Djesus Uncrossed" from the season 38 episode hosted by Christoph Waltz; "Deep Thoughts: On How Kids Like To Be Tricked" from the season 16 episode hosted by Kevin Bacon; "Wayne and Garth: Truth or Dare with Madonna" from the season 16 episode hosted by Delta Burke; "Lazy Sunday" from the season 31 episode hosted by Jack Black; "Swan Lake" from the season 3 episode hosted by Steve Martin; "Synchronized Swimmers" from season 10; "Don' You Go Rounin' Roun To Re Ro" from the season 36 episode hosted by Russell Brand; "Sad Mouse" from the season 38 episode hosted by Bruno Mars; "Flirty Neighbors" from the season 39 episode hosted by Anna Kendrick; "United Way" from the season 32 episode hosted by Peyton Manning"; "Ambiguously Gay Duo: It Takes Two To Tango" from the season 22 episode hosted by Tom Hanks; "Deep Thoughts: On Telling Kids Where Rain Comes From" from the season 16 episode hosted by Sting; "(Do It On My) Twin Bed" from the season 39 episode hosted by Jimmy Fallon; "Prose and Cons" from the season 7 episode with musical guest Rod Stewart; "MacGruber", "MacGruber II", "MacGruber III" from the season 35 episode hosted by Charles Barkley; "La Dolce Gilda" from the season 3 episode hosted by Michael Sarrazin; "Star Wars Screen Tests" from the season 22 episode hosted by Kevin Spacey; "Real Housewives of Disney" from the season 37 episode hosted by Lindsay Lohan; The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders from the season 39 episode hosted by Edward Norton; "Chris for President" from the season 39 episode hosted by Louis C.K.; "Love Is a Dream" from the season 14 episode hosted by Melanie Griffith; "Go Lords" from the season 23 episode hosted by Julianne Moore; "Push Button To Explode Building" from the season 7 episode hosted by Susan St. James; "Lincoln" from the season 38 episode hosted by Louis C.K.; "The Hit" from the season 39 episode hosted by Jonah Hill; "Doogie Howser M.D." from the season 34 episode hosted by Neil Patrick Harris; "Deep Thoughts: On Laughing At Grandpa" from the season 17 episode hosted by Kiefer Sutherland and the season 18 episode hosted by Nicolas Cage; "White Like Eddie" from the season 10 episode hosted by Eddie Murphy; "Boy Dance Party" from the season 39 episode hosted by Bruce Willis; "Danielle" from the season 38 episode hosted by Jennifer Lawrence; "History of Punk" from the season 38 episode hosted by Vince Vaughn; "Deep Thoughts: On What Frightens Ants The Most" from the season 18 episode hosted by Jason Alexander; "Dick in a Box" from the season 32 episode hosted by Justin Timberlake; "The Baby and The German Intellectual" from the season 26 episode hosted by Jennifer Lopez; and "Homeward Bound" from the season 2 episode hosted by Candice Bergen.

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