Saturday Night Live (season 40)
|Saturday Night Live (season 40)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Original release||September 27, 2014– May 16, 2015|
Saturday Night Live premiered its fortieth season during the 2014–15 television season on NBC. The season premiered on September 27, 2014, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande and came to a conclusion on May 16, 2015 with host Louis C.K. and musical guest Rihanna. Former cast member Darrell Hammond succeeded Don Pardo, who had died in August, as the show's new announcer. The premiere included an interstitial photograph of Pardo — SNL's announcer since it premiered in 1975, with the exception of seasons 7 and episode 14 of season 21 (where Hammond took his place).
As part of an ongoing rebuilding process, which producer Lorne Michaels indicated would result in cast changes for the 2014–15 season, a number of changes were announced: Nasim Pedrad departed after five seasons to star on the Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom Mulaney, while John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan were let go after a single season. Additionally, Mike O'Brien, a writer for the show for four seasons before joining the cast at the start of the previous season, returned to the writers' room.
Two comedians joined the cast at the start of the season: stand-up comic Pete Davidson, the first SNL cast member to have been born in the 1990s, and former SNL writer Michael Che as a Weekend Update co-anchor, replacing Cecily Strong, who remains in the cast. Che left SNL at the end of the previous season to become a correspondent on The Daily Show. After making appearances on Weekend Update and in several sketches, writer Leslie Jones was promoted to the cast on October 20, 2014 as a featured player.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchors
Prior to the start of the season, five new writers were hired:
- Alison Rich, a performer with the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York.
- Nick Rutherford, a member of Los Angeles-based comedy group Good Neighbor.
- Natasha Rothwell, a performer with the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York.
- Streeter Seidell, CollegeHumor front page editor.
- Jeremy Beiler, writer on Inside Amy Schumer.
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate||Ratings/share|
|767||1||Chris Pratt||Ariana Grande||September 27, 2014||4.0/10|
Anna Faris appears during the opening monologue.
Writer Leslie Jones appears during Weekend Update and the "NFL Intros" sketch.After Weekend Update, an image of Don Pardo – SNL's nearly four decades long announcer, who died six weeks earlier – is shown in silence.
|768||2||Sarah Silverman||Maroon 5||October 4, 2014||3.9/10|
An image of Joan Rivers is shown in silence following the "Joan Rivers" sketch due to her passing a month earlier (September 4, 2014).Former cast member and current writer Mike O'Brien makes an appearance in the "Whites" commercial.
|769||3||Bill Hader||Hozier||October 11, 2014||3.8/10|
Hozier performs "Take Me to Church" and "Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene".
Harvey Fierstein appears during the opening monologue.Leslie Jones appears during the "39 Cents" commercial.
|770||4||Jim Carrey||Iggy Azalea||October 25, 2014||4.1/10|
Jeff Daniels appears in the "Carrey Family Reunion" sketch.Leslie Jones' first episode as a cast member.
|771||5||Chris Rock||Prince||November 1, 2014||4.9/10|
|Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL perform a medley including the songs "Clouds" (with Lianne La Havas), "Plectrumelectrum", "Marz" and "Anotherlove".|
|772||6||Woody Harrelson||Kendrick Lamar||November 15, 2014||4.1/10|
Uzo Aduba appears in the "The Dudleys" commercial.Edward Norton appears in the unaired "Tweet" sketch.
|773||7||Cameron Diaz||Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars||November 22, 2014||4.1/10|
|774||8||James Franco||Nicki Minaj||December 6, 2014||4.4/10|
Nicki Minaj performs "Bed of Lies" with Skylar Grey and a medley of "Only" and "All Things Go" and appears as Beyoncé in the "Jingle Ballerz Special" sketch, as Kim Kardashian on Weekend Update, and as herself in the "Brain Space" sketch.
Seth Rogen appears in the opening monologue and in the "Porn Stars With James Franco and Seth Rogen" sketch.Mike O'Brien appears in the pre-recorded "Grow a Guy" short film.
|775||9||Martin Freeman||Charli XCX||December 13, 2014||3.9/10|
|Charli XCX performs "Boom Clap" and "Break the Rules".|
|776||10||Amy Adams||One Direction||December 20, 2014||4.0/10|
|Fred Armisen appears on Weekend Update and in the "A Very Cuban Christmas" sketch.|
|777||11||Kevin Hart||Sia||January 17, 2015||4.1/10|
|Sia performs "Elastic Heart" with Maddie Ziegler and "Chandelier".|
|778||12||Blake Shelton||Blake Shelton||January 24, 2015||4.7/10|
|Blake Shelton performs "Neon Light" and "Boys 'Round Here".|
|779||13||J. K. Simmons||D'Angelo||January 31, 2015||4.3/10|
Fred Armisen appears in the opening monologue.Mike O'Brien and Jason Sudeikis appear in the pre-recorded "The Jay-Z Story" short film.
|780||14||Dakota Johnson||Alabama Shakes||February 28, 2015||3.8/9|
|Leonard Nimoy appears after the Star Trek-themed skit.|
|781||15||Chris Hemsworth||Zac Brown Band||March 7, 2015||4.0/10|
|Luke and Liam Hemsworth appear in the opening monologue.|
|782||16||Dwayne Johnson||George Ezra||March 28, 2015||3.7/9|
|George Ezra performs "Budapest" and "Blame It on Me".|
|783||17||Michael Keaton||Carly Rae Jepsen||April 4, 2015||3.7/9|
Mike O'Brien appears in a pre-recorded segment.Norman Reedus appears as Daryl Dixon on Weekend Update.
|784||18||Taraji P. Henson||Mumford & Sons||April 11, 2015||3.8/10|
Mumford & Sons performs "The Wolf" and "Believe".
Billy Crystal appears on Weekend Update.Numerous Muppets appear in a pre-recorded "Cookie Visits Sesame Street" sketch including Big Bird (Caroll Spinney), Elmo (Ryan Dillon), Cookie Monster (David Rudman), Count von Count (Matt Vogel), Mr. Snuffleupagus (Martin P. Robinson), Bert and Ernie (Eric Jacobson and Billy Barkhurst), Murray Monster (Joey Mazzarino), and Abby Cadabby (Leslie Carrara-Rudolph) with background appearances by the Two-Headed Monster, a Honker, and an Anything Muppet.
|785||19||Scarlett Johansson||Wiz Khalifa||May 2, 2015||3.4/9|
|Wiz Khalifa performs "See You Again" with Charlie Puth and "We Dem Boyz", and appears during the pre-recorded "Blazer" sketch.|
|786||20||Reese Witherspoon||Florence + the Machine||May 9, 2015||3.7/10|
|787||21||Louis C.K.||Rihanna||May 16, 2015||3.8/10|
|#||Special||Original air-date||U.S. viewers
|1||"SNL's NFL Saturday"||January 31, 2015||3.80|
A selection of past sketches related to the NFL were shown. Aired sketches included:
|2||"An SNL Valentine"||February 14, 2015|
Previous skits with a Valentine's Day theme are presented. Aired sketches included:
|3||"SNL 40th Red Carpet Live"||February 15, 2015|
|A special hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly and Al Roker. They interviewed past hosts, current and previous cast members, and musical legends that previously performed on the show.|
|4||"Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special"||February 15, 2015||23.1 (Live+SD); 26.5 (Live+3); 5.1 million (repeat))|
|A three and a half hour prime-time special celebrating SNL 's 40th year on the air. This special assembled together a large list of current and former cast members, hosts, and musical acts from throughout the show's forty seasons. This special became NBC's most-watched prime-time, non-sports, entertainment telecast since the ER season finale in 2004.|
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