Saturday Night Live (season 7)
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|Saturday Night Live Season 7|
The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 7th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original run||October 3, 1981 – May 22, 1982|
|List of Saturday Night Live episodes|
Saturday Night Live aired its seventh season during the 1981–1982 television season on NBC. The seventh season started on October 3, 1981 and ended on May 22, 1982. A total of 20 episodes were broadcast.
Following the dismissal of producer Jean Doumanian and most of her cast members (repertory players Gilbert Gottfried, Ann Risley, and Charles Rocket and feature players Yvonne Hudson, Patrick Weathers, and Matthew Laurance), the show was shut down due to the commencement of the 1981 WGA strike.
Dick Ebersol, the program's developer, was hired as Doumanian's replacement. The new cast of Saturday Night Live for this season were the same ones from the episode Ebersol produced on the April 11, 1981 episode: Robin Duke, Tim Kazurinsky and Tony Rosato along with the Doumanian era's sole survivors Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. Denny Dillon and Gail Matthius were fired following the April 1981 episode while Laurie Metcalf and unseen castmember Emily Prager weren't asked back to be cast members on the show.
Wanting to distance the show from its first five seasons, Ebersol cut the popular opening line Live from New York, It's Saturday Night! from the cold openings. In fact, sometimes cold openings weren't even shown and the monologues were skipped over almost entirely. These changes were not permanent, as Ebersol decided to reverse them for the eighth season.
Another thing he changed was Weekend Update. The segment went through its first name change and became "SNL Newsbreak". At the newsdesk was feature player Brian Doyle-Murray with Mary Gross and Christine Ebersole alternating as co-anchor. Doyle-Murray also became the first Weekend Update anchor of the show to be a featured player while serving as anchor. The only other anchors to do this were Tina Fey and Colin Jost.
Additionally, this was the only season without announcer Don Pardo. Instead the voice-overs were done by Mel Brandt, except for two episodes that aired in December 1981 where veteran NBC News announcer Bill Hanrahan handled such duties.
This was also the final season for Doyle-Murray, Ebersole and Rosato. All were let go to make room for new cast members in the following season.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|120||1||(none)||Rod Stewart||October 3, 1981|
|Christine Ebersole and Mary Gross's first episode as cast members. Brian Doyle-Murray rejoins the cast after a one year hiatus. A short film made by Yoko Ono is presented. Guest appearance by juggler Michael Davis. Rod Stewart performs Hot Legs with Tina Turner.|
|121||2||Susan Saint James||The Kinks||October 10, 1981|
|Susan Saint James delivers a monologue. Eddie Murphy debuts his Buckwheat character. The episode features a film by Andy Aaron called Push Button to Explode Building with Tom Davis and Emily Prager. It also features Sadat, a film by John Fox. Brian McConnachie plays the title character in another film, Let's See What's Bothering Bob.|
|122||3||George Kennedy||Miles Davis||October 17, 1981|
|Harry Anderson does a stand up and magic routine in this episode. Regis Philbin and Ron Howard appear in the cold open as contestants. John Candy appears as Juan Gavino during the SNL Newsbreak segment.|
|123||4||Donald Pleasence||Fear||October 31, 1981|
|In the cold opening, Eddie Murphy suggests to Donald Pleasence to vomit for luck. As Eddie leaves the bathroom, John Belushi appears from the other stall, stares into the camera, and says nothing. Fear performs "I Don’t Care About You," "Beef Bologna," "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones," and "Let's Have a War." Guest appearance by juggler Michael Davis. Neil Levy plays the corpse in the "I'm So Miserable" sketch.|
|124||5||Lauren Hutton||Rick James||November 7, 1981|
|Beat-generation writer William S. Burroughs makes a guest appearance, performing spoken word.|
|125||6||Bernadette Peters||The Go-Go's
|November 14, 1981|
|Bernadette Peters opens with a parody of a US Army hygiene film as Betty Boop in Johnny Keep Your Gun Clean. Peters also performs a song filled with masturbation innuendo called "Making Love Alone." Joel performs live from a Manhattan recording studio.|
|126||7||Tim Curry||Meat Loaf||December 5, 1981|
|Frank Nelson cameos in the "Mick!" variety special sketch. The Rocky Horror Picture Show co-stars Curry and Meat Loaf appear in a parody sketch where they sell chintzy "Rocky Horror"-related merchandise.|
|127||8||Bill Murray||The Spinners
|December 12, 1981|
|Bill Murray delivers a short monologue about Santa and introduces "Saint Nick." Guest appearances by Father Guido Sarducci and juggler Michael Davis.|
|128||9||Robert Conrad||The Allman Brothers Band||January 23, 1982|
|129||10||John Madden||Jennifer Holliday||January 30, 1982|
|Andy Kaufman makes a special guest appearance as Elvis Presley.|
|130||11||James Coburn||Lindsey Buckingham||February 6, 1982|
|Guest appearance by Marc Weiner.|
|131||12||Bruce Dern||Luther Vandross||February 20, 1982|
|132||13||Elizabeth Ashley||Hall & Oates||February 27, 1982|
|Harry Anderson performs a stand up and magic routine.|
|133||14||Robert Urich||Mink DeVille||March 20, 1982|
|Brian Doyle-Murray gives tribute to John Belushi, who died two weeks before this show aired, at the episode's conclusion.|
|134||15||Blythe Danner||Rickie Lee Jones||March 27, 1982|
|Guest appearance by juggler Michael Davis.|
|135||16||Daniel J. Travanti||John Cougar Mellencamp||April 10, 1982|
|Travanti's Hill Street Blues co-star Bruce Weitz appears in a Hill Street parody.|
|136||17||Johnny Cash||Elton John||April 17, 1982|
|Elton John performs "Empty Garden" and "Ball & Chain."|
|137||18||Robert Culp||The Charlie Daniels Band||April 24, 1982|
|138||19||Danny DeVito||Sparks||May 15, 1982|
|During his monologue, DeVito brings his castmates from Taxi for a farewell bow after ABC canceled the show (NBC later picked up the sitcom). DeVito appears in a film where he blew up the ABC corporate headquarters. Andy Kaufman also appears later to apologize for wrestling women. Sparks performs "I Predict" and "Mickey Mouse" - the latter with an introductory monologue by Ron Mael - from its album Angst in My Pants.|
|139||20||Olivia Newton-John||Olivia Newton-John||May 22, 1982|
|Brian Doyle-Murray, Tony Rosato and Christine Ebersole's final episode as cast members. Guest Graham Chapman appears in several sketches and in the SNL NewsBreak with a humorous promotion for the new movie The Secret Policeman's Other Ball. Guest appearance by juggler Michael Davis.|