Saturday Night Live (season 7)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 7)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||October 3, 1981– May 22, 1982|
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 because of the 1981 Writers Guild of America 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 for April 11, 1981: 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 cast member Emily Prager were not asked back as cast members.
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 were not 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. The beginning of each episode was marked by the announcer saying "And now from New York, the most dangerous city in America, it's Saturday Night Live!".
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 to be a featured player while serving as anchor. The only other anchors to do this were Tina Fey, Colin Jost and Michael Che.
Additionally, this was the first season without Don Pardo (season 40 would become the next due to Don Pardo's death in 2014) as the show announcer. Instead the voice-overs were done by Mel Brandt, except for two episodes that aired in December 1981 when 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
This season's writers were Barry W. Blaustein, Joe Bodolai, Brian Doyle-Murray, Nate Herman, Tim Kazurinsky, Nelson Lyon, Maryilyn Suzanne Miller, Pamela Norris, Mark O'Donnell, Michael O'Donoghue, Margaret Olberman, Tony Rosato, David Sheffield, Rosie Shuster, Andrew Smith, Terry Southern, Bob Tischler and Eliot Wald. The head writers were Michael O'Donoghue (episodes 1-8) and Bob Tischler (episodes 9-20).
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|120||1||(none)||Rod Stewart||October 3, 1981|
Brian Doyle-Murray rejoins the cast after a one-year hiatus.
Mel Brandt's first episode as announcer.
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|
This episode 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.John Candy appears as Juan Gavino during the SNL Newsbreak segment.
|123||4||Donald Pleasence||Fear||October 31, 1981|
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|
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.Bill Hanrahan fills in for Mel Brandt as announcer.
|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.Bill Hanrahan fills in for Mel Brandt as announcer.
|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|
DeVito appears in a film where he blew up the ABC corporate headquarters.
Andy Kaufman appears 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|
Mel Brandt's last episode as announcer.Guest appearance by juggler Michael Davis.