Saturday Night Live (season 13)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 13)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||October 17, 1987– February 27, 1988|
Minimal changes occurred before the beginning of the season. Kevin Nealon was promoted to repertory status.
Although the changes to the cast were minimal there were, however, major events that impeded the show's production. During production of the season premiere, a fire broke out near Studio 8H during dress rehearsal.
On March 7, 1988, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, cancelling many planned episodes (and ultimately cutting the season short), including one originally planned to be hosted by original cast member Gilda Radner. (Radner would never get the chance to host due to her death from ovarian cancer the following year.) The host for the March 12, 1988 broadcast (the first episode to be cancelled due to the strike of 1988) was never confirmed.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
The writers for this season included A. Whitney Brown, Tom Davis, Greg Daniels, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Jack Handey, Phil Hartman, George Meyer, Lorne Michaels, Conan O'Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Herb Sargent, David Borowitz, Rosie Shuster, Robert Smigel, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner and Christine Zander. The head writer, like the previous season, was Jim Downey.
|Host||Musical guest(s)||Original air date|
|234||1||Steve Martin||Sting||October 17, 1987|
|235||2||Sean Penn||LL Cool J & Michael Penn||October 24, 1987|
|236||3||Dabney Coleman||The Cars||October 31, 1987|
|237||4||Robert Mitchum||Simply Red||November 14, 1987|
|238||5||Candice Bergen||Cher||November 21, 1987|
|239||6||Danny DeVito||Bryan Ferry||December 5, 1987|
|240||7||Angie Dickinson||Buster Poindexter
|December 12, 1987|
|241||8||Paul Simon||Linda Ronstadt||December 19, 1987|
|242||9||Robin Williams||James Taylor||January 23, 1988|
|243||10||Carl Weathers||Robbie Robertson||January 30, 1988|
|244||11||Justine Bateman||Terence Trent D'Arby||February 13, 1988|
|245||12||Tom Hanks||Randy Travis||February 20, 1988|
|246||13||Judge Reinhold||10,000 Maniacs||February 27, 1988|
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