Saturday Night Live (season 2)
|Saturday Night Live (season 2)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||September 18, 1976– May 21, 1977|
The season included a Live from Mardi Gras Special.
This season of what began as NBC's Saturday Night saw the departure of Chevy Chase after the October 30th episode hosted by Buck Henry. Jane Curtin took over as Weekend Update anchor following Chase's departure. On the January 15, 1977 episode, Bill Murray joined the Not Ready for Prime-Time Players, filling the void left by Chase's departure. Jim Downey joined the writing staff. This season was the last to feature The Muppets.
Following the cancellation of ABC's Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, NBC changed the name of the show from NBC's Saturday Night to its current title, Saturday Night Live in the episode hosted by Jack Burns in 1977.
This season was the last to feature The Muppets in The Land of Gorch, who had appeared in segments that were unpopular with fans and the SNL writers. Jim Henson was reportedly displeased with the amount of creative control he had over the scripts. Jerry Juhl called Henson "very frustrated" with his input into the scripts, and stated that the SNL writers "didn't have any real handle" on Henson's concept. "Jim would come in with ideas, and sit with them, and give them wonderful ideas, and they wouldn’t know how to fly with them," Juhl recalled. In a 1977 interview with Playboy, head writer/performer Michael O'Donoghue referred to the Muppets as "fucking Muppets…little hairy facecloths" that were made from the refuse after they cleaned up after Woodstock. He also refused to write for them, saying "I don’t write for felt". O'Donoghue also had a lynched Big Bird hanging in the writer's office.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
Jim Downey joined the writing staff.
This season's writers included Dan Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Al Franken, Bruce McCall, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel. The head writer was Michael O'Donoghue.
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|Host||Musical guest(s)||Original air date|
|25||1||Lily Tomlin||James Taylor||September 18, 1976|
|26||2||Norman Lear||Boz Scaggs||September 25, 1976|
|27||3||Eric Idle||Joe Cocker & Stuff||October 2, 1976|
|28||4||Karen Black||John Prine||October 16, 1976|
|29||5||Steve Martin||Kinky Friedman||October 23, 1976|
|30||6||Buck Henry||The Band||October 30, 1976|
|31||7||Dick Cavett||Ry Cooder||November 13, 1976|
|32||8||Paul Simon||Paul Simon & George Harrison||November 20, 1976|
|33||9||Jodie Foster||Brian Wilson||November 27, 1976|
|34||10||Candice Bergen||Frank Zappa with Don Pardo as "The Slime"||December 11, 1976|
|35||11||Ralph Nader||George Benson||January 15, 1977|
|36||12||Ruth Gordon||Chuck Berry||January 22, 1977|
|37||13||Fran Tarkenton||Leo Sayer
|January 29, 1977|
|38||14||Steve Martin||The Kinks||February 26, 1977|
|39||15||Sissy Spacek||Richard Baskin||March 12, 1977|
|40||16||Broderick Crawford||Levon Helm
|March 19, 1977|
|41||17||Jack Burns||Santana||March 26, 1977|
|42||18||Julian Bond||Tom Waits
|April 9, 1977|
|43||19||Elliott Gould||McGarrigle Sisters
|April 16, 1977|
|44||20||Eric Idle||Alan Price
|April 23, 1977|
|45||21||Shelley Duvall||Joan Armatrading||May 14, 1977|
|46||22||Buck Henry||Jennifer Warnes
|May 21, 1977|
|Title||Original air date|
|"Live from Mardi Gras"||February 20, 1977|
|The cast and crew participate in the annual Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans. Jane Curtin and Buck Henry try to provide commentary on the parade. Eric Idle, Penny Marshall and Henry Winkler cameo in the special. Randy Newman performed "Louisiana 1927", "Marie", "Kingfish", and "Sail Away".|
The Mardi Gras Special and all 22 episodes were released on a DVD set on December 4, 2007.
- Jones, Brian (September 29, 2013). "Escape from "Saturday Night Live," birth of "The Muppet Show"". Salon. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
- "Three Muppet Conflicts & How They Were Resolved". Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- Itzkoff, Dave (March 3, 2008). "'SNL' Writer Narrows the Gap Between Politics and Farce". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
Mr. Downey joined "SNL" in its second season, alongside another new hire, Bill Murray. Mr. Downey left in 1980, going on to become head writer for "Late Night With David Letterman" before returning in 1984.
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