Saturday Night Live (season 32)

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Saturday Night Live (season 32)
The title card for the thirty-second season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2006 (2006-09-30) –
May 19, 2007 (2007-05-19)
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The thirty-second season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 30, 2006, and May 19, 2007.


As in the previous season, The Lonely Island created another popular SNL Digital Short that aired around Christmas time; this time, it was the risqué, R&B video spoof "Dick in a Box" (featuring host Justin Timberlake). The short won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics.[1][2]


Before the start of the season, the show suffered massive budget cuts. Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were all fired from the show. This was the second time Parnell had been fired from the show due to budget cuts, the first being after the 2000–01 season ended. In addition, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey left the show on their own terms to begin to work on 30 Rock.[3]

Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, and Kristen Wiig were all promoted to repertory status. Due to the budget cuts, this was the first time since the 1997–98 season that the show did not have any featured players or hire any new cast members (the budgets cuts also explains why the previous season only had 19 episodes instead of the usual 20).[3] These changes also resulted in the smallest cast in recent memory, comprising just 11 people.[4]

With Fey's departure, Seth Meyers became Amy Poehler's co-anchor on Weekend Update.[5] Don Roy King was hired as director, replacing Beth McCarthy-Miller.[3]

A new logo was introduced this season. It is based on the logo seen during Dick Ebersol's tenure as showrunner between 1981 and 1985, but with a modern typeface. This logo would remain in use until the show's fortieth season.

Cast roster[edit]

Repertory cast members[edit]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor


No. in
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
6051Dane CookThe KillersSeptember 30, 2006 (2006-09-30)

6062Jaime PresslyCorinne Bailey RaeOctober 7, 2006 (2006-10-07)

6073John C. ReillyMy Chemical RomanceOctober 21, 2006 (2006-10-21)

6084Hugh LaurieBeckOctober 28, 2006 (2006-10-28)

6095Alec BaldwinChristina AguileraNovember 11, 2006 (2006-11-11)

6106LudacrisLudacrisNovember 18, 2006 (2006-11-18)

6117Matthew FoxTenacious DDecember 2, 2006 (2006-12-02)

  • Tenacious D performs "Kickapoo" and "The Metal", with JR Reed appearing during the latter performance.
6128Annette BeningGwen Stefani and AkonDecember 9, 2006 (2006-12-09)

6139Justin TimberlakeJustin TimberlakeDecember 16, 2006 (2006-12-16)

61410Jake GyllenhaalThe ShinsJanuary 13, 2007 (2007-01-13)

61511Jeremy PivenAFIJanuary 20, 2007 (2007-01-20)

  • AFI performs "Love Like Winter" and "Miss Murder".
  • Common appears in the "Blizzard Man" sketch.
  • A picture of Michael DiBari, a cameraman on the show who died of cancer earlier in the week was shown before the goodnights.
61612Drew BarrymoreLily AllenFebruary 3, 2007 (2007-02-03)

61713Forest WhitakerKeith UrbanFebruary 10, 2007 (2007-02-10)

61814Rainn WilsonArcade FireFebruary 24, 2007 (2007-02-24)

61915Julia Louis-DreyfusSnow PatrolMarch 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)

62016Peyton ManningCarrie UnderwoodMarch 24, 2007 (2007-03-24)

  • Carrie Underwood performs "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted".
  • Archie Manning, Eli Manning, and Olivia Manning, Manning's father, brother, and mother, respectively, appear in the opening monologue. Additionally, Eli and Cooper Manning, Manning's other brother, appear during the goodnights, wheeling out a cake to celebrate the fact that Peyton Manning was hosting the show on his thirty-first birthday.
  • Dan Aykroyd appears on Weekend Update.
62117Shia LaBeoufAvril LavigneApril 14, 2007 (2007-04-14)

62218Scarlett JohanssonBjörkApril 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)

62319Molly ShannonLinkin ParkMay 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)

62420Zach BraffMaroon 5May 19, 2007 (2007-05-19)


TitleOriginal air date
"The Best of Darrell Hammond"November 4, 2006 (2006-11-04)

This is the first (and only) time that a "Best Of" special was made while the cast member in question was still in the cast at the time.

Sketches include "Hardball," "Celebrity Jeopardy," "Meet The Press," "First Presidential Debate," "CBS Evening Anthrax Update," "Californians for Schwarzenegger," "Jesse Jackson," "Bill Kurtis Looping Session," "The O'Reilly Factor," "NBC Special Report," "Geraldo," "Guiliani's Press Conference," "Jimmy Carter in Cuba," "Ashcroft's Press Conference," "Celebration of Women Week," and "White House Friends".
"SNL in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation"May 6, 2007 (2007-05-06)
Topics discussed include: Lorne Michaels preventing another Jean Doumanian-esque era by keeping his cast and repopulating the show with featured players (instead of letting the entire cast go and hiring new people), sketches centered on the 1992 U.S. Presidential election, how Wayne's World became popular on and off the show, SNL's raunchy turn with the hiring of Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Chris Farley, the departure of Phil Hartman, season 20 as yet another series low point, cast feuds, Lorne Michaels overhauling his show once again with new cast members and writers, how the female cast members gained prominence in a male-oriented show, SNL gaining popularity for its sketches on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and the upcoming U.S. election for the year 2000, and the famous "Blue Oyster Cult/More Cowbell" sketch from the season 25 Christopher Walken episode. Alec Baldwin, Dana Carvey, Tom Davis, James Downey, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Al Franken, Ana Gasteyer, John Goodman, Tim Herlihy, Chris Kattan, David Koechner, Norm Macdonald, Tim Meadows, Adam McKay, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Don Ohlmeyer, Cheri Oteri, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Robert Smigel, David Spade, Julia Sweeney gave insight in the special.
"The Best of 2006-2007"May 5, 2007 (2007-05-05)
This special aired as a compilation of some of the season's most memorable sketches. Because it aired before the season ended, no sketches from subsequent episodes hosted by Zach Braff and Molly Shannon were included in the special.


  1. ^ ""Dick in a Box" is an Emmy Award Winner!". Paper. September 11, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Faber, Judy (July 19, 2007). "Timberlake Emmy Nod For Raunchy TV Song". CBS News. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Carter, Bill (September 21, 2006). "Bowing to Budget Cuts at NBC, 'Saturday Night Live' Pares Five Performers". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' Cuts Castmembers". September 20, 2006. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Levin, Gary (September 29, 2006). "'SNL' will update its Weekend Update". USA Today. Retrieved April 19, 2015.