Saturday Night Live (season 35)

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Saturday Night Live (season 35)
The title card for the thirty-fifth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 26, 2009 (2009-09-26) – May 15, 2010 (2010-05-15)
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The thirty-fifth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 26, 2009, and May 15, 2010.

A total of 22 episodes were broadcast during the show's eight-month-long season, which included a two-week break in February due to the 2010 Winter Olympics. The season was accompanied by three prime-time episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday and three prime-time SNL clip shows.

Prior to the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Darrell Hammond, the last cast member from the 1990s, left the show after a record 14 seasons in the cast.[1] Featured players Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson were both let go from the show before the start of the season.[2] To fill their absence the show brought in two new featured players, Nasim Pedrad of The Groundlings and stand-up comic Jenny Slate.[3] Abby Elliott and Bobby Moynihan continued as featured players.

A notable moment of the season was when an internet campaign was created to get actress Betty White to host an episode of the show. The campaign was started in early 2010 on Facebook and the group was called "Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!" The campaign was successful, and White became the oldest person ever to host the show. For White's episode, Lorne Michaels brought back former cast members Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon. The episode garnered the show's highest ratings in over a year. with a rating of 5.8 in the 18–49 rating, demographic and with 12.1 million viewers overall.[4]

This season would also be the last for longtime cast member Will Forte, who had been with the show since 2002.[5] This would also be the only season for featured player Jenny Slate, who was let go after the season ended.[6]

Cast[edit]

  • bold denotes Weekend Update anchor only

Writers[edit]

Second City theater performer Mike O'Brien joins the writing staff.[7] He would join the cast for the show's thirty-ninth season. Season 35 would prove to be the final season with Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone as a credited writer. He would make contributions to select Lonely Island sketches.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest Original air date Ratings/
Share
659 1 Megan Fox U2 September 26, 2009 4.6/11[8]
  • U2 performs "Breathe", "Moment of Surrender" and "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)".
  • Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate's first episode as cast members.
  • A new opening sequence which mentions SNL's 35 years on-air debuts with this episode.
  • During the "Biker Chick Chat" sketch, Jenny Slate accidentally says, "You stood up for yourself, and I fuckin' love you for that!" Most of the sketch before and after consisted of everyone saying "Friggin'," "frickin'" or "freakin'". Slate quickly holds her breath after realizing her mistake.
  • Brian Austin Green cameoed in the Transformers Digital Short.
660 2 Ryan Reynolds Lady Gaga October 3, 2009 4.7/12[9]
661 3 Drew Barrymore Regina Spektor October 10, 2009 4.6/11[10]
662 4 Gerard Butler Shakira October 17, 2009 4.8/11[12]
663 5 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift November 7, 2009 5.0/12[13]
664 6 January Jones The Black Eyed Peas November 14, 2009 4.7/12[14]
665 7 Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dave Matthews Band November 21, 2009 4.3/11[15]
666 8 Blake Lively Rihanna December 5, 2009 4.4/12[16]
  • Rihanna performs "Russian Roulette" and "Hard" and appears in the SNL Digital Short.
  • Young Jeezy performs with Rihanna for her second song.
  • On this episode's installment of Weekend Update, Abby Elliott appears as actress-singer Brittany Murphy, following a report about Murphy's alleged firing from a recent film. This portion of Update was cut from reruns in light of Murphy's death later that month.
667 9 Taylor Lautner Bon Jovi December 12, 2009 5.1/12[17]
668 10 James Franco Muse December 19, 2009 4.4/11[18]
669 11 Charles Barkley Alicia Keys January 9, 2010 4.4/19[19]
670 12 Sigourney Weaver The Ting Tings January 16, 2010 5.4/14[20]
671 13 Jon Hamm Michael Bublé January 30, 2010 5.0/12[21]
672 14 Ashton Kutcher Them Crooked Vultures February 6, 2010 5.3/13[22]
673 15 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez February 27, 2010 6.3/15[23]
674 16 Zach Galifianakis Vampire Weekend March 6, 2010 5.0/12[25]
675 17 Jude Law Pearl Jam March 13, 2010 4.5/11[26]
676 18 Tina Fey Justin Bieber April 10, 2010 5.7/14[28]
677 19 Ryan Phillippe Ke$ha April 17, 2010 5.2/13[29]
678 20 Gabourey Sidibe MGMT April 24, 2010 4.7/12[30]
679 21 Betty White Jay-Z May 8, 2010 8.8/21[33]
680 22 Alec Baldwin Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers May 15, 2010 5.8/14[35]
  • Will Forte[34] and Jenny Slate's final episode as cast members.
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs "I Should Have Known It" and "Jefferson Jericho Blues", two songs from their 2010 album Mojo. Petty appears in the SNL Digital Short.
  • Steve Martin made a cameo appearance in the opening monologue.

Specials[edit]

Title Original air date
"Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas" December 17, 2009

Holiday-themed sketches from past episodes are aired, including Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song", Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg's "Dick In A Box" Digital Short, Delicious Dish and many more.

Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin make guest appearances.

Kristen Wiig hosts as her character Gilly, with Will Forte, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan and Abby Elliott reprising their roles as the sketch's supporting characters.
"Saturday Night Live Presents: Sports All-Stars" January 31, 2010

Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis host the show as Pete Twinkle and Greg Stink, their recurring ESPN Classic sports announcer characters.

Sketches featuring appearances by professional athletes including: Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Charles Barkley and others are shown (most of which previously appeared in last year's SNL clip show special about sports-related sketches).
"Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again" April 15, 2010

The special featured insight on the show during the 2000s: topics discussed include Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey as the new Weekend Update anchors after the departure of Colin Quinn, how SNL became popular for its spoofs on the 2000 United States presidential election, how the show's humor survived the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax scare, Will Ferrell's departure at the end of season 27 and the search for a replacement cast member to play George W. Bush, SNL's shaky years between seasons 28 and 30 due to Jimmy Fallon's and Horatio Sanz's cracking up on camera, Jimmy Fallon's departure from the show, Amy Poehler teaming up with Tina Fey for Weekend Update, the hiring of Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, and Kristen Wiig, and SNL regaining its popularity with the Digital Shorts, its return from the WGA strike of 2007–2008, the introduction of new fan-favorite hosts like Justin Timberlake and Jon Hamm, and the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.

Fred Armisen, Alec Baldwin, Rachel Dratch, Abby Elliott, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Marci Klein, John McCain, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Horatio Sanz, Akiva Schaffer, Molly Shannon, Michael Shoemaker, Jason Sudeikis, Jorma Taccone, Kenan Thompson, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Walken and Kristen Wiig provided comments for the special.

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday[edit]

The second season of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, a limited-run series based on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" sketch, has aired in conjunction with this season. The show is hosted by Seth Meyers, Update's current host, and former Update co-host Amy Poehler. Like the sketch, the show is a parody of local news broadcasts and satirizes contemporary news stories and figures. As of June 2010, three episodes have aired. An additional three episodes were scheduled to air in spring 2010, but were scrapped.[36]

Episode number Original airdate Notes
Episode 1 September 17, 2009
Episode 2 September 24, 2009
Episode 3 October 1, 2009

MacGruber film[edit]

The first SNL film since 2000's The Ladies Man, MacGruber was released on May 21, 2010. The film, starring SNL cast members Will Forte and Kristen Wiig and former cast member Maya Rudolph, is based on the "MacGruber" sketches from the show. It received mixed reviews from critics and, in spite of a wide initial release, was a box office bomb. After a two-week opening commitment during which it was shown in 2,546 theaters, it was dropped from all but 177 theaters starting in its third week, a drop exceeded since 1982 only by Meet Dave and The Rocker.[37]

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