Saturday Night Live (season 37)

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Saturday Night Live (season 37)
The title card for the thirty-seventh season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 24, 2011 (2011-09-24) – May 19, 2012 (2012-05-19)
Season chronology
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Season 38
List of Saturday Night Live episodes

The thirty-seventh season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 24, 2011, and May 19, 2012.

Cast[edit]

The season began with minimal changes to the cast, as everyone from the prior year returned. The only major change that occurred was Nasim Pedrad being upgraded from being a featured player to repertory status.[1]

Kate McKinnon (previously a cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show) joined the cast mid-season, as a featured player for the last five episodes of the season, making her debut on April 7, 2012. McKinnon's addition was announced March 28, 2012.[2] McKinnon is SNL's first openly-gay cast member hired since Terry Sweeney in 1985,[3] and the show's first openly gay female cast member (Danitra Vance from the 1985–86 season was SNL's first lesbian cast member but Vance's sexuality was not public knowledge until her death in 1994).[4]

This would be the final season for Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, both cast members since 2005.[5][6] As well, Abby Elliott, who had been a cast member since 2008, would be let go from the show after four seasons.[7] Second year featured player Paul Brittain also exited abruptly halfway through the season, making his final appearance on January 14, 2012.[8]

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers[edit]

This season saw several new writers. CollegeHumor writer Sarah Schneider was added to the writing staff, after serving as a guest writer for the last five episodes of season 36.[10] Also added were Chris Kelly, who previously wrote for Funny or Die and The Onion News Network; Zach Kanin, who worked on the Harvard Lampoon; and Peter Schultz, a performer from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.[11][12]

The season saw the deaths of three former SNL writers. Nelson Lyon died at the age of 73 due to liver cancer; Lyon wrote for the show during its seventh season.[13] Mark O'Donnell, who also wrote during the show's seventh season, died of a heart attack at the age of 58 outside his apartment in New York.[14] Most notably, Tom Davis died after a three-year battle with throat and neck cancer; Davis was one of the original SNL writers and appeared in multiple sketches over the years.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date Ratings/
Share
703 1 Alec Baldwin Radiohead September 24, 2011 5.0/13
704 2 Melissa McCarthy Lady Antebellum October 1, 2011 5.2/13
705 3 Ben Stiller Foster the People October 8, 2011 4.8/12
706 4 Anna Faris Drake October 15, 2011 4.8/12
707 5 Charlie Day Maroon 5 November 5, 2011 4.9/11
708 6 Emma Stone Coldplay November 12, 2011 4.5/11
709 7 Jason Segel Florence + The Machine November 19, 2011 4.6/11
710 8 Steve Buscemi The Black Keys December 3, 2011 4.8/11
711 9 Katy Perry Robyn December 10, 2011 4.8/11
712 10 Jimmy Fallon Michael Bublé December 17, 2011 5.3/13
713 11 Charles Barkley Kelly Clarkson January 7, 2012 7.4/18
714 12 Daniel Radcliffe Lana Del Rey January 14, 2012 5.2/12
715 13 Channing Tatum Bon Iver February 4, 2012 4.7/11
716 14 Zooey Deschanel Karmin February 11, 2012 5.0/12
717 15 Maya Rudolph Sleigh Bells February 18, 2012 4.9/12
718 16 Lindsay Lohan Jack White March 3, 2012 5.5/14
719 17 Jonah Hill The Shins March 10, 2012 4.3/11
720 18 Sofía Vergara One Direction April 7, 2012 5.0/16[32]
721 19 Josh Brolin Gotye April 14, 2012 4.6/11[33]
722 20 Eli Manning Rihanna May 5, 2012 5.2/13[34]
723 21 Will Ferrell Usher May 12, 2012 5.1/13
724 22 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger
(with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck)
May 19, 2012 5.2/13

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Frucci, Adam (September 20, 2011). "SNL Rounds Out Its New Season Hires with Writers Zach Kanin and Peter Schultz". Splitsider. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
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  22. ^ Mapes, Jillian (November 14, 2011). "Coldplay on 'SNL': Crying to Adele, Chris Martin Rocks a Holiday Vest". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  23. ^ Mapes, Jillian (November 21, 2011). "Florence + the Machine Rocks 'SNL' With New Jack Swing Thanksgiving Song". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
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