Saturday Night Live (season 37)
|Saturday Night Live (season 37)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||September 24, 2011– May 19, 2012|
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.
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. McKinnon is SNL's first openly-gay cast member hired since Terry Sweeney in 1985, 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).
This would be the final season for Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, both cast members since 2005. As well, Abby Elliott, who had been a cast member since 2008, would be let go from the show after four seasons. Second year featured player Paul Brittain also exited abruptly halfway through the season, making his final appearance on January 14, 2012.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
|Host||Musical guest(s)||Original air date||Ratings/
|703||1||Alec Baldwin||Radiohead||September 24, 2011||5.0/13|
|Clive Deamer plays drums and percussion for both of Radiohead's performances.|
|704||2||Melissa McCarthy||Lady Antebellum||October 1, 2011||5.2/13|
|Lady Antebellum performs "We Owned the Night" and "Just a Kiss".|
|705||3||Ben Stiller||Foster the People||October 8, 2011||4.8/12|
|Mike O'Brien appears as Max Weinberg during the "Bruce Springsteen: Just the Stories" sketch.|
|706||4||Anna Faris||Drake||October 15, 2011||4.8/12|
|Nicki Minaj joins Drake for his second performance.|
|707||5||Charlie Day||Maroon 5||November 5, 2011||4.9/11|
|It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Danny DeVito appears in the opening monologue.|
|708||6||Emma Stone||Coldplay||November 12, 2011||4.5/11|
Andrew Garfield appears in the opening monologue.The song Ta Douleur by Camille is played during the Les jeunes de Paris sketch.
|709||7||Jason Segel||Florence + The Machine||November 19, 2011||4.6/11|
The Muppets - Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire), Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson), Rowlf the Dog (Bill Barretta), Fozzie Bear (Jacobson), Gonzo the Great (Dave Goelz), Scooter (David Rudman), Camilla the Chicken (Matt Vogel) and Statler and Waldorf (Whitmire and Goelz respectively) appear in the opening monologue. Additionally, Kermit the Frog appears in a Weekend Update segment, and Rowlf and Gonzo appear in the "Massachusetts Afternoon" sketch.
Paul Rudd appears in the "Vogelchecks' Thanksgiving" sketch and the "Massachusetts Afternoon" sketch.
James Franco is shown in a family photo at the end of the "Vogelchecks' Thanksgiving" sketch, reprising his role as a member of the Vogelcheck family.
Former Utah Governor (and candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential primary) Jon Huntsman appears on Weekend Update.Olivia Wilde appears in the SNL Digital Short.
|710||8||Steve Buscemi||The Black Keys||December 3, 2011||4.8/11|
|Maya Rudolph appears as Whitney Houston in "The Miley Cyrus Show" sketch.|
|711||9||Katy Perry||Robyn||December 10, 2011||4.8/11|
|Alec Baldwin appears on Weekend Update.|
|712||10||Jimmy Fallon||Michael Bublé||December 17, 2011||5.3/13|
Michael Bublé performs "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Additionally, Bublé appears in the opening monologue and in the "Michael Bublé's Christmas Duets" sketch.
Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan make cameo appearances to reprise "Christmas is Number One" with host Jimmy Fallon. Additionally, Sanz and Kattan appear in the "Beethoven's 9th Symphony" sketch.Will Arnett cameos during the goodnights.
|713||11||Charles Barkley||Kelly Clarkson||January 7, 2012||7.4/18|
|Lions at Saints football game.|
|714||12||Daniel Radcliffe||Lana Del Rey||January 14, 2012||5.2/12|
|Paul Brittain's final episode as a cast member.|
|715||13||Channing Tatum||Bon Iver||February 4, 2012||4.7/11|
|Bon Iver performs "Holocene" and "Beth/Rest".|
|716||14||Zooey Deschanel||Karmin||February 11, 2012||5.0/12|
Jean Dujardin appears in the Les jeunes de Paris sketch.Molly Shannon from a Mary Katherine Gallagher sketch was shown.
|717||15||Maya Rudolph||Sleigh Bells||February 18, 2012||4.9/12|
Paul Simon appears in the opening monologue.Bill O'Reilly and Kate Upton appear during "What Up with That".
|718||16||Lindsay Lohan||Jack White||March 3, 2012||5.5/14|
Ruby Amanfu performs backing vocals during White's first performance.Mike O'Brien appears during the cold-open as one of Mitt Romney's sons.
|719||17||Jonah Hill||The Shins||March 10, 2012||4.3/11|
Tom Hanks appears in the opening monologue.John McEnroe appears in the SNL Digital Short.
|720||18||Sofía Vergara||One Direction||April 7, 2012||5.0/16|
|Kate McKinnon's first episode as a cast member.|
|721||19||Josh Brolin||Gotye||April 14, 2012||4.6/11|
|Kimbra joins Gotye on his first performance.|
|722||20||Eli Manning||Rihanna||May 5, 2012||5.2/13|
|Beastie Boys performing "Sure Shot" from season 20 is shown after Weekend Update; and featured group Adam Yauch, who died the previous day.|
|723||21||Will Ferrell||Usher||May 12, 2012||5.1/13|
Ferrell's mother, Betty Kay Ferrell, appears in the opening monologue.
Will Forte appears in the "ESPN Classic" sketch and the "25th Anniversary Celebration" sketch, reprising his roles as Greg Stink and Hamilton respectively.Liam Neeson appears on Weekend Update with Andy Samberg as Nicolas Cage.
|724||22||Mick Jagger||Mick Jagger
(with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck)
|May 19, 2012||5.2/13|
Mick Jagger performs "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire (The Strokes' bassist Nikolai Fraiture also appears with the group), a medley of "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" with Foo Fighters, and "Tea Party", an original blues tune with Jeff Beck and the SNL Band.
Steve Martin appears in "The Californians" sketch.Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, Will Forte, and Lorne Michaels appear during the goodnights.
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