Saturday Night Live (season 38)

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Saturday Night Live (season 38)
The title card for the thirty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 15, 2012 (2012-09-15) – May 18, 2013 (2013-05-18)
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The thirty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between September 15, 2012 and May 18, 2013.

Also airing this season were two election-themed episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, which aired on September 20, 2012 and September 27, 2012.[1] Two months before the season premiere, original writer and occasional featured player Tom Davis died after a two-year battle with throat and neck cancer.[2]

Cast[edit]

Prior the start of the season, many cast changes occurred. Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, both cast members since 2005, decided not to return following the end of the previous season.[3][4] As well, before the start of the season, Abby Elliott, who had been a cast member since 2008, was let go after four seasons on the show.[5] Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharoah were upgraded to repertory status.

To fill the void, the show hired three new cast members – Chicago improvisers Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong – as the replacements. According to the official press release, "Bryant trained at the iO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre and she was also part of the ensemble that performed on the Second City E.T.C Stage. Robinson also trained at the Second City, he performed on their Mainstage and was also part of their National Touring Company. Like Robinson, Strong had also performed as part of the National Touring Company and trained at the iO Theater".[6]

Longtime cast member Bill Hader, on the show since 2005, announced on May 14, 2013 that this season would be his last.[7] In addition to Hader, this would also be the final season for Fred Armisen, who had been with the show since 2002,[8] and for Jason Sudeikis, who had been a cast member since 2005, as well as previously writing for the show since 2003.[9] This would also be the only season for featured player Tim Robinson, who would leave his spot in the cast to instead join the writing staff the following season.

bold denotes Weekend Update anchor

Writers[edit]

Seth Meyers and Colin Jost are the season's co-head writers. Prior to the start of the season, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater performers Josh Patten and Neil Casey joined the writing staff.[10] [11]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date Ratings/
Share
725 1 Seth MacFarlane Frank Ocean September 15, 2012 (2012-09-15) 4.8/12[13]
726 2 Joseph Gordon-Levitt Mumford & Sons September 22, 2012 (2012-09-22) 5.0/12[14]
727 3 Daniel Craig Muse October 6, 2012 (2012-10-06) 4.5/11[15]
728 4 Christina Applegate Passion Pit October 13, 2012 (2012-10-13) 4.6/11[16]
729 5 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars October 20, 2012 (2012-10-20) 5.4/14[17]
730 6 Louis C.K. fun. November 3, 2012 (2012-11-03) 5.0/12[18]
731 7 Anne Hathaway Rihanna November 10, 2012 (2012-11-10) 5.0/12[19]
732 8 Jeremy Renner Maroon 5 November 17, 2012 (2012-11-17) 5.1/12[20]
733 9 Jamie Foxx Ne-Yo December 8, 2012 (2012-12-08) 4.6/11[21]
734 10 Martin Short Paul McCartney December 15, 2012 (2012-12-15) 5.1/12[22]
735 11 Jennifer Lawrence The Lumineers January 19, 2013 (2013-01-19) 4.9/12[23]
736 12 Adam Levine Kendrick Lamar January 26, 2013 (2013-01-26) 5.0/12[24]
737 13 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber February 9, 2013 (2013-02-09) 4.9/12[25]
738 14 Christoph Waltz Alabama Shakes February 16, 2013 (2013-02-16) 4.6/12[26]
739 15 Kevin Hart Macklemore and Ryan Lewis March 2, 2013 (2013-03-02) 4.8/12[27]
740 16 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake March 9, 2013 (2013-03-09) 5.9/15[29]
741 17 Melissa McCarthy Phoenix April 6, 2013 (2013-04-06) 4.8/12[30]
742 18 Vince Vaughn Miguel April 13, 2013 (2013-04-13) 4.6/12[31]
  • Miguel performs "Adorn" and "How Many Drinks?".
  • Steve Jones appears in the pre-recorded "History of Punk" sketch.
743 19 Zach Galifianakis Of Monsters and Men May 4, 2013 (2013-05-04) 4.4/11[32]
744 20 Kristen Wiig Vampire Weekend May 11, 2013 (2013-05-11) 4.6/12[33]
745 21 Ben Affleck Kanye West May 18, 2013 (2013-05-18) 4.7/12[34]

Specials[edit]

Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
"Saturday Night Live Christmas" November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28) 7.36[35]
A collection of memorable holiday-themed sketches from past and present eras. Sketches include: "Santa's My Boyfriend", Jimmy Fallon's Christmas song monologue, "Turner Classic Movies presents: This, You Call a Wonderful Life", "The Mark Jensen Family Christmas Special", Garrett Morris' performance of "Winter Wonderland," "Glengarry Glen Santa's Workshop," "Steve Martin's Holiday Wish," Weekend Update: Adam Sandler's ""The Chanukah Song" from the season 20 episode hosted by Roseanne Barr, "Homelessville Mascot vs. Salvation Army Santa," Robert De Niro's monologue from season 30 (featuring an appearance by Kermit the Frog), "TV Funhouse: Christmastime for the Jews," Weekend Update: Stefon's Christmas Clubs from the season 37 episode hosted by Katy Perry, John Malkovich's monologue from season 34, the "Dick in a Box" Digital Short from the season 32 episode hosted by Justin Timberlake, "Consumer Probe," "Michael Buble's Holiday Duets," "The Vogelchecks' Christmas," "Martha Stewart's Topless Holiday Special," "Robert Goulet's Christmas Special," Weekend Update: Drunk Uncle Rambles About the Holidays, "What Up with That?" from the season 35 episode hosted by James Franco, "NPR: Schweddy Balls", "Mary Katherine Gallagher in the School Choir," and "Seasons Greetings From Saturday Night Live" from the season 26 episode hosted by Lucy Liu.

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday[edit]

The third 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 specials focused on the United States presidential election. The show was hosted by Seth Meyers, Update's then current host.[1]

Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
"Season 3, Episode 1" September 20, 2012 (2012-09-20) 5.15
"Season 3, Episode 2" September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27) 4.67

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