Saturday Night Live (season 39)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 39)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Original release||September 28, 2013– May 17, 2014|
Prior to the start of the season, a large number of cast changes occurred. Long-time cast members Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis all departed the show. In addition to them, first-year featured player Tim Robinson left the cast to focus on his new duties in the writing staff, becoming the first performer to join the writing staff after being a cast member without initially being hired as a writer.
In their places six new featured players were hired including SNL writer Mike O'Brien who was upgraded into the cast, as well as new hires Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney of the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, John Milhiser of the sketch group Serious Lunch, comedienne Noël Wells (known for her viral videos and impressions featured on sites such as Cracked.com), and stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan.
O'Brien has written for the show since the 2009–10 season and is the first writer to be upgraded into the cast since Jason Sudeikis in 2005. Mooney and Bennett's fellow Good Neighbor troupe member Dave McCary was also hired to direct Bennett and Mooney's digital shorts.
On May 12, 2013, NBC announced that Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers would be the new host of Late Night in 2014 succeeding Jimmy Fallon as Fallon will take over as the new host of The Tonight Show. Meyers remained Weekend Update anchor up until his departure from the show on February 1, 2014. Cecily Strong was brought up to co-anchor with Meyers. Colin Jost, a writer for the show (and head writer for season 38 and 39), joined the cast on March 1, 2014, as a featured player and as Meyers' successor on Weekend Update. This is the third time a featured player was also a Weekend Update anchor. The first two were Tina Fey and Brian Doyle-Murray. Strong was replaced the next year by former writer and "Daily Show" correspondent Michael Che.
During the season, the show came under criticism from critics (as well as cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah) for not including at least one black female cast member, a topic which was addressed on the November 2, 2013 show hosted by Kerry Washington. As a result, Lorne Michaels announced that the show would be holding auditions for a black female cast member, expected to join the show in January as a new featured player. UCB-NY performer Sasheer Zamata was announced as a new featured player on January 6, 2014. She made her first appearance on January 18, 2014.
The addition of eight new cast members is the greatest since the 1995–96 season, during which nine cast members were added, making it the largest cast overhaul in eighteen years.
This would be the final season for Nasim Pedrad, who announced her departure from the show in June 2014 in order to work on the Lorne Michaels-produced show Mulaney. Additionally, John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan were fired from the show after a single season. Also, Mike O'Brien left to return to the writer's room.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchors
For the first half of the season, Seth Meyers, Colin Jost and Rob Klein were co-head writers. After Meyers' departure, Bryan Tucker replaced him as a co-head writer.
Prior to the start of the season, three new writers were hired:
- Claire Mulaney, younger sister of former writer John Mulaney.
- Mikey Day, a member of The Groundlings and cast member on MTV's Wild 'N Out.
- Michael Che, a standup comic who had guest written for five episodes in season 38, was hired as a full-time writer.
This was Seth Meyers' final season as writer. Michael Che initially departed following this season to join The Daily Show as a correspondent, but returned for the start of the next season to co-anchor Weekend Update alongside Jost.
This was also the final season for longtime writers Alex Baze (Weekend Update writer since 2004, and head of the segment since 2011), Marika Sawyer and John Solomon (both of whom had been with the show since 2006), as well as the only season for LaKendra Tookes.
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate||Ratings/share|
|746||1||Tina Fey||Arcade Fire||September 28, 2013||4.7/12|
|Aaron Paul appears in the cold open and the "E-Meth commercial" sketch, reprising Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad and appears as Drunk Uncle's nephew during Weekend Update.|
|747||2||Miley Cyrus||Miley Cyrus||October 5, 2013||4.5/13|
|Miley Cyrus performs "Wrecking Ball" and an unplugged version of "We Can't Stop."|
|748||3||Bruce Willis||Katy Perry||October 12, 2013||4.3/11|
|Katy Perry performs "Roar" and "Walking on Air."|
|749||4||Edward Norton||Janelle Monáe||October 26, 2013||3.9/10|
|Alec Baldwin and Miley Cyrus appear in the opening monologue. Baldwin also narrates and appears in the fake Wes Anderson trailer. Cyrus also cameos in the "12 Days Not a Slave" sketch.|
|750||5||Kerry Washington||Eminem||November 2, 2013||4.9/12|
Al Sharpton appears in the cold open.season twelve performance featuring Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, who died on October 27, 2013 from liver disease was featured after the show's Update segment.
|751||6||Lady Gaga||Lady Gaga||November 16, 2013||4.9/12|
|Lady Gaga performs "Do What U Want" with R. Kelly and "Gypsy."|
|752||7||Josh Hutcherson||Haim||November 23, 2013||4.1/10|
|HAIM performs "The Wire" and "Don't Save Me" and appears in the "Josie" sketch.|
|753||8||Paul Rudd||One Direction||December 7, 2013||4.9/12|
|Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell appear in the opening monologue. Ferrell and Koechner later reprise their "drunken salesmen" characters for the "Bill Brasky" sketch.|
|754||9||John Goodman||Kings of Leon||December 14, 2013||4.5/11|
|Wale appears in the H&M music video.|
|755||10||Jimmy Fallon||Justin Timberlake||December 21, 2013||6.3/16|
Justin Timberlake performs "Only When I Walk Away" and "Pair of Wings" and appears in the "Wrappinville" sketch, the Celebrity Family Feud sketch (parodying Fallon), and The Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch.
Paul McCartney appears in the opening monologue.
Michael Bloomberg appears during Weekend Update.Chris Rock appears during the goodnights.
|756||11||Drake||Drake||January 18, 2014||4.7/12|
|Sasheer Zamata's first episode as a cast member|
|757||12||Jonah Hill||Bastille||January 25, 2014||4.8/12|
Leonardo DiCaprio appears during the opening monologue.Michael Cera appears in the pretaped "me" sketch.
|758||13||Melissa McCarthy||Imagine Dragons||February 1, 2014||5.4/13|
|Pete Seeger, who had died five days earlier, was shown in complete silence following Weekend Update.|
|759||14||Jim Parsons||Beck||March 1, 2014||4.6/12|
|Colin Jost's first episode as a cast member and Weekend Update anchor.|
|760||15||Lena Dunham||The National||March 8, 2014||4.1/11|
Liam Neeson appears in the cold open.
Jon Hamm appears in the "What are You Even Doing? You're Being Crazy" sketch.Fred Armisen appears during Weekend Update in character as one of "Vladimir Putin's Best Friends from Growing Up".
|761||16||Louis C.K.||Sam Smith||March 29, 2014||4.0/10|
|Sam Smith performs "Stay with Me" and "Lay Me Down".|
|762||17||Anna Kendrick||Pharrell Williams||April 5, 2014||4.0/10|
Hans Zimmer conducts the orchestra during Pharrell Williams' second performance.
Icona Pop appears in the pre-taped "Dongs All Over the World" sketch.The song "Louxor j'adore" by Katerine was played during the Les jeunes de Paris sketch.
|763||18||Seth Rogen||Ed Sheeran||April 12, 2014||3.9/10|
|Zooey Deschanel, James Franco and Taylor Swift appear in the opening monologue. Franco also appears in the pre-taped "Monster Pals" sketch.|
|764||19||Andrew Garfield||Coldplay||May 3, 2014||3.9/10|
Emma Stone appears in the opening monologue and in the "Spider-Man Kiss" sketch.
|765||20||Charlize Theron||The Black Keys||May 10, 2014||3.8/10|
|Barbara Walters appears during Weekend Update.|
|766||21||Andy Samberg||St. Vincent||May 17, 2014||4.0/10|
Cecily Strong's final episode as anchor of Weekend Update.Don Pardo's final episode as the announcer.
|#||Special||Original airdate||U.S. viewers
|1||"Saturday Night Live Halloween"||October 31, 2013||5.32|
A collection of Halloween-based sketches and scary movie parodies, including:
|2||"Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving"||November 27, 2013||4.87|
A collection of Thanksgiving sketches including:
|3||"Saturday Night Live Christmas"||December 4, 2013||7.42|
A collection of Christmas and December holiday-based sketches including:
|4||"SNL Best of This Season"||January 4, 2014||5.6/14|
A collection of sketches from seasons 38 and 39, including:
|5||"SNL Presents: SNL Sports Spectacular"||January 30, 2014||4.79|
A collection of sketches from episodes hosted by professional athletes and other sports stars, hosted by Seth Meyers, including:
|6||"SNL Shorts"||April 24, 2014|
A collection of filmed shorts including:
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