Saturday Night Live (season 1)
The first season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC from October 11, 1975 to July 31, 1976. In 1974, NBC Tonight Show host Johnny Carson requested that the weekend broadcasts of "Best of Carson" come to an end, so that Carson could take two weeknights off and NBC would thus air those repeats on those nights rather than feed them to affiliates for broadcast on either Saturdays or Sundays. Given Carson's undisputed status as the king of late-night television, NBC heard his request as an ultimatum, fearing he might use the issue as grounds to defect to either ABC or CBS. To fill the gap, the network drew up some ideas and brought in Dick Ebersol – a protégé of legendary ABC Sports president Roone Arledge – to develop a 90-minute late-night variety show. Ebersol's first order of business was hiring a young Canadian producer named Lorne Michaels to be the show-runner. Television production in New York was in decline in the mid-1970s, so NBC decided to base the show at their studios in Rockefeller Center to offset the overhead of maintaining those facilities.
Michaels was given Studio 8H, a converted radio studio that prior to that point was most famous for having hosted Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1951, but was being used for network election coverage by the mid-1970s. When the first show aired on October 11, 1975 with George Carlin as its host, it was called NBC's Saturday Night because ABC featured a program at the same time titled Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. After ABC cancelled the Cosell program in 1976, the NBC program changed its name to Saturday Night Live on March 26, 1977; every night, Don Pardo introduced the cast, a job he'd hold for 39 years until his death in 2014. The original concept was for a comedy-variety show featuring young comedians, live musical performances, short films by Albert Brooks, segments by Jim Henson featuring atypically adult and abstract characters from the Muppets world. Rather than have one permanent host, Michaels elected to have a different guest host each week.
The first episode featured two musical guests, the second episode, hosted by Paul Simon on October 18, was entirely a musical variety show with various acts. The Not Ready For Prime Time Players did not appear in this episode at all, other than as the bees with Simon telling them they were cancelled, Chevy Chase in the opening and in "Weekend Update". Over the course of Season 1, sketch comedy would begin to dominate the show and SNL would more resemble its current format. Andy Kaufman made several appearances that were popular with the audience over the season, while The Muppets' Land of Gorch bits were regarded as a poor fit with the rest of the show; the "Land Of Gorch" sketches were cancelled after episode 10, although the associated Muppet characters still made sporadic appearances after that. After one final appearance at the start of season two, the Muppet characters were permanently dropped from SNL. During the season, Michaels appeared on-camera twice, on April 24 and May 22, to make an offer to The Beatles to reunite on the show.
In the first appearance, he offered a certified check of $3000. In the second appearance, he increased his offer to free hotel accommodations. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both admitted that they were watching SNL from Lennon's apartment on May 8, the episode after Michaels' first offer, toyed with going down to the studio, but decided to stay in the apartment because they were too tired; the first cast member hired was Gilda Radner. The rest of the cast included fellow Second City alumni Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, as well as National Lampoon "Lemmings" alumnus Chevy Chase, chosen as anchor for Weekend Update, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris; the original head writer was Michael O'Donoghue, a writer at National Lampoon who had worked alongside several cast members while directing The National Lampoon Radio Hour. The original theme music was written by future Academy Award–winning composer Howard Shore, who – along with his band – was the original band leader on the show. Paul Shaffer, who would go on to lead David Letterman's band on Late Night and The Late Show, was band leader in the early years.
George Coe was hired. Much of the talent pool involved in the inaugural season was recruited from the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a nationally syndicated comedy series that satirized current events; this would be the only season for O'Donoghue as official cast members. While Coe was only billed in the premiere, he was seen in various small roles through the season before leaving the show altogether. O'Donoghue was credited through the Candice Bergen episode and would continue to work for the show as a writer, as well as an featured performer, through season five. Dan Aykroyd John Belushi Chevy Chase George Coe Jane Curtin Garrett Morris Laraine Newman Michael O'Donoghue Gilda Radnerbold denotes Weekend Update anchor The original writing staff included Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Marilyn Suzanne Miller, Michael O'Donoghue, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel; the head writers were Lorne Micha
Saturday Night Live (season 18)
The eighteenth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC between September 26, 1992, May 15, 1993. Long-term cast member Dana Carvey would leave mid-season; this would be the final season for Chris Rock and Robert Smigel. After three years with the show, Rock decided to quit the show at the end of the season. Rock had become frustrated with never quite finding a voice on the show and wanted to instead focus on his stand-up career. Writer and featured player Smigel left to become the head writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, but would return to the show in 1996 to write and produce the "TV Funhouse" cartoons; this was the last season to feature three separate categories for cast members. Starting next season, the show returned to the original "repertory" and "featured" cast lists; this season was home to one of SNL's most infamous moments: Sinéad O'Connor tore a photograph of Pope John Paul II at the end of her second performance on the episode hosted by Tim Robbins.
Due to the success of the film Wayne's World, Michaels decided it was a good idea to jump onto the popularity of the film and make more movies based on SNL characters. However, none would prove to be as successful as Wayne's World, commercially. Many changes happened before the start of the season. Long-term cast member Victoria Jackson left the show after six seasons. Newer cast members Beth Siobhan Fallon were both fired to make room in the cast. Unlike the past two seasons Lorne Michaels did not hire any new cast members. Rob Schneider was upgraded to repertory status. Ellen Cleghorne, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, David Spade remained in the middle category. Melanie Hutsell was promoted to the middle category. Robert Smigel remained as a featured cast member. Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor Coneheads, a film based on the popular Coneheads sketches that appeared on the show in the 1970s, was released on July 23, 1993. Cast members Dan Aykroyd, Peter Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Jon Lovitz, Michael McKean, Tim Meadows, Garret Morris, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Julia Sweeney all appear in the film.
The film did not do well at the box office and was panned by critics
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum is an American actor and musician. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of his era, Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as their respective sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Independence Day: Resurgence. Goldblum starred in films including Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Big Chill, Into the Night before coming to the attention of wider audiences in David Cronenberg's The Fly which earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor, his other films include The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The Tall Guy, Deep Cover, The Prince of Egypt, Cats & Dogs, Igby Goes Down, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Adam Resurrected, Le Week-End, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Thor: Ragnarok. He starred in several TV series including the eighth and ninth seasons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Zack Nichols. For directing the short film Little Surprises, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Goldblum was raised in West Homestead, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. His mother, Shirley Jane Goldblum, was a radio broadcaster who ran a kitchen equipment and appliances sales firm, his father, Harold Leonard Goldblum, was a medical doctor and Major in the US Army during World War II, he has a sister, an older brother, Lee. Another older brother, died of kidney failure at age 23, his family is Jewish, had emigrated from Russia and Austria to the U. S. During his childhood, Goldblum had a bar mitzvah. Goldblum's parents were interested in show business, his father nearly studied acting before deciding to pursue medical studies. Goldblum moved to New York City at 17 to become an actor, he worked on the stage and studied acting at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse under the guidance of acting coach Sanford Meisner. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, he is an accomplished jazz pianist and declared that if he did not act, he would have become a professional musician.
Goldblum made his film debut as a home-invading thug in the 1974 Charles Bronson film Death Wish. He appeared as a protester in the TV movie Columbo: A Case of Immunity, he has a brief part as a party guest in Annie Hall. I forgot my mantra." Goldblum has had leading roles in films such as The Fly, Jurassic Park, Earth Girls Are Easy, The Tall Guy and Into the Night. Goldblum's strong supporting roles include those in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Big Chill, Independence Day, as well as the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Grand Budapest Hotel and the cult films The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension and Igby Goes Down. For several years, Goldblum was the voice for most U. S. Apple commercials, including advertisements for the iMac and iBook, he voices some U. S. Toyota commercials as well as Gamble's facial cream line, he has appeared on Irish TV in commercials for the National Lottery. Goldblum taught acting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood with Robert Carnegie.
It was with several actors from this acting company that he improvised and directed the live action short film Little Surprises, nominated for an Academy Award in 1996. Goldblum got the role of Adam in Adam Resurrected, a film adaptation of the Yoram Kaniuk novel about a former German entertainer who becomes the ringleader to a group of Holocaust survivors in an asylum after World War II. In September 2006, it was announced that Goldblum was one of the founding members of a new theater company in New York called The Fire Dept, he made a guest appearance on Sesame Street in 1990 as Bob's long-lost brother Minneapolis, in a sketch where Big Bird's friend Snuffleupagus had "the golden cabbage of Snuffertiti" hidden in his cave. He has appeared on Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Colbert Report and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, Portlandia. In 2014, Goldblum's jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, did a weekly show at the Carlyle Hotel. Goldblum replaced Chris Noth as a senior detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
In the series, Goldblum plays Detective Zack Nichols. In August 2010, media outlets reported that Goldblum had decided not to return to Criminal Intent due to persistent concerns about the program's future. In 2014, Goldblum appeared in an episode of Last Week Tonight parodying his role in Order. In 2016, he reprised his role of David Levinson in Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 alien invasion/disaster film Independence Day. In November 2015, he joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth's third film, The Modern Ocean alongside Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah. Goldblum played The Grandmaster in the Marvel superhero film Thor: Ragnarok, reuniting with fellow Jurassic Park cast member Sam Neill, he reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the franchise's fifth film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, he was featured in a Currys Christmas advert campaign in November 2015. Goldblum does the commercials for Apartments.com.
In 2017, Goldblum did a series of online commercials for the Australian food ordering app Menulog. On 29 May 2018, Billboard announced that Goldblum had signed to Decc
Saturday Night Live (season 40)
Saturday Night Live premiered its fortieth season during the 2014–15 television season on NBC. The season premiered on September 27, 2014, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande and came to a conclusion on May 16, 2015 with host Louis C. K. and musical guest Rihanna. Former cast member Darrell Hammond succeeded Don Pardo, who had died in August, as the show's new announcer; the premiere included an interstitial photograph of Pardo – SNL's announcer since it premiered in 1975. As part of an ongoing rebuilding process, which producer Lorne Michaels indicated would result in cast changes for the 2014–15 season, a number of changes were announced: Nasim Pedrad departed after five seasons to star on the Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom Mulaney, while John Milhiser, Noël Wells, Brooks Wheelan were let go after a single season. Additionally, Mike O'Brien, a writer for the show for four seasons before joining the cast at the start of the previous season, returned to the writers' room. Two comedians joined the cast at the start of the season: stand-up comic Pete Davidson, the first SNL cast member to have been born in the 1990s, former SNL writer Michael Che as a Weekend Update co-anchor, replacing Cecily Strong, who remains in the cast.
Che left SNL at the end of the previous season to become a correspondent on The Daily Show. After making appearances on Weekend Update and in several sketches, writer Leslie Jones was promoted to the cast on October 20, 2014 as a featured player. Coinciding with the show's fortieth anniversary, the show introduced a new logo, still in use today: it shows the text SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. Prior to the start of the season, five new writers were hired: Alison Rich, a performer with the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York. Nick Rutherford, a member of Los Angeles-based comedy group Good Neighbor. Natasha Rothwell, a performer with the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York. Streeter Seidell, CollegeHumor front page editor. Jeremy Beiler, writer on Inside Amy Schumer; this was the final season for Mike O'Brien, who joined the writing staff in 2009 and Claire Mulaney, who joined the staff in 2013, as well as the only season for writers Natasha Rothwell, Nick Rutherford, Alison Rich
Saturday Night Live (season 42)
The forty-second season of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live premiered on October 1, 2016 during the 2016–2017 television season, with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd, concluded on May 20, 2017 with host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry. The season has a reduction of ads by 30% by removing two commercial breaks per episode in order to increase programming time. Episode 18 on April 15, 2017 was the first episode to be broadcast live in all four time zones within the contiguous United States; until this episode, the show only aired live in the Eastern and Central time zones, was tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. Prior to the start of the season, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, Jon Rudnitsky were let go from the cast. Killam, despite having signed a seven-year contract that would have taken him to the end of season 42, was dropped from the cast due in part to issues concerning his work directing the film Killing Gunther, which would have limited his time on the show.
The show added three new featured players: SNL staff writer Mikey Day, Chicago improviser Alex Moffat and stand-up comedian/impressionist Melissa Villaseñor. Stand-up comedian Chris Redd was incorrectly reported to be a featured player that year, but the rumors were found out to be false. Redd, joined the show as a featured player during the next season. Featured players Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones were all upgraded to repertory status. Though not a member of the cast, it was announced on September 28, 2016 that Alec Baldwin signed through season 42 to take over impersonating Donald Trump from Darrell Hammond, who continues on as the show's announcer. During this season, Dick Ebersol-era cast member Tony Rosato died at the age of 62 from a heart attack; this would be the final season for Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata, cast members since 2008, 2010, 2014, respectively. Bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor Prior to the start of the season, short film director Matt Villines died of cancer.
In August 2016, writing duo Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider were promoted to co-head writers. In addition, eight new writers were hired for the upcoming season: Kristen Bartlett, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Anna Drezen, Julio Torres, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, Drew Michael. After tweeting a controversial joke about Barron Trump, writer Katie Rich was suspended indefinitely. In January 2017, writer Kent Sublette was elevated to head writer bringing the head writing team to four; the forty-second season of SNL had a larger-than-usual ratings bump due to sketches surrounding the 2016 presidential election and the presidency of Donald Trump. According to Forbes writer Madeline Berg, the program "had its best season in 24 years, with an average of 11.3 million viewers in live-plus-seven-day ratings, which marks an increase of 26% from." The Dave Chappelle/A Tribe Called Quest episode saw the highest ratings for the show since Donald Trump's hosting the previous season, highest in the 18-49 rating demographic since December 2013.
The show received its best ratings for an October broadcast in eight years with the Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga episode, while the Alec Baldwin/Ed Sheeran episode in February received the best overall ratings for the season thus far, posting its highest metered-market household rating in six years. Republican candidate Donald Trump — who hosted SNL the previous season and secured the presidency in November — was unhappy with his portrayal on the show by recurring guest Alec Baldwin. On multiple occasions, both before and after winning the election, Trump used Twitter to publicize his thoughts on the impersonation, as well as the show: "Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks," he tweeted the morning after the Emily Blunt/Bruno Mars episode on October 16, 2016. "It is a one-sided, biased show —nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?", he posted on November 20 after the Kristen Wiig/The xx episode, suggesting the show follow the equal-time rule, despite the presidential race being over.
His criticism continued preceding his inauguration: he dubbed it "unwatchable" on December 4, tweeted "Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Bad television!" after the Felicity Jones/Sturgill Simpson episode on January 15, 2017
Saturday Night Live (season 5)
The fifth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC between October 13, 1979, May 24, 1980. This season was the first to have two members of the same family as cast members; this would be the final season for everyone in the cast. Tom Davis and Downey would return to the show in future seasons as writers. Al Franken, Doyle-Murray and Shearer would rejoin the cast in future seasons. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi left the show at the end of the fourth season, leaving a void in the cast that most fans thought would be the beginning of the end of the late-night sketch show. To keep the show going, Lorne Michaels upgraded many of the show's writers to featured cast member status: Peter Aykroyd, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Don Novello, Tom Schiller and Alan Zweibel. Band leader Paul Shaffer joined the cast, becoming the first person from the SNL band to become a cast member. Harry Shearer joined the show as a featured cast member and was promoted to repertory status during the season.
Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor Featured cast members announced and shown during the "Opening Introductions" varied from week to week, as noted below in each episode's description. As mentioned, Michaels upgraded many of the show's writers to cast member status, including Aykroyd, Doyle-Murray, Novello and Zweibel. Doyle-Murray would be the only one to return, in the following season; this season's writers were Peter Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Tom Gammill, Lorne Michaels, Matt Neuman, Don Novello, Sarah Paley, Max Pross, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Harry Shearer, Rosie Shuster and Alan Zweibel. The head writer was Herb Sargent. SNL's fifth season was released on DVD on December 1, 2009. There are no plans to release any further seasons
Saturday Night Live (season 4)
The fourth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series aired in the United States on NBC between October 7, 1978, May 26, 1979. The season four DVD was released on December 2, 2008; the entire cast from the previous season returned. This would be the final season for John Belushi. Aykroyd and Belushi left to work on the film The Blues Brothers. Bold denotes Weekend Update anchor Walter Williams, creator of the Mr. Bill shorts, joined the writing staff; this season's writers were Dan Aykroyd, Anne Beatts, Tom Davis, Jim Downey, Brian Doyle-Murray, Al Franken, Brian McConnachie, Lorne Michaels, Don Novello, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Rosie Shuster, Walter Williams and Alan Zweibel. The head writer was Herb Sargent. Recurring SNL characters and sketches introduced in season 4 History of Saturday Night Live