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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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
HostMusical guest(s)Original air dateRatings/
Share
7031Alec BaldwinRadioheadSeptember 24, 20115.0/13

7042Melissa McCarthyLady AntebellumOctober 1, 20115.2/13

7053Ben StillerFoster the PeopleOctober 8, 20114.8/12

7064Anna FarisDrakeOctober 15, 20114.8/12

7075Charlie DayMaroon 5November 5, 20114.9/11

7086Emma StoneColdplayNovember 12, 20114.5/11

7097Jason SegelFlorence + The MachineNovember 19, 20114.6/11

7108Steve BuscemiThe Black KeysDecember 3, 20114.8/11

7119Katy PerryRobynDecember 10, 20114.8/11

71210Jimmy FallonMichael BubléDecember 17, 20115.3/13

71311Charles BarkleyKelly ClarksonJanuary 7, 20127.4/18

71412Daniel RadcliffeLana Del ReyJanuary 14, 20125.2/12

71513Channing TatumBon IverFebruary 4, 20124.7/11

71614Zooey DeschanelKarminFebruary 11, 20125.0/12

71715Maya RudolphSleigh BellsFebruary 18, 20124.9/12

71816Lindsay LohanJack WhiteMarch 3, 20125.5/14

71917Jonah HillThe ShinsMarch 10, 20124.3/11

72018Sofía VergaraOne DirectionApril 7, 20125.0/16[32]

72119Josh BrolinGotyeApril 14, 20124.6/11[33]

72220Eli ManningRihannaMay 5, 20125.2/13[34]

72321Will FerrellUsherMay 12, 20125.1/13

72422Mick JaggerMick Jagger
(with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck)
May 19, 20125.2/13

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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