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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,[1] and concluded on May 20, 2017 with host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry.[2] The season has a reduction of ads by 30% by removing two commercial breaks per episode in order to increase programming time.[3] Episode 18 on April 15, 2017 was the first episode ever 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, and was tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.[4]

Saturday Night Live
(season 42)
SNL S41 Title Card.jpg
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 21
Release
Original network NBC
Original release October 1, 2016 – May 20, 2017
Season chronology
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List of Saturday Night Live episodes

Contents

CastEdit

Prior to the start of the season, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Jon Rudnitsky were let go from the cast.[5][6] 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 Why We're Killing Gunther, which would have limited his time on the show.[7]

The show added three new featured players: SNL staff writer Mikey Day, Chicago improviser Alex Moffat and stand-up comedian/impressionist Melissa Villaseñor.[8][9]

Featured players Michael Che, Pete Davidson, and Leslie Jones were all upgraded to repertory status.[10]

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.[11]

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, who had been cast members since 2008, 2010 and 2014, respectively.[12]

Cast rosterEdit

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor

CrewEdit

Prior to the start of the season, short film director Matt Villines (of the directing duo Matt & Oz) died of cancer.[13]

WritersEdit

In August 2016, writing duo Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider were promoted to co-head writers.[14] 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, and Drew Michael.[15][16] After tweeting a controversial joke about Barron Trump, writer Katie Rich was suspended indefinitely.[17] In January 2017, writer Kent Sublette was elevated to head writer bringing the head writing team to four.[18]

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host(s) Musical guest(s) Original air date Ratings/
Share
809 1 Margot Robbie The Weeknd October 1, 2016 (2016-10-01) 5.8/15[20]
810 2 Lin-Manuel Miranda Twenty One Pilots October 8, 2016 (2016-10-08) 5.2/13[21]
811 3 Emily Blunt Bruno Mars October 15, 2016 (2016-10-15) 5.0/12[22]
  • Bruno Mars performs "24K Magic" and "Chunky" and appears in the "Drive-Thru Window" sketch.
  • Alec Baldwin appears as Donald Trump in both the cold open and the pre-recorded "Melanianade" sketch.
812 4 Tom Hanks Lady Gaga October 22, 2016 (2016-10-22) 6.1/15[23]
813 5 Benedict Cumberbatch Solange November 5, 2016 (2016-11-05) 5.8/14[24]
814 6 Dave Chappelle A Tribe Called Quest November 12, 2016 (2016-11-12) 6.2/16[26]
815 7 Kristen Wiig The xx November 19, 2016 (2016-11-19) 4.7/12[27]
816 8 Emma Stone Shawn Mendes December 3, 2016 (2016-12-03) 4.4/11[28]
817 9 John Cena Maren Morris December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10) 4.8/12[29]
818 10 Casey Affleck Chance the Rapper December 17, 2016 (2016-12-17) 4.9/12[30]
819 11 Felicity Jones Sturgill Simpson January 14, 2017 (2017-01-14) 4.3/11[31]
  • Sturgill Simpson performs "Keep It Between the Lines" and "Call to Arms".
  • Alec Baldwin appears as Donald Trump in the cold open.
  • Tina Fey appears in the opening monologue.
  • A tribute to former cast member Tony Rosato, who died on January 10, is shown before the goodnights.
820 12 Aziz Ansari Big Sean January 21, 2017 (2017-01-21) 5.1/13[32]
  • Big Sean performs "Bounce Back" and "Sunday Morning Jetpack".
821 13 Kristen Stewart Alessia Cara February 4, 2017 (2017-02-04) 5.0/13[33]
822 14 Alec Baldwin Ed Sheeran February 11, 2017 (2017-02-11) 7.2/18[34]
823 15 Octavia Spencer Father John Misty March 4, 2017 (2017-03-04) 5.2/14[35]
  • Father John Misty performs "Total Entertainment Forever" and "Pure Comedy."
824 16 Scarlett Johansson Lorde March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) 4.8/13[36]
825 17 Louis C.K. The Chainsmokers April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08) 4.5/12[37]
826 18 Jimmy Fallon Harry Styles April 15, 2017 (2017-04-15) 7.88 M avg. US viewers[39]
827 19 Chris Pine LCD Soundsystem May 6, 2017 (2017-05-06) 6.919 M avg. US viewers[40]
828 20 Melissa McCarthy HAIM May 13, 2017 (2017-05-13) 10.337 M avg. US viewers[41]
829 21 Dwayne Johnson Katy Perry May 20, 2017 (2017-05-20) 8.272 M avg. US viewers[43]

SpecialsEdit

Title Original air date Ratings/Share
(Adults 18-49)
"Weekend Update at the RNC[44]" July 20, 2016 (2016-07-20) N/A
Colin Jost and Michael Che host a special edition of Weekend Update from the 2016 Republican National Convention live on MSNBC. Kate McKinnon appears as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"Weekend Update at the DNC[45]" July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27) N/A
Colin Jost and Michael Che host a special edition of Weekend Update from the 2016 Democratic National Convention live on MSNBC.
"The 2016 SNL Election Special[46]" November 7, 2016 (2016-11-07) 2.1/7[47]
Recent political sketches involving the 2016 US presidential election, hosted by Tom Brokaw.
"SNL Thanksgiving Special[48]" November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23) 1.6/5[49]
Thanksgiving-themed comedy from the Saturday Night Live crew is presented.
"SNL Christmas[50]" December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14) 1.6/5[51]
Holiday-themed comedy from Saturday Night Live is presented.

Publicity and controversyEdit

 
Donald Trump, who became President of the United States during the season, was vocal in his criticism of the show.

The forty-second season of SNL had a larger-than-usual ratings bump, partially due to sketches surrounding the 2016 presidential election and later 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 previous season]."[52] The Dave Chappelle/A Tribe Called Quest episode saw the highest ratings for the show since Donald Trump's hosting the previous season, and highest in the 18-49 rating demographic since December 2013.[26] The show received its best ratings for an October broadcast in eight years with the Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga episode,[23] 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.[11]

Republican candidate Donald Trump — who hosted SNL the previous season and eventually 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 boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks," he tweeted the morning after the Emily Blunt/Bruno Mars episode on October 16, 2016.[53] "It is a totally 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.[54] His criticism continued preceding his inauguration: he dubbed it "unwatchable" on December 4,[55] and tweeted "Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!" after the Felicity Jones/Sturgill Simpson episode on January 15, 2017.[56]

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