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Saturday Night Live (Season 31) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Saturday Night Live aired its thirty-first season in the 2005-2006 television season on NBC. This season contained minor changes that would garner major results for the show. Finesse Mitchell's promotion to repertory player and Rob Riggle's departure led to the hiring of new feature players, Bill Hader (who became popular for his celebrity impersonations) and Andy Samberg (who became popular for his pretaped sketches called "Digital Shorts", particularly his "Lazy Sunday" rap with Chris Parnell, which became an Internet phenomenon). A new female castmember, Kristen Wiig did not appear on the show until the Jason Lee/Foo Fighters episode, won over audiences with her wacky recurring characters and dead-on celebrity impersonations (much like Bill Hader). Missing for most of the season were female castmembers Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey (who were both pregnant and on maternity leave). Tina Fey's place on Weekend Update was briefly taken over by Horatio Sanz until her return on the Catherine Zeta-Jones/Franz Ferdinand episode, making Sanz the first (and so far only) Hispanic Weekend Update anchor. Maya Rudolph, however, appeared on the first episode of the new season, then went on maternity leave and came back on the sole February episode hosted by Steve Martin with musical guest Prince (who returned to perform on the show after his 1981 appearance on the infamous season six episode hosted by Charlene Tilton). This season is also known for having Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an SNL castmember from 1982 to 1985 under Dick Ebersol, become the first former female castmember to come back and host the show (and the third castmember from Seinfeld to host as well). This season is also known for the return of such frequent hosts as Alec Baldwin (who last hosted in season 29 with musical guest Missy Elliot in 2003), Tom Hanks (who last hosted the first episode of season 22 with musical guest Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1996), and Steve Martin (who last hosted the first episode of the 20th season with musical guest, Eric Clapton in 1994). This season also saw the tragic death of yet another SNL castmember for the first time in seven years. Charles Rocket, a castmember/Weekend Update anchor for Jean Doumanian's lackluster (and largely forgotten) sixth season was found dead near his home in Connecticut with a slashed throat in October of 2005. The police ruled his death a suicide, making him SNL's oldest dead castmember at the age of 56 (beating Michael O'Donoghue, who was 54 at the time of his death). A still-picture memorial for Rocket was shown on the first airing of the Catherine Zeta-Jones/Franz Ferdinand episode, but was cut on every rerun. This season also became the first to broadcast the show in high-definition, after thirty years of broadcasting in analogue. This would also be the last season for castmembers Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz, and Finesse Mitchell, as well as the last season for longtime director, Beth McCarthy-Miller. The season began on October 1, 2005, and ended on May 20, 2006 with 19 episodes in all. The season was cut one episode short due to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Contents [hide] 1 Cast 1.1 Repertory players 1.2 Featured players 2 Listings 3 Episodes  Cast  Repertory players Fred Armisen Rachel Dratch Tina Fey Will Forte Darrell Hammond Seth Meyers Finesse Mitchell Chris Parnell Amy Poehler Maya Rudolph Horatio Sanz Kenan Thompson  Featured players Bill Hader Andy Samberg Jason Sudeikis Kristen Wiig (First episode: November 12, 2005)  Listings October 1, 2005: Steve Carell/Kanye West (31.1, live) October 8, 2005: Jon Heder/Ashlee Simpson (31.2, live) October 15, 2005: The Best of David Spade (special, new) October 22, 2005: Catherine Zeta-Jones/Franz Ferdinand (31.3, live) October 29, 2005: Lance Armstrong/Sheryl Crow (31.4, live) November 5, 2005: The Best of SNL Commercial Parodies (special, new) November 12, 2005: Jason Lee/Foo Fighters (31.5, live) November 19, 2005: Eva Longoria/Korn (31.6, live) November 26, 2005: Steve Carell/Kanye West (31.1, repeat) December 3, 2005: Dane Cook/James Blunt (31.7, live) December 10, 2005: Alec Baldwin/Shakira (31.8, live) December 17, 2005: Jack Black/Neil Young (31.9, live) December 24, 2005: pre-empted December 31, 2005: Jon Heder/Ashlee Simpson (31.2, repeat) January 7, 2006: Eva Longoria/Korn (31.6, repeat) January 14, 2006: Scarlett Johansson/Death Cab For Cutie (31.10, live) January 21, 2006: Peter Sarsgaard/The Strokes (31.11, live) January 28,
2006: Dane Cook/James Blunt (31.7, repeat) February 4, 2006: Steve Martin/Prince (31.12, live) February 11, 2006: pre-empted for Winter Olympics February 18, 2006: pre-empted for Winter Olympics February 25, 2006: pre-empted for Winter Olympics March 4, 2006: Natalie Portman/Fall Out Boy (31.13, live) March 11, 2006: Matt Dillon/Arctic Monkeys (31.14, live) March 18, 2006: Alec Baldwin/Shakira (31.8, repeat) March 25, 2006: Steve Martin/Prince (31.12, repeat) April 1, 2006: Scarlett Johansson/Death Cab For Cutie (31.10, repeat) April 8, 2006: Antonio Banderas/Mary J. Blige (31.15, live) April 15, 2006: Lindsay Lohan/Pearl Jam (31.16, live) April 22, 2006: Natalie Portman/Fall Out Boy (31.13, repeat) April 29, 2006: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse (special, new) May 6, 2006: Tom Hanks/Red Hot Chili Peppers (31.17, live) May 13, 2006: Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Paul Simon (31.18, live) May 20, 2006: Kevin Spacey/Nelly Furtado (31.19, live) May 27, 2006: Catherine Zeta-Jones/Franz Ferdinand (31.3, repeat) June 3, 2006: Lindsay Lohan/Pearl Jam (31.16, repeat) June 10, 2006: Jack Black/Neil Young (31.9, repeat) June 17, 2006: Dane Cook/James Blunt (31.7, repeat) June 24, 2006: Kevin Spacey/Nelly Furtado (31.19, repeat) July 1, 2006: Lance Armstrong/Sheryl Crow (31.4, repeat) July 8, 2006: Best of Saturday TV Funhouse (special, repeat) July 15, 2006: Matt Dillon/Arctic Monkeys (31.14, repeat) July 22, 2006: Jason Lee/Foo Fighters (31.5, repeat) July 29, 2006: Steve Carell/Kanye West (31.1, repeat) August 5, 2006: Natalie Portman/Fall Out Boy (31.13, repeat) August 12, 2006: Peter Sarsgaard/The Strokes (31.11, repeat) August 19, 2006: Alec Baldwin/Shakira (31.8, repeat) August 26, 2006: Antonio Banderas/Mary J. Blige (31.15, repeat) September 2, 2006: Jack Black/Neil Young (31.9, repeat) September 9, 2006: Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Paul Simon (31.18, repeat) September 16, 2006: Tom Hanks/Red Hot Chili Peppers (31.17, repeat) September 23, 2006: Steve Martin/Prince (31.12, repeat)  Episodes Episode Number Air Date: Host(s) Musical Guest(s) Remarks 586 (31.1) October 1, 2005 Steve Carell Kanye West Former cast member Mike Myers made a special appearance spoofing Myers and West's joint appearance in "A Concert for Hurricane Relief". Bill Hader and Andy Samberg's first episode as cast members. Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine performs with West during "Heard 'Em Say". The first SNL episode broadcast in high definition. The show is now letterboxed in widescreen on standard definition screens. 587 (31.2) October 8, 2005 Jon Heder Ashlee Simpson With this episode, Rachel Dratch becomes SNL's longest-serving female castmember, surpassing Ana Gasteyer. Chris Parnell does not appear in this episode since he was in Los Angeles filming an episode of his failed sitcom pilot Thick and Thin. He is cut out of the opening montage to reflect this. Jessica Alba and Joss Stone were rumored to be the host and musical guest respectively for this episode. 588 (31.3) October 22, 2005 Catherine Zeta-Jones Franz Ferdinand At the end of Weekend Update, a still photo of former Jean Doumanian-era castmember Charles Rocket, who had committed suicide the week before this episode premiered, is shown in his memory. The NBC and E! reruns of this episode cut out the appearance of Charles Rocket's photo. Chris Parnell does not appear again due to filming "Thick and Thin." He is once again cut out of the opening montage. 589 (31.4) October 29, 2005 Lance Armstrong Sheryl Crow Chicago White Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik made a guest appearance on Weekend Update shortly after his team swept the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series. Sheryl Crow, Armstrong's then-fiancé, made an appearance in the monologue and in two sketches as herself. 590 (31.5) November 12, 2005 Jason Lee Foo Fighters The NBC rerun replaces a sketch about "butt pregnancy" with a musical sketch centering around workers singing over desserts in the office cafeteria. Kristen Wiig's first episode as a cast member (coincidentally, her first sketch, where she and Jason Sudeikis play a couple who pick up an escaped prisoner while driving home, is cut in the 60-minute E! rerun). This is the Foo Fighters 4th time appearing on SNL. Previously they had performed in 1995 (supporting their self titled debut), 1999 (supporting There Is Nothing Left to Lose, and 2002 (supporting One By One). On this appearance they supported their 5th album, In Your Honor. Even though Foo Fighters have only performed on the show 4 times, singer Dave Grohl has been featured as a musical guest 7 times: twice more with Nirvana, who performed on the show in 1992 and 1993, and again drumming with Tom Petty on a 1994 episode. 591 (31.6) November 19, 2005 Eva Longoria Korn 592 (31.7) December 3, 2005 Dane Cook James Blunt 593 (31.8) December 10, 2005 Alec Baldwin Shakira Tim Meadows made a guest
appearance during the monologue. Alejandro Sanz sang in Shakira's second song, La tortura. At the end of Weekend Update, Tina Fey shows a clip from a famous season one sketch, where Chevy Chase and then-host Richard Pryor get into a word association that leads to the use of racial epithets, commemorating Pryor's death on the show's original airdate. 593 (31.9) December 17, 2005 Jack Black Neil Young The Digital Short in this episode, Lazy Sunday, soon became a cult phenomenon. Neil Young makes an appearance in the Appalachian Emergency Room sketch, which also features a cameo from Johnny Knoxville. Tracy Morgan makes a cameo appearance during Weekend Update. Jack Black's Tenacious D partner Kyle Gass makes a cameo appearance during the spelling bee skit. The sketch "Space War 2148" is reused from cast member Andy Samberg's unsold TV pilot Awesometown. Samberg reprises his role; Black takes the role played by Jorma Taccone. Darlene Love appeared singing "White Christmas" with the SNL Band, and providing vocals for "Christmastime For The Jews". 594 (31.10) January 14, 2006 Scarlett Johansson Death Cab for Cutie After a Hardball parody is cut, an excerpt from the night's TV Funhouse called "The 700 Gang" was retooled into the cold opening. Smigel apparently went into a recording both between dress and air and recorded some more lines to stretch the piece out, he also recorded the opening phrase that was spoken by Pat Robertson at the top of the show. 595 (31.11) January 21, 2006 Peter Sarsgaard The Strokes Drew Barrymore made a special appearance in the Weekend Update segment. On the NBC rerun of this episode, during the "Cat Fancy Journalist Gets Fired" sketch, when Peter Sarsgaard' character tells Seth Meyers' character to save his outrageous stories for "Parrot Companion Quarterly", a caption appears at the bottom of the screen that reads, "Parrot Companion Quarterly is a real magazine". 596 (31.12) February 4, 2006 Steve Martin Prince Alec Baldwin, and Jimmy Fallon cameo in the live show; Baldwin, Kelly Ripa, Scarlett Johansson, Conan O'Brien, Brian Williams and Gideon Yago all appear in filmed segments. The 2nd digital short entitled "The Tangent" was produced for the Scarlett Johannson episode but was cut for time.(That would explain her appearance). With this episode, Prince becomes the only musical guest with the longest gap between appearances (25 years; Prince's first appearance was on the season six episode hosted by Charlene Tilton back in 1981) Prince collaborated with Támar to perform his second song, "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed". This episode was the highest rated episode of the season, drawing 9.3 million viewers. Both the host (Martin) and musical guest (Prince) for this episode were originally supposed to headline the first episode of SNL's 30th season (and both dropped out for personal reasons). With this episode, Paula Pell (one of SNL's writers) returns to the show after her sitcom pilot "Thick & Thin" failed to get picked up and made into a series. 597 (31.13) March 4, 2006 Natalie Portman Fall Out Boy Dennis Haysbert made a live-action cameo during TV Funhouse. 598 (31.14) March 11, 2006 Matt Dillon Arctic Monkeys According to an Interview with Seth Meyers, Matt Dillon did not show up for work until late Tuesday afternoon. This was probably due Matt's attendance at the Oscars in the past weekend. Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner stopped in the middle of the band's performance of "A Certain Romance" and, visibly frustrated with the audience reaction, pointed into the crowd and yelled "That man just yawned!" The band then destroyed their instruments after the performance. 599 (31.15) April 8, 2006 Antonio Banderas Mary J. Blige Former cast member Chris Kattan makes a cameo during Weekend Update. 600 (31.16) April 15, 2006 Lindsay Lohan Pearl Jam Adult film star Savanna Samson makes a quick cameo in the TV Funhouse cartoon. The cameo wasn't seen on many affiliates. Maya Rudolph and Horatio Sanz do not appear in this episode. 601 (31.17) May 6, 2006 Tom Hanks Red Hot Chili Peppers This episode earned a 3.4 rating, 14 share in 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers overall. Seth Meyers does not appear in any sketches. Tom Hanks was originally asked to host the season finale but had prior engagements. 602 (31.18) May 13, 2006 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Paul Simon With this episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus becomes the first former female SNL castmember to come back and host an episode and the fourth castmember from the Dick Ebersol-produced episodes to host (Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, and Martin Short were the previous hosts). This episode garnered a 3.4 rating, 14 share in 18-49, and 8.0 million viewers overall. Special cameos by Al Gore, Jason Alexander, and Jerry Seinfeld. Al Gore's cold opening was written by his daughter and former SNL staff writer Kristin Gore. Al Gore made two appearances during this episode, first giving a cold opening showing an alternate universe under President Al Gore (where Osama bin Laden is caught and gas prices are at their lowest) and later appeared in the weekend update making a debate against Amy Poehler about global warming being bad (Al Gore) or good (Amy Poehler). This episode marked Paul Simon's eighth appearance as musical guest on the show. He performed "How Can You Live in the Northeast?" and "Outrageous". Paul Simon was
asked to appear as a pedophile in the Myspace Seminar sketch but he declined. 603 (31.19) May 20, 2006 Kevin Spacey Nelly Furtado Tina Fey, Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz and Finesse Mitchell's final episode as cast members, and Beth McCarthy Miller's last episode as director. Preceded by Season 30 Saturday Night Live Season 31 Succeeded by Season 32 [show]v • d • eSaturday Night Live History 1975–1980 • 1980–1985 • 1985–1990 • 1990–1995 • 1995–2000 • 2000–2005 • 2005–Present Seasons 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 Related lists Hosts and musical guests (Five-Timers) • Compilation albums and videos • Commercials • Cast members • Writers Recurring characters and sketches Alphabetical • Chronological • By Cast Member • List of recurring Musical Sketches • Weekend Update characters • Short-lived recurring characters Sketch lists TV shows • Animal • Musical • SNL Digital Shorts • TV Funhouse episodes Sketches A Nonpartisan Message from Governor Sarah Palin & Senator Hillary Clinton • Decabet • Barry Gibb Talk Show • Bill Swerski's Superfans • The Blues Brothers • Celebrity Jeopardy! • The Chris Farley Show • Coffee Talk • The Coneheads • The Continental • The Cork Soakers • Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey • Delicious Dish • Gap Girls • Goth Talk • Happy Fun Ball • Hollywood Minute • Jeffrey's • Landshark • Larry the Lobster • Lazy Sunday • More cowbell • The Needlers • Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy • Olympia Cafe • Rialto Grande • The Schoeners • Sprockets • Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber • TV Funhouse • Wake Up and Smile • Wayne's World • Weekend Update • Z105 with Joey Mack Films based on sketches The Blues Brothers (1980) • Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1980) • Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures (1986) • Bob Roberts (1992) • Mr. Saturday Night (1992) • Wayne's World (1992) • Wayne's World 2 (1993) • Coneheads (1993) • It's Pat! (1994) • Stuart Saves His Family (1995) • A Night at the Roxbury (1998) • Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) • Office Space (1999) • Superstar (1999) • The Ladies Man (2000) • Harold (2008) • Key Party (TBD) Characters Adult Students • Bill Brasky • The Bloder Brothers • The Boston Teens • Canteen Boy • Carol • The Church Lady • Debbie Downer • Ed Grimley • Emily Litella • Father Guido Sarducci • Hanukkah Harry • Hans and Franz • Judy Grimes • Lisa Loopner • Lovers • Mango • Mary Katherine Gallagher • Master Thespian • Matt Foley • Merv the Perv • Nick The Lounge Singer • Pat • Roseanne Roseannadanna • Samurai Futaba • The Spartan Cheerleaders • Stuart Smalley • Toonces the Driving Cat • Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer • Velvet Jones • The Whiners Related topics Lorne Michaels • "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" • Dick Ebersol • Don Pardo • Frank Oz • "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" • Jean Doumanian • Jim Henson • Mel Brandt • Saturday Night Live Band • Strategery • Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live_(Season_31)" Category: Saturday Night Live seasons