Saturday Night Live/Season Thirty-Four

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Season Thirty-Four
Saturday Night Live
Season Premiere September 13, 2008
Season Finale May 16, 2009
Episode Count 22 + 7
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Season Thirty-Four of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 13, 2008.

In October 2008, leading up to the US Presidential election, three half-hour specials were aired entitled Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday. The specials essentially extended Weekend Update to thirty minutes with a focus on political satire timed to the presidential election.

In addition to the specials, the season premiered two weeks earlier than usual, allowing them to squeeze in two extra regular episodes before the election and start the season with four consecutive episodes as they did when they returned post strike in the previous season. As a result, the season will have 22 total episodes—the most since the second season. The extra episodes together with the Thursday night specials will give this season more new content than any season save the first.

All cast members from the previous season returned, with the addition of Bobby Moynihan as a featured player. Weekend Update co-anchor Amy Poehler announced that season 34 would be her last after word surfaced that she was cast as the star of Parks and Recreation, a new sitcom helmed by The Office developer Greg Daniels.

Poehler said she would leave the cast either after the presidential election or the birth of her baby, whichever came first, and gave birth hours before episode 6 went live—two weeks before the election. Pretaped bits for that episode and the Presidential Bash were to be her final appearances as a regular, but she unexpectedly reappeared in the December 6 episode as Hilary Clinton and on Weekend Update. She continued to appear until the end of 2008. During Poehler's maternity leave, Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins were added as featured players. Elliot is the daughter of former SNL cast member Chris Elliott.

This season saw the departure of veteran cast member Darrell Hammond, who had been a cast member in the series since 1995, as well as the firing of two featured players, Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins for undisclosed reasons.

Cast

Main Cast:

Featuring:

Episodes

# # Title Airdate
640 1 Michael Phelps/Lil Wayne September 13, 2008
641 2 James Franco/Kings of Leon September 20, 2008
642 3 Anna Faris/Duffy September 27, 2008
643 4 Anne Hathaway/The Killers October 4, 2008
SP26 SNL Weekend Update Thursday (1) October 9, 2008
SP27 SNL Weekend Update Thursday (2) October 16, 2008
644 5 Josh Brolin/Adele October 18, 2008
SP28 SNL Weekend Update Thursday (3) October 23, 2008
645 6 Jon Hamm/Coldplay October 25, 2008
646 7 Ben Affleck/David Cook November 1, 2008
SP29 Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008 November 3, 2008
647 8 Paul Rudd/Beyoncé November 15, 2008
648 9 Tim McGraw/T-Pain/Ludacris November 22, 2008
649 10 John Malkovich/T.I. December 6, 2008
650 11 Hugh Laurie/Kanye West December 13, 2008
SP30 Saturday Night Live Sports Extra 2009 January 4, 2009
651 12 Neil Patrick Harris/Taylor Swift January 10, 2009
652 13 Rosario Dawson/Fleet Foxes January 17, 2009
653 14 Steve Martin/Jason Mraz January 31, 2009
654 15 Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio February 7, 2009
655 16 Alec Baldwin/Jonas Brothers February 14, 2009
656 17 Dwayne Johnson/Ray LaMontagne March 7, 2009
SP31 Saturday Night Live Just Commercials March 8, 2009
657 18 Tracy Morgan/Kelly Clarkson March 14, 2009
658 19 Seth Rogan/Phoenix April 4, 2009
659 20 Zac Efron/Yeah Yeah Yeahs April 11, 2009
660 21 Justin Timberlake/Ciara May 9, 2009
661 22 Will Ferrell/Green Day May 16, 2009
SP32 Saturday Night Live Just Shorts May 17, 2009

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