Saturday Night Live/Season Thirty-Two

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Season Thirty-Two
Saturday Night Live
Season Thirty-Two
Season Premiere September 30, 2006
Season Finale May 19, 2007
Episode Count 20 + 2 Specials
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Season Thirty-Two (2006–07) of Saturday Night Live premiered on September 30, 2006. It gained attention in the mainstream press due to an announcement that the cast and crew would be vastly different from that of the previous season in the greatest mass exodus since Season Twenty-Six.

After nearly a decade as head writer and later cast member, Tina Fey left to start her own sitcom, 30 Rock, and she took with her best friend Rachel Dratch. Fey's departure meant Seth Meyers was promoted to head writer and took her chair as co-anchor for Weekend Update. In addition, Lorne Michaels fired three members of the cast—Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz and Finesse Mitchell—due to budgetary reasons. However, all four former featured cast members—Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig—who had proven popular (Samberg in particular with his "digital shorts"), were promoted to official cast members, making this the first season since Season Twenty-Three to have no featured players.

In addition to Fey's departure as head writer, Beth McCarthy Miller also left her eleven-season position as director, to be replaced by Don Roy King—only the third person in history to serve in that role. This season also saw the return of former head writer Paula Pell, who left the show in season 30 in order to create a sitcom which was not picked up. She returned as the third head writer for the season alongside Meyers and Andrew Steele.

Stylistically, the series is more similar to the first six seasons of the series than it is what it had grown into throughout the mid-1990s and early 2000s. While there is no one reason for why the change has been so sweeping, the small cast size and the change in directors may have had a big part in it. Although there have been trademark recurring characters littered throughout the season, there has also been a greater focus on absurd or short recurring sketches like "MacGruder," which appeared several times throughout a single episode.

Cast

Episodes

# # Title Airdate
608 1 Dane Cook/The Killers September 30, 2006
609 2 Jaime Pressly/Corinne Bailey Rae October 7, 2006
610 3 John C. Reilly/My Chemical Romance October 21, 2006
611 4 Hugh Laurie/Beck October 28, 2006
SP23 The Best of Darrell Hammond November 4, 2006
612 5 Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera November 11, 2006
613 6 Ludacris November 18, 2006
614 7 Matthew Fox/Tenacious D December 2, 2006
615 8 Annette Bening/Gwen Stefani & Akon December 9, 2006
616 9 Justin Timberlake (2) December 16, 2006
617 10 Jake Gyllenhaal/The Shins January 13, 2007
618 11 Jeremy Piven/AFI January 20, 2007
619 12 Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen February 3, 2007
620 13 Forest Whitaker/Keith Urban February 10, 2007
621 14 Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire February 24, 2007
622 15 Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Snow Patrol March 17, 2007
623 16 Peyton Manning/Carrie Underwood March 24, 2007
624 17 Shia LaBeouf/Avril Lavigne April 14, 2007
625 18 Scarlett Johansson/Björk April 21, 2007
SP24 Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation May 6, 2007
626 19 Molly Shannon/Linkin Park May 12, 2007
627 20 Zach Braff/Maroon 5 May 19, 2007