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Season 39 began on September 28, 2013 and ended on May 17, 2014.

Cast changes

Prior cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis had left the show at the end of season 38, and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers left mid-season on February 1st to prepare for his new job, hosting Late Night. Tim Robinson, who had joined the show as a cast member in the previous season, transferred to the writing staff.

The cast ballooned compared to the previous season, with six new people added before the start of the year: Beck Bennett, Noël Wells, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, and Brooks Wheelan all joined the cast as featured players; O'Brien was promoted from the writers' room. Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong were promoted to repertory status. Strong also became co-anchor of Weekend Update at the beginning of the season.[1]

The season was more eventful than the last several. Kenan Thompson gave an interview to TV Guide in October, where he criticized the show's lack of black females on the cast, and publicly refused to continue to dress in drag on the show.[2] This was a point of humor in the November 2 show, hosted by Kerry Washington. With the flurry of press attention that followed, Lorne Michaels and NBC decided to add a black woman to the cast, leading to Sasheer Zamata joining after Christmas break.[3][4]

Also in the news was the shift in late night programming, an extension of the 2010 Tonight Show conflict, which meant SNL alum Jimmy Fallon moving from the 12:35 Late Night to the 11:35 Tonight Show, and current cast member Seth Meyers taking over the 12:35 show. The transition took place during the gap created by the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; Meyers last show was February 1, his Late Night started in the last week of February, and when SNL resumed on March 1, Meyers was gone and head writer Colin Jost had joined the cast in his place. (Jost had been a writer since Season 31, and was head writer for seasons 38 and 39.) Jost joined Strong at the Weekend Update desk.

This was the final season for Nasim Pedrad. Her intent to leave SNL was on June 2014 to prepare for John Mulaney's new sitcom Mulaney. It was the only season for new hires Noël Wells, John Milhiser, Mike O'Brien, and Brooks Wheelan; Wells, Milhiser, and Wheelan were dropped from the show entirely, while O'Brien returned to the writers' room.

This season was also the last for long-time announcer Don Pardo, who died over the summer following the season finale.

The opening montage is still the same, only Cecily Strong’s photo was changed.

Writing credits

For this season only, after written by, additional sketch by scrolls up before writing supervised by. Pete Schultz is a weekend update producer. His credit is before production designers and after Alex Baze’s credit. Rachel Lynn is digital producer. Her credit is before Mary Ellen Mathews’ credit and after co producers.

Writing supervised by has now Bryan Tucker and Marika Sawyer. On some episodes, it adds John Solomon. Starting on the episodes where Colin Jost starts being a cast member on SNL, Marika Sawyer and John Solomon are writing supervised by. On the episode where Louis CK hosts, Robert Smigel is credited for additional sketch by. On the episode where Anna Kendrick hosts, Sam Means is credited for additional sketch by. On the episode where Seth Rogen hosts, Dan Mirk is credited for additional sketch by. On the episode where Andrew Garfield hosts, Mike Scollins is credited for additional sketch by. Scollins is also credited for that credit in the episode where Charlize Theron hosts. On the episode where Andy Samberg hosts, two people are credited for additional sketch by.

This is the last season in which Alex Baze was weekend update supervising producer. His retirement was after the show ended. His retirement was announced at the end of May.

Cast

Changes

Not returning

· Fred Armisen
· Bill Hader
· Jason Sudeikis
· Tim Robinson

New

· Beck Bennett
· John Milhiser
· Kyle Mooney
· Mike O'Brien
· Noël Wells
· Brooks Wheelan

Promoted

· Aidy Bryant
· Kate McKinnon
· Cecily Strong

Mid-season changes

· Sasheer Zamata (first January 18)
· Seth Meyers (last February 1)
· Colin Jost (first March 1)

Repertory

Portal 38 - Vanessa Bayer.jpg  Portal 38 - Aidy Bryant.jpg  Portal 38 - Taran Killam.jpg 

Portal 38 - Kate McKinnon.jpg  Portal 38 - Seth Meyers.jpg  Portal 38 - Bobby Moynihan.jpg 

Portal 38 - Nasim Pedrad.jpg  Portal 38 - Jay Pharoah.jpg  Portal 38 - Cecily Strong.jpg 

Portal 38 - Kenan Thompson.jpg 

Featured

Portal 38 - Beck Bennett.jpg  Portal 38 - Colin Jost.jpg  Portal 38 - John Milhiser.jpg 

Portal 38 - Kyle Mooney.jpg  Portal 38 - Mike O'Brien.jpg  Portal 38 - Noel Wells.jpg 

Portal 38 - Brooks Wheelan.jpg  Portal 38 - Sasheer Zamata.jpg 

Episodes

Date Image Host Music Guest
September 28, 2013 13ahost1.jpg Tina Fey Arcade Fire
October 5, 2013 13bhost1.jpg Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus
October 12, 2013 13chost1.jpg Bruce Willis Katy Perry
October 26, 2013 13dhost1.jpg Edward Norton Janelle Monáe
November 2, 2013 13ehost3.jpg Kerry Washington Eminem
November 16, 2013 13fhost2.jpg Lady Gaga Lady Gaga
November 23, 2013 13ghost1.jpg Josh Hutcherson HAIM
December 7, 2013 13hhost1.jpg Paul Rudd One Direction
December 14, 2013 13ihost1.jpg John Goodman Kings of Leon
December 21, 2013 13jhost1.jpg Jimmy Fallon Justin Timberlake
January 18, 2014 13khost1.jpg Drake Drake
January 25, 2014 13lhost1.jpg Jonah Hill Bastille
February 1, 2014 13mhost1.jpg Melissa McCarthy Imagine Dragons
March 1, 2014 JimParson.jpg Jim Parsons Beck
March 8, 2014 13ohost2.jpg Lena Dunham The National
March 29, 2014 LouieCK04.jpg Louis C.K. Sam Smith
April 5, 2014 NBC-SNL-1658-BUMPER-PHOTOS-005.jpg Anna Kendrick Pharrell
April 12, 2014 SNL1659 BUMPER PHOTOS006.jpg Seth Rogen Ed Sheeran
May 3, 2014 Andrew Garfield.jpg Andrew Garfield Coldplay
May 10, 2014 Charlize Theron.jpg Charlize Theron The Black Keys
May 17, 2014 13uhost6.jpg Andy Samberg St. Vincent

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