Season 40 began in the fall of 2014 and ended in the spring of 2015. It marked a major change in style, with new show logos being rolled out. It also marked the beginning of SNL Vintage, the airing of one-hour edits of old episodes at 10 PM.
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There is a new opening montage that was introduced. The SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and cast names are changed to a different font. After LIVE, 40 appears in the logo.
During the credits after written by, writing supervised by is now in credit, just like it was for the first 38 seasons. Dennis McNicholas fills in for Alex Baze. After co producers, Mary Ellen Matthews’ credit scrolls up. Darrell Hammond’s credit scrolls up after scenic shop.
Writing supervised by now had three people. Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider and Kent Sublette. Those people are writing supervised by for this and next season.
Cast member Nasim Pedrad did not return; Pedrad was on board former SNL writer John Mulaney's sitcom Mulaney, which Fox had picked up for the 2014-15 season. Mulaney was originally pitched to NBC for the 2013-14 season, but NBC declined it; Pedrad had stated her intent to leave SNL at that time if the series were picked up.
John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan, all new hires for the previous season, were fired in July 2014. Mike O'Brien, a writer promoted to featured player for season 39, was moved back to the writers' room. Previous Weekend Update anchor Cecily Strong was dropped from her post prior to the start of the season; writer Michael Che was added to the cast and the Update desk. Also added to the cast was new featured player Pete Davidson. Leslie Jones, a writer who had auditioned to join the cast at Christmas break in the previous season, was added to the cast for the October 25 episode.
A fortieth anniversary special aired on February 15, 2015.
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(2014 - 2015)