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|Saturday Night Live (season 25)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||October 2, 1999 –|
May 20, 2000
The entire cast from last season returned for another year. Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were all promoted to repertory status, with the cast otherwise unchanged at the start of the season. As the season progressed, the show added two new cast members. Rachel Dratch, recruited from Chicago's The Second City, where she was head writer Tina Fey's comedy partner, joined the show in the episode hosted by Norm Macdonald. Towards the end of the season, Maya Rudolph of The Groundlings joined the show, starting with the episode hosted by John Goodman.
This would be the final season for cast members Tim Meadows, Cheri Oteri and Colin Quinn. Meadows's tenure at Saturday Night Live lasted 10 seasons, having joined the cast in 1991 (at the time of his departure, he was the longest-tenured performer on the show). He decided to leave the show after the season for other acting opportunities.
bold denotes Weekend Update anchor
Contract for new cast members
|“||SNL, they are the not-ready-for-prime-time players. These are people who are just starting out. I challenge you to name a network, much less a show, that has created this many stars, ever ... All we're asking is, somebody who comes in and is, basically, virtually unknown and young has an opportunity to be on a very, very powerful sketch-comedy show and to be able to launch a film career and be in sitcoms. I think that's a pretty great opportunity.||”|
|— Scott Sassa, NBC's West Coast president, at the network's summer press presentation in Pasadena, California|
In July 1999, when executive producer Lorne Michaels held auditions for the season, NBC introduced a new contract for first-year cast members, replacing the five- or six-year deals they had used in the past. The terms were established by NBC executives Scott Sassa and Garth Ancier. According to Peter Bogdanovich, the new contract came with the following terms:
- NBC can take a Saturday Night Live cast member off the show any time after their second year on the program and put them in an NBC sitcom.
- A cast member has the option of saying no to the first two shows proposed by NBC, but must accept the third deal.
- NBC dictates the length of the sitcom contract, which can run as long as six years.
- SNL Films, co-owned by Paramount Pictures, NBC and Lorne Michaels, has a three-movie option that would pay the star a set $75,000 for the first film, $150,000 for the second and $300,000 for the third, rates that used to be negotiable.
- NBC has the option of paying those same amounts to force a cast member to say no to a film deal offered to them by another studio.
The starting salary remained $5,000 per episode.
Starting this season Tina Fey is credited as the writing supervisor.
|Host||Musical guest(s)||Original air date|
|466||1||Jerry Seinfeld||David Bowie||October 2, 1999|
|467||2||Heather Graham||Marc Anthony||October 16, 1999|
|468||3||Norm Macdonald||Dr. Dre featuring |
Snoop Dogg & Eminem
|October 23, 1999|
|469||4||Dylan McDermott||Foo Fighters||November 6, 1999|
|470||5||Garth Brooks||Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines||November 13, 1999|
|471||6||Jennifer Aniston||Sting||November 20, 1999|
|472||7||Christina Ricci||Beck||December 4, 1999|
|473||8||Danny DeVito||R.E.M.||December 11, 1999|
|474||9||Jamie Foxx||Blink-182||January 8, 2000|
|475||10||Freddie Prinze, Jr.||Macy Gray||January 15, 2000|
|476||11||Alan Cumming||Jennifer Lopez||February 5, 2000|
|477||12||Julianna Margulies||DMX||February 12, 2000|
|478||13||Ben Affleck||Fiona Apple||February 19, 2000|
|479||14||Joshua Jackson||'N Sync||March 11, 2000|
|480||15||The Rock (Dwayne Johnson)||AC/DC||March 18, 2000|
|481||16||Christopher Walken||Christina Aguilera||April 8, 2000|
|482||17||Tobey Maguire||Sisqó||April 15, 2000|
|483||18||John Goodman||Neil Young||May 6, 2000|
|484||19||Britney Spears||Britney Spears||May 13, 2000|
|485||20||Jackie Chan||Kid Rock||May 20, 2000|
|Title||Original air date|
|"25th Anniversary Special"||September 26, 1999|
|A special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show. A long list of cast members, guest hosts and others stop by to honor the show's anniversary. Beastie Boys, Elvis Costello, the Eurythmics and Al Green perform. John Belushi, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner and Danitra Vance all received a tribute in the special. Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, James Van Der Beek, Candice Bergen, Garth Brooks, David Bowie, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Michael Douglas, James Downey, Nora Dunn, Al Franken, Sarah Michelle Gellar, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Dennis Miller, Jay Mohr, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, Don Pardo, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Paul Simon, Robert Smigel, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Lily Tomlin, Christopher Walken and many more attended the event.|
|"Best of Game Show Parodies"||February 29, 2000|
|The special presented game show parodies featured on the show. Sketches include "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", "Celebrity Jeopardy", "Old French Whore", "Stand-Up and Win", "Who Wants to Eat?", "The Bensonhurst Dating Game", "Who Wants to Be Groped by an Eleven Thousand-aire?" The clip show was hosted by Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Regis Philbin.|
|"The Best of Tim Meadows"||September 9, 2000|
|A compilation of some of Tim Meadows' sketches from his 10-year stint on the show.|
A Superstar film, based on the Mary Katherine Gallagher sketches, was released on October 8, 1999. Cast members Will Ferrell, Mark McKinney and Molly Shannon appear in the film. The film did modestly well at the box office but was panned by critics.