"Saturday Night Live" returned for its thirty-second season at the heels of a $10 million budget cut, not to mention the dual announcement that not only would no new cast members be hired, but three others would be relieved of their performance duties.
Head writer Tina Fey and long-time cast member Rachel Dratch departed "SNL" to star in the prime-time series "30 Rock", which poked fun at the behind-the-scenes humor of an "SNL"-like sketch comedy show.
After much speculation by viewers, cast members Horatio Sanz and Finesse Mitchell were finally let go, as was Chris Parnell for the second time this century.
Seth Meyers moved up the ranks to be become the new head writer (with Paula Pell and Andrew Steele as his co-horts) and Amy Poehler's co-anchor on "Weekend Update."
Finally, Don Roy King took over as director.