Lorne Michaels had wanted to have Carole King and Stevie Wonder as the musical guests for this show. Stevie Wonder would not appear until he was host/musical guest in 1983, and Carole King would make a cameo in 1991.
On the premiere edition of "Weekend Update", Chevy Chase closes with the now-famous ending line, "Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow," which would also go on to be used by Jane Curtin from 1976 to 1980 and by Tina Fey from 2000 to 2006. It is likely that this phrase was loosely based on the closing line, "Good night, and a good tomorrow," as used by John Daly as the sign-off for his ABC nightly newscasts from 1953 to 1960.
It was intended that host George Carlin he would appear in sketches alongside the cast. However, Carlin (who admitted he was "in another world" on cocaine at the time) lost his nerve and backed out of the sketches, forcing the cast to fill in for him. Carlin's appearances were limited to performing excerpts from his stand-up act.
Albert Brooks was approached by Lorne Michaels in 1975 to be the permanent host of show. He turned it down and suggested to Michaels that he use a different host every week. Brooks instead offered to write and direct a series of short films that he produced from Los Angeles.
Dick Ebersol was credited as "Executive Producer for NBC" in this episode. But the credit was removed from subsequent airings because of a network policy that prohibited any NBC executives from taking any on-air credit for programming.
The show was originally entitled "Saturday Night" to avoid confusion with ABC's Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (1975). In an effort to emphasize the live nature of the show, the writers began the tradition of the trademark "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night" line. After ABC's show failed, permission was granted to rename this show, and the first episode to carry the title "Saturday Night Live" was 26 March 1977. The original cast members were known as the Not Ready for Prime-time Players.