Saturday Night Live (season 26)
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The Saturday Night Live title card as seen in the opening credits of the 26th season.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original run||October 7, 2000 – May 19, 2001|
This season featured satire of the 2000 U.S presidential election, including the Republican and Democratic primaries, the campaigns of Vice President Gore, Texas Governor George W. Bush, and Ralph Nader, the Florida election recount, and the Bush v. Gore case that came before the U.S. Supreme Court. The season also featured two prime-time February 2001 specials that parodied the CBS reality show Survivor.
Before the start of the season Cheri Oteri, Colin Quinn, and Tim Meadows left the show. With the three of them gone, the show added two new cast members. SNL head writer Tina Fey and Second City comedian Jerry Minor joined the cast as featured players at the start of the season. Fey had been a writer on the show since 1997 and began as the show's head writer in 1999. Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph remained featured players.
This would be Molly Shannon's final season on the show, leaving mid-season. Chris Parnell and Jerry Minor were both let go after this season ended. However, Chris Parnell would be re-hired midway through the next season. Michaels would later admit he made a mistake in firing Parnell from the cast and wanted him back.
With Colin Quinn's seat on Weekend Update empty, executive producer Lorne Michaels decided to have two anchors just as SNL had had in the 1970s. Jimmy Fallon and head writer Tina Fey were brought up to anchor the segment together. Because of Fey's head writer status she would appear rarely out of Weekend Update.
- bold denotes Weekend Update anchor only
|No.||#||Host(s)||Musical guest(s)||Original airdate|
|486||1||Rob Lowe||Eminem||October 7, 2000|
Tina Fey and Jerry Minor's first episode as cast members.
Brendan Fraser cameos in a sketch featuring Chris Kattan getting ready for the next sketch like the athletes featured in the Olympic Profiles segment.Eminem performed "Stan" (with Dido) and "The Real Slim Shady".
|487||2||Kate Hudson||Radiohead||October 14, 2000|
Nomar Garciaparra appears as himself during a Sully and Denise sketch.Radiohead performed "The National Anthem" and "Idioteque."
|488||3||Dana Carvey||The Wallflowers||October 21, 2000|
|Baha Men make a surprise appearance and perform "Who Let the Dogs Out?".|
|489||4||Charlize Theron||Paul Simon||November 4, 2000|
Paul Simon performed "Hurricane Eye" and "Old."SNL writer and stand up Hugh Fink appears as himself on Weekend Update in a commentary on Judaism and Joe Lieberman.
|490||5||Calista Flockhart||Ricky Martin||November 11, 2000|
Chris Kattan impersonates Ricky Martin right before the real Ricky Martin performs the song "Loaded" (from Martin's album Sound Loaded).Giovanni Hidalgo performed percussion during Ricky Martin's musical performances.
|491||6||Tom Green||David Gray||November 18, 2000|
Drew Barrymore was in the audience, and mentioned in the monologue by Tom Green, who said he would like to marry her during the show. Barrymore agreed, but changed her mind 5 minutes before the live ceremony was to take place.
Tom Green brought in his own writers for this episode, which didn't please the cast.David Gray performed "Babylon."
|492||7||Val Kilmer||U2||December 9, 2000|
|493||8||Lucy Liu||Jay-Z||December 16, 2000|
|Jay-Z performed "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and "Is That Your Chick," and cameos in the Robert Goulet Rap Album sketch. In that sketch, Jay-Z mutters the word, "Shit!" when the ashes of his cigar fall off.|
|494||9||Charlie Sheen||Nelly Furtado||January 13, 2001|
|495||10||Mena Suvari||Lenny Kravitz||January 20, 2001|
Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno makes a special appearance in the "Janet Reno's Dance Party" sketch where she confronts the "Janet Reno" portrayed by Will Ferrell.Lenny Kravitz performed "Again" and "Mr. Cab Driver," and appears in two live sketches as himself; one as holding auditions for Kyle and Sean DeMarco (Chris Kattan and Chris Parnell) and another going through airport security.
|496||11||Jennifer Lopez||Jennifer Lopez||February 10, 2001|
|Tom Hanks makes a guest appearance during Weekend Update.|
|497||12||Sean Hayes||Shaggy||February 17, 2001|
|498||13||Katie Holmes||Dave Matthews Band||February 24, 2001|
|Dave Matthews Band performed "I Did It" and "The Space Between."|
|499||14||Conan O'Brien||Don Henley||March 10, 2001|
With this episode, Conan O'Brien becomes the first SNL writer who never became a cast member to come back and host, and the second NBC late-night talk show host to host SNL (ironically, after Jay Leno, who hosted back in 1985 when he was just known as a stand-up comic).
Ben Affleck appears at the end of the "Boston Teens at the Liquor Store" sketch.Don Henley performed "Everything Is Different Now" and "The Heart of the Matter."
|500||15||Julia Stiles||Aerosmith||March 17, 2001|
|Aerosmith performed "Jaded" and "Big Ten Inch Record."|
|501||16||Alec Baldwin||Coldplay||April 7, 2001|
|David Spade makes a cameo appearance on Weekend Update to plug his movie Joe Dirt. Co-star Kid Rock also makes an appearance and does a few "Hollywood Minute" jokes.|
|502||17||Renée Zellweger||Eve & Gwen Stefani||April 14, 2001|
|Molly Shannon makes an appearance.|
|503||18||Pierce Brosnan||Destiny's Child||May 5, 2001|
|Julia Stiles made a cameo appearance in the cold opening, as George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna.|
|504||19||Lara Flynn Boyle||Bon Jovi||May 12, 2001|
|Lou Reed makes an appearance on Weekend Update.|
|505||20||Christopher Walken||Weezer||May 19, 2001|
Former cast member Kevin Nealon appears during Weekend Update to tell viewers that he's not on SNL anymore and that viewers who do see him are watching reruns from the 1990s that at the time aired on Comedy Central.
Winona Ryder appears during The Weekend Update Cliffhanger.Note: This was the last episode to air before the 9/11 attacks
|1||"2000 Presidential Bash"||November 3, 2000|
|The special featured some of the best election material from this year and years past. Rachel Dratch, Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond hosted the special while doing a number of different impressions. This special also featured cameo appearances from George W. Bush, Al Gore, Jesse Ventura, George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush and Dana Carvey.|
|2||"Thursday Night Live (1)"||February 1, 2001|
|"The Culps' Mandatory Drug Awareness Assembly" sketch from this episode was included in the prime-time special "SNL Mother's Day Special 2001" as well as the clip show "The Best of Will Ferrell."|
|3||"Thursday Night Live (2)"||February 8, 2001|
|4||"The Best of Molly Shannon"||March 20, 2001|
|The special featured some of the best material featuring Molly Shannon during her stint on the show. Sketches include "Mary Katherine Gallagher," "Leg Up," "The Courtney Love Show," "Pretty Living," "Delicious Dish," "Rockettes Auditions," "Monica Lewinsky in Congress," "Fanatic" (film), "Blind Date At The Airport," "Veronica and Co.," "Dame Elizabeth Taylor," and "Jeannie Darcy."|
|5||"Mother's Day Special 2001"||May 13, 2001|
|The first SNL Mother's Day special since 1993, the episode featured the cast and their mothers talking about their favorite sketches aired on the show. Sketches included "Behind the Music: Rock & Roll Heaven", "TRL: Gemini's Twin", "Mango vs. J.Lo", "The Weakest Link" and more. This special contained a special tribute to singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton, who was the mother of cast member Maya Rudolph.|
The Ladies Man film
Based on Leon Phelps' popular sketches, The Ladies Man film was released on October 13, 2000. The film's star Tim Meadows left Saturday Night Live at the end of the previous season but returned to promote the film in the first episode of this season. The movie was panned by critics and flopped at the box office.
- Live From New York, The Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.