Saturday Night Live (season 26)

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Saturday Night Live (season 26)
The title card for the twenty-sixth season of Saturday Night Live.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network NBC
Original release October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07) – May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
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The twenty-sixth season of Saturday Night Live, an American sketch comedy series, originally aired in the United States on NBC between October 7, 2000, and 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.

Cast[edit]

Changes and notes[edit]

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. Minor was let go after the season ended.

Chris Parnell was fired at the end of this season, but then rehired midway through the next season. Executive producer Lorne Michaels would later admit he made a mistake in firing Parnell from the cast and wanted him back.[1]

With Colin Quinn's seat on "Weekend Update" empty, executive producer Lorne Michaels decided to have two anchors just as the segment had used in the 1970s. Jimmy Fallon and head writer Tina Fey were picked to anchor the segment together. Because of Fey's head writer status, she would appear rarely out of "Weekend Update".

Cast roster[edit]

bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor

Writers[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Host Musical guest(s) Original air date
486 1 Rob Lowe Eminem October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)
487 2 Kate Hudson Radiohead October 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)
488 3 Dana Carvey The Wallflowers October 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)
489 4 Charlize Theron Paul Simon November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
  • Paul Simon performs "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 (2000-11-11)
491 6 Tom Green David Gray November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
  • Drew Barrymore is in the audience and mentioned in the monologue by Tom Green.
  • Tom Green brought in his own writers for this episode, which didn't please the cast.[2]
  • David Gray performs "Babylon."
492 7 Val Kilmer U2 December 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)
  • U2 performs "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation."
  • The previous day marked the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's assassination; Bono paid tribute to Lennon by singing a verse of "All You Need Is Love" over the end of "Beautiful Day."
  • The Director, Associate Directors, and Stage Managers who worked on this episode won a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.
493 8 Lucy Liu Jay-Z December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)
494 9 Charlie Sheen Nelly Furtado January 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)
495 10 Mena Suvari Lenny Kravitz January 20, 2001 (2001-01-20)
  • 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 performs "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 (2001-02-10)
497 12 Sean Hayes Shaggy February 17, 2001 (2001-02-17)
498 13 Katie Holmes Dave Matthews Band February 24, 2001 (2001-02-24)
499 14 Conan O'Brien Don Henley March 10, 2001 (2001-03-10)
500 15 Julia Stiles Aerosmith March 17, 2001 (2001-03-17)
501 16 Alec Baldwin Coldplay April 7, 2001 (2001-04-07)
502 17 Renée Zellweger Eve April 14, 2001 (2001-04-14)
503 18 Pierce Brosnan Destiny's Child May 5, 2001 (2001-05-05)
504 19 Lara Flynn Boyle Bon Jovi May 12, 2001 (2001-05-12)
505 20 Christopher Walken Weezer May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)

Specials[edit]

Title Original air date
"2000 Presidential Bash" November 3, 2000 (2000-11-03)
The special included 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.
"Thursday Night Live (1)" February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01)
"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."
"Thursday Night Live (2)" February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)
"The Best of Molly Shannon" March 20, 2001 (2001-03-20)
The special included 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."
"Mother's Day Special 2001" May 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)
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[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. '^ Graham, Mark (January 14, 2010). "Archers Chris Parnell Talks Well-Endowed Cartoon Characters, Being Fired From SNL Twice". Vulture. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Live From New York, The Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.