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. Minor was let go following this season.

This would be Molly Shannon's final season on the show. Leaving mid-season, Shannon surpassed Victoria Jackson as the show's longest-serving female cast member. Maya Rudolph surpassed Shannon's record six years later.

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]

Jim Downey rejoins the writing staff this season.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
HostMusical guest(s)Original air date
4861Rob LoweEminemOctober 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)

4872Kate HudsonRadioheadOctober 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)

4883Dana CarveyThe WallflowersOctober 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)

4894Charlize TheronPaul SimonNovember 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.
4905Calista FlockhartRicky MartinNovember 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)

4916Tom GreenDavid GrayNovember 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" and appears in the "Wedding" sketch.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow appears on Weekend Update.
  • Tom's parents Mary Jane Green and Richard Green appear in the opening monologue and the "Wedding" sketch.
  • Shawn Greenson, Derek Harvie, and Glenn Humplik appear in the "Wedding" sketch.
4927Val KilmerU2December 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.
4938Lucy LiuJay-ZDecember 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)

4949Charlie SheenNelly FurtadoJanuary 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)

49510Mena SuvariLenny KravitzJanuary 20, 2001 (2001-01-20)

  • Former 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.
  • Fred Wesley performs with the SNL Band.
  • 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.
49611Jennifer LopezJennifer LopezFebruary 10, 2001 (2001-02-10)

49712Sean HayesShaggyFebruary 17, 2001 (2001-02-17)

49813Katie HolmesDave Matthews BandFebruary 24, 2001 (2001-02-24)

49914Conan O'BrienDon HenleyMarch 10, 2001 (2001-03-10)

50015Julia StilesAerosmithMarch 17, 2001 (2001-03-17)

50116Alec BaldwinColdplayApril 7, 2001 (2001-04-07)

50217Renée ZellwegerEveApril 14, 2001 (2001-04-14)

50318Pierce BrosnanDestiny's ChildMay 5, 2001 (2001-05-05)

  • Julia Stiles appears in the cold opening, as George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna.
  • Molly Shannon appears in an SNL Digital Short, "Five Finger Di$count".
  • Destiny's Child performs "Survivor" and "Emotion," and also appears in a sketch as former members of "Gemini's Twin", a recurring parody of the group.
50419Lara Flynn BoyleBon JoviMay 12, 2001 (2001-05-12)

50520Christopher WalkenWeezerMay 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)

Specials[edit]

TitleOriginal 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. 
  3. ^ Carter, Bill (13 February 2001). "XFL Game Intrusion on 'Saturday Night Live' Roils NBC Executives". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2017.