Saturday Night Live (season 26)
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|Saturday Night Live (season 26)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||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.
Changes and notes
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.
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".
bold denotes "Weekend Update" anchor
|Host||Musical guest(s)||Original air date|
|486||1||Rob Lowe||Eminem||October 7, 2000|
|487||2||Kate Hudson||Radiohead||October 14, 2000|
|488||3||Dana Carvey||The Wallflowers||October 21, 2000|
|489||4||Charlize Theron||Paul Simon||November 4, 2000|
|490||5||Calista Flockhart||Ricky Martin||November 11, 2000|
|491||6||Tom Green||David Gray||November 18, 2000|
|492||7||Val Kilmer||U2||December 9, 2000|
|493||8||Lucy Liu||Jay-Z||December 16, 2000|
|494||9||Charlie Sheen||Nelly Furtado||January 13, 2001|
|495||10||Mena Suvari||Lenny Kravitz||January 20, 2001|
|496||11||Jennifer Lopez||Jennifer Lopez||February 10, 2001|
|497||12||Sean Hayes||Shaggy||February 17, 2001|
|498||13||Katie Holmes||Dave Matthews Band||February 24, 2001|
|499||14||Conan O'Brien||Don Henley||March 10, 2001|
|500||15||Julia Stiles||Aerosmith||March 17, 2001|
|501||16||Alec Baldwin||Coldplay||April 7, 2001|
|502||17||Renée Zellweger||Eve||April 14, 2001|
|503||18||Pierce Brosnan||Destiny's Child||May 5, 2001|
|504||19||Lara Flynn Boyle||Bon Jovi||May 12, 2001|
|505||20||Christopher Walken||Weezer||May 19, 2001|
|Title||Original air date|
|"2000 Presidential Bash"||November 3, 2000|
|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|
|"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|
|"The Best of Molly Shannon"||March 20, 2001|
|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|
|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.