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Saturday Night Live/Season Twenty-Six

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Season Twenty-Six
Saturday Night Live
Season Twenty-Six
Season Premiere October 7, 2000
Season Finale May 19, 2001
Episode Count 21 + 4
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Season Twenty-Six (2000-2001) of Saturday Night Live premiered on October 7, 2000. It featured a noticeably stripped-down cast compared to previous seasons. The departures of Tim Meadows, Cheri Oteri, Colin Quinn and Molly Shannon left a mere eight "official" cast members, smaller than any cast the show had throughout the entire 1990s. Perhaps the most significant departure of those four was Meadows'—with seven seasons as an official cast member and another three as a featured cast member, he held what was, at the time, the record for the longest run on the show. Mere days after the season premiere, Meadows premiered in the film The Ladies' Man, a film adaptation of his most popular recurring character. Quinn, too, left an important gap, in that he had anchored Weekend Update. To replace him, WU broke with the single-anchor tradition established in the 1980s and 90s and returned to a two-anchor format (not seen since 1981) with Jimmy Fallon and head writer Tina Fey in the chairs. This format would continue throughout the 2000s. However, perhaps due to a "wait-and-see" attitude towards the move, Fey would be credited as a featured cast member throughout the season. In addition, neither of Season Twenty-Five's recurring cast members (Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph) ascended to official cast position, although Dratch in particular (a good friend of Fey's) received significant screen time, as she had in Season Twenty-Five.

Contents

In-Depth

Cast Members

Featured Cast

Episodes

# # Title Airdate
488 1 Rob Lowe/Eminem October 7, 2000
489 2 Kate Hudson/Radiohead October 14, 2000
490 3 Dana Carvey/The Wallflowers October 21, 2000
SP3 Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash November 3, 2000
491 4 Charlize Theron/Paul Simon November 4, 2000
492 5 Calista Flockhart/Ricky Martin November 11, 2000
493 6 Tom Green/David Gray November 18, 2000
494 7 Val Kilmer/U2 December 9, 2000
495 8 Lucy Liu/Jay-Z December 16, 2000
496 9 Charlie Sheen/Nelly Furtado January 13, 2001
497 10 Mena Suvari/Lenny Kravitz January 20, 2001
SP4 Thursday Night Live (I) February 1, 2001
SP5 Thursday Night Live (II) February 8, 2001
498 11 Jennifer Lopez February 10, 2001
499 12 Sean Hayes/Shaggy February 17, 2001
500 13 Katie Holmes/Dave Matthews Band February 24, 2001
501 14 Conan O'Brien/Don Henley March 10, 2001
502 15 Julia Stiles/Aerosmith March 17, 2001
503 16 Alec Baldwin/Coldplay April 7, 2001
504 17 Renee Zellweger/Eve April 14, 2001
505 18 The Best of Molly Shannon April 28, 2001
506 19 Pierce Brosnan/Destiny's Child May 5, 2001
507 20 Lara Flynn Boyle/Bon Jovi May 12, 2001
SP6 Mother's Day Special May 13, 2001
508 21 Christopher Walken/Weezer May 19, 2001