Saturday Night Live Season 23

Saturday Night Live Season 23

Saturday Night Live aired its twenty-third season during the 1997–98 television season on NBC. The twenty-third season started September 27, 1997 and ended on May 9, 1998, with 20 episodes being produced. A few changes happened before the start of the season; Colin Quinn was promoted to repertory status and Mark McKinney left the show while Fred Wolf left in the start of the twenty-second season. This season was also notable for not having any featured players or any new cast members. This season was also the only season to have an opening sequence that didn't show any shots of New York City, being replaced by a 1950's-inspired design. This season was notable for the controversy surrounding Weekend Update. Anchor Norm Macdonald angered NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer. Macdonald often told O. J. Simpson jokes in the Update segment which upset Ohlmeyer, who was good friends with Simpson and did not find the jokes funny. Ohlmeyer then fired Macdonald from the segment, but not from the show, since Ohlmeyer thought he did better in sketches than on Update. His final Update was in the episode hosted by Helen Hunt. Quinn was then promoted to the job and began anchoring the segment in the episode hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. Even though Macdonald still performed in sketches, he was not happy and his stay on the show was short-lived. He ended up quitting the show a few months after getting demoted from Weekend Update. His final appearance was in the show hosted by Julianne Moore.

NameSaturday Night Live Season 23
Air DateSeptember 27th, 1997
GenreComedy
NetworkNBC
Production CompaniesBroadway Video, NBC Studios, Universal Television
Number of Episodes22 Episodes
Plot Keywordslive, sketch comedy, skit
Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows
Various
Norm Macdonald
Norm Macdonald
Various
Molly Shannon
Molly Shannon
Host
Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
Various
Cheri Oteri
Cheri Oteri
Various
Jim Breuer
Jim Breuer
Various
Darrell Hammond
Darrell Hammond
Various
Ana Gasteyer
Ana Gasteyer
Various
Chris Kattan
Chris Kattan
Various
Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan
Various
Colin Quinn
Colin Quinn
Various

Episodes List