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SNL Opener: Fey Flies, Phelps Sinks

Tina Fey and Michael Phelps by Dana Edelson/NBC

For the first five minutes, Saturday Night Live was brilliant on opening night, living up to our wildest expectations by bringing back Tina Fey (how could they not) to skewer political-media darling Sarah Palin. She nailed the look (those glasses, the blinding red dress), the pinched Fargo voice, the poses (including a hilarious moment in which she toted an invisible shotgun). But where was hunky hubby Todd, preggers daughter Bristol and her boyfriend Levi, and the rest of the clan? They can wait for later satire. The genius of SNL's opening sketch was in giving us Sarah alongside Hillary Clinton, as always played to devastating effect by Amy Poehler (noticeably expecting but game as ever).
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Michael Phelps Hosts, Lil Wayne Performs

Tina Fey is in the house as Sarah Palin and a very pregnant good sport Amy Poehler rocks her Hillary Clinton impression This was a much anticipated and hoped-for pairing and we got it Not only because Tina is the perfect person to play lookalike Palin but because Barack Obama had to cancel at the last second something about not-so-little Hurricane Ike arriving to beat the crapola out of the Texas Gulf Coast Guess he thought that would be in bad taste good guess Hello SNL fans Erin Fox here back to blog the most exciting episodes this season I wont be covering every single episode just the ones with extra special buzz Why Because Id like a life on Saturday nights Stop laughing Its just gonna be the way we roll this season Now on to the showOpening A Nonpartisan message from Sarah Palin and Hillary ClintonOMG How awesomely perfect is Tina Fey as Palin Thank goodness they coaxed her back She nails Palins mannerisms and accent Poehler is amazing as Hillary read more

Live from New York, It’s Obama on SNL!

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Michael Phelps will be sharing the spotlight with Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on this week's premiere episode of Saturday Night Live.Obama will swoop into town briefly to make a cameo on the 34th season opener, reports People. This will be Obama's second appearance on the sketch comedy show. He dropped by last season to perform a hilarious Halloween sketch opposite Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton."The details of the sketch are still being worked out," an Obama spokesperson told People. If they know what's good for them, they'll stay away from any farm animal and lipstick references... or not. Saturday Night Live premieres Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 pm/ET on NBC. What kind of sketch do you want to see Barack rock on SNL? — Erin FoxRelated• Fey as Palin? Rudolph as Obama?• Catch Up on Saturday Night Live Episodes with Our Online Video Guide read more

Oprah to "Welcome Home" U.S. Olympians on Sept. 8

Oprah Winfrey by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

For its 23rd (!) season premiere, The Oprah Winfrey Show will be paid a visit by more than 150 U.S. Olympic team members.The guest list includes gold medalists such as Michael Phelps (who has become about as omnipresent as Eddie Cibrian on ABC), Nastia Liukin, volleyball queens Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, and hoops stars Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Lisa Leslie and Dwayne Wade (who always cracked me up on A Different World).As reported by the AP, the episode tapes Wednesday at Chicago's Millennium Park (to air Sept. 8) and is fancied as a both a "welcome home celebration" for the athletes as well as a showcase for the Windy City, which is among the candidates to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. By noon Saturday, the line of Oprah and Olympic athlete fans hoping to nab one of the 2,000 free tickets up for grabs stretched several blocks. — Matt Mitovich read more

Michael Phelps Named VMA Presenter

Michael Phelps by Jon Furniss/ WireImage.com

Michael Phelps is looking to make a bigger splash on TV than he did at the Water Cube.If appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live isn't enough Phelps for you, the swimmer has been tapped to present at the MTV Video Music Awards, The Associated Press reports.The eight-time Beijing gold medalist is among the latest stars announced as VMA presenters, including Miley Cyrus, Ciara, Lindsay Lohan and Scarlett Johansson. The Los Angeles-based ceremony takes place Sept. 7, a day before Phelps, 23, is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show. Then it's off to New York for SNL rehearsals to prepare for the show's 34th season premiere on Sept. 13. Update: Phelps must have one tired agent — the swimming super-star and endorsement goldmine is now set to be part of HBO's Entourage.Sorry, ladies, but Phelps won't be strutting around L.A. with the boys, according to US . He shot a brief cameo in New York City with Kevin Connolly, who pl... read more

Exclusive: Michael Phelps Makes Splash as SNL Host

Michael Phelps by Nick Laham/Getty Images

The Summer Olympics' outstandingly golden boy, swimmer Michael Phelps, will dive into not-ready-for-primetime television as the guest host of Saturday Night Live's 34th season premiere, TVGuide.com has learned.Airing Sept. 13, the sketch show's season opener will "reunite" Phelps with musical guest Lil Wayne, the source of the gold-medalist's pre-swim warm-up tunes.Phelps, of course, won a record eight gold medals at the Summer Olympics held earlier this month in Beijing. Hopefully, we'll get a sketch poking fun at China's pre-teen female gymnasts. What other Olympic-y topics do you think are ripe for SNL-style skewering?Prior to braving the stage at 30 Rock, Phelps will visit The Tonight Show on Sept. 8. — Matt Mitovich read more

The Phelps Effect: NBC to Televise Swimming Championships

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Newly minted eight-time Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps has said he wants to raise the profile of swimming in America and NBC is helping grant his wish (while hoping to cash in on his success, too). The network announced plans to televise the 2009 world championships, as well as the U.S. championships through 2011. read more

Late Nights With NBC Olympics

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The other night, NBC ran a cute piece toward the end of its prime-time broadcast—which means it probably aired somewhere around midnight—about how people are battling sleep deprivation thanks to how late we’re all staying up to watch the Olympics each night. Somehow I was awake to watch it—although someone in the office told me they saw the piece repurposed at another time, so who knows when I saw it; it’s all a blur.The point being that when big Olympics events are live, as they were the first week of the games with Michael Phelps’ awesome miniseries-like laps of swimming history and the team gymnastics competitions, there’s an undeniable thrill watching them unfold in real time, no matter how late it goes. (I groaned one night last week upon realizing the women’s gymnastics weren’t starting until 11:10 pm/ET, but I stayed glued until well past 1 in the morning. No regrets.)But this week it’s a different story, and it boils down to ... read more

Is Michael Phelps Single?

Michael Phelps by Osports/WireImage.com

With all the time he spends in the pool it would make sense for Michael Phelps to date a fellow swimmer But the eight-time Beijing gold medalist insists he is not hooking up with his teammate Amanda Beard contrary to Internet rumorsNo Im not dating Amanda Beard Ill say that I think she has a boyfriend Phelps told Extra referencing Beards photographer beau Sacha BrownWhile hes happy to debunk rumors the 23-year-old remained coy about his actual dating statusPart of my life is kept to myself Im able to relax and be with my friends he said Those pretty much are the only people who really know the answer to that questionIf Phelps who thinks its pretty cool Carrie Underwood has a crush on him is currently off the market his gal pal may very well be blonde Asked who would play his leading lady in a movie of his life the pool shark didnt hesitate to answer Cameron DiazCameron Diaz seems pretty cool he said She seems like read more

Sports Illustrated Has Phelps' Golden Moment Covered

Michael Phelps cover by Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated

For the third time in five weeks Michael Phelps is gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated but this one is surely the most special In the Aug 25 issue which goes on sale Wednesday Phelps strikes a very Mark Spitz-like pose with his eight gold medals Click here to see the full coverThe photo was taken by Simon Bruty on Sunday shortly after Phelps won his eighth race of the Beijing Games the 4x100-meter medley relayIn related news Phelps agent confirmed to Access Hollywood that the 16-time Olympic medalist will soon appear on a Kelloggs cereal box rather than the more traditional Wheaties read more

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