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Popular Vote: Sarah Palin's Saturday Night Live Visit Delivers Best Ratings in 14 Years

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Sarah Palin made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live this week, and though her parts were small, she proved to have a great sense of humor about herself. The show's overnight ratings, meanwhile, were serious business, giving SNL its largest audience since March 12, 1994 (when Nancy Kerrigan hosted with musical guest Aretha Franklin).

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Saturday Night Live: Josh Brolin Hosts, Adele Performs

Aw, yeah. Are you ready for the most anticipated episode of SNL since …since …well, I have no idea when, but this mother is gonna rock our worlds (Using the power of positive thinking there). Tina Fey played Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin played Sarah Palin but Josh Brolin, who is here promoting his new movie W., did not play the president in any of his sketches (save a few moments in the monologue. In other news, Amy Poehler may give birth on stage. The last part is just a guess considering the woman never stops working and I feel like she's been pregnant for a year...

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Lorne Michaels: Palin SNL Appearance Will Happen "All in Good Time"

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A Sarah Palin-Tina Fey Saturday Night Live showdown will happen "all in good time," Lorne Michaels told The Associated Press.

The executive producer's tease comes after Seth Meyers asserted there was "no truth" to the slew of Palin rumors, but would love to have her on.

Michaels, though, shared that he wasn't ...
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The Women of SNL Bring the Funny

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In their oral history of Saturday Night Live, Live from New York, Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller revealed an unfortunate legacy of sexism. Many of the show's female writers and cast members, chief among them Nora Dunn, told of difficulty in getting skits on the air and of generally being taken seriously by their male counterparts. That was then… and now six prominent alumnae will back on the tube this fall in five successful returning shows and one promising newcomer. (Also, a series of six special all-politics Thursday episodes of SNL begin October 9 at 9:30 pm/ET on NBC.) In the meantime, let's check in with these smart, talented women.

After the jump, see who made our list of today's most successful female Saturday Night Live veterans... read more

Seth Meyers: "No Truth" to Sarah Palin Appearing on SNL

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The most anticipated showdown this week may not happen.

Contrary to rumors, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is not scheduled to appear on Thursday's primetime edition of Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers told New York's Newsday.

"Of those specific rumors, there's no truth," he said. "We do have an open door policy, but there's nothing specific yet, but our window of opportunity is ...
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Saturday Night Live Episode Recap: Anne Hathaway Hosts, The Killers Perform

I think we all knew that Tina Fey would be back as Sarah Palin this week, but we also got a surprise visit from Queen Latifah as Vice Presidential Debate moderator Gwen Ifil. Jason Sudeikis played a mean (as in funny) Joe Biden, but Tina once again stole the show with her dead-on Palin impersonation, and even gave a shout out to those "Joe-six packs" who are playing a drinking game. Ha! Long live Tina Fey!

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Anne Hathaway Hosts, The Killers Perform

I think we all knew that Tina Fey would be back as Sarah Palin this week but we also got a surprise visit from Queen Latifah as Vice Presidential Debate moderator Gwen Ifil Jason Sudeikis played a mean as in funny Joe Biden but Tina once again stole the show with her dead-on Palin impersonation and even gave a shout out to those Joe-six packs who are playing a drinking game Ha Long live Tina FeyThe cold opening The Vice Presendential DebateIve been waiting for this all week and it didnt disappoint Tina Fey and Jason Sudeikis play Sarah Palin and Joe Biden perfectly and the writers nailed the more ridiculous aspects of each candidates performance For example Joe Biden would say how much he loved John McCain and then would trash him And Sarah oh Sarah she just kept repeating the fact that she and McCain were mavericks and wouldnt answer the question she was actually being asked Some of the best linesBiden I love John McCain Hes one of my dearest friends read more

Tina Fey Reportedly Offered $6 Million Book Deal

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Everyone wants a piece of Tina Fey. The 30 Rock creator and former Saturday Night Live star has been everywhere lately — from winning three Emmys to flawlessly impersonating Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. But now, publishers who have been hounding her to write a book are turning up the heat to capitalize on her brighter-than-ever star. According to the New York Post, agent Richard Abate was feeling out publishers, one of whom reportedly offered to pay a $5 million advance. That offer launched a bidding war which, according to sources, sent the payday toward $6 million. Although Fey has not met with anyone (how could she possibly have the time?) and no proposal is on the table, the book is not being pitched as a memoir, but rather as humorous nonfiction. Would you buy Fey's book? And is there anything this woman can't do? — Adam BryantRelated:• Tina Fey Reprises Her Role as Palin on SNL • John Adams, Mad Men, 30 Rock Win Big at Emmys read more

Cheers: Julia Invades Emmy Territory

Cheers to Julia Louis-Drefyus for proving she's not a sore loser. The New Adventures of Old Christine star, who lost the best comedy actress Emmy to Tina Fey, participated in an hysterical bit on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in which she broke into the 30 Rocker's dressing room and stole the statuette. Fey suddenly showed up and told Louis-Dreyfus to keep the award, but demanded Conan return what he'd swiped: a pair of Tina's panties. As Elaine Benes might've said: Get out! Watch it here!
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Tina Fey Reprises Her Role as Palin on SNL

Saturday Night Live knows a good thing when it sees it. After helping to usher in the late-night comedy sketch show's largest audience in seven years, former cast member and head writer Tina Fey returned to SNL to again play Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin. Fey was again joined in the opening sketch by Amy Poehler, who this time played CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric in a lampooning of the Republican vice presidential hopeful's real-life interview earlier in the week. With Poehler playing it straight, Fey turned her spot-on impression up a few notches, mainly poking more fun at Palin's experience with foreign affairs (how could they resist another Alaska-Russia joke?) and her way of talking around the economic crisis. The sketch finished with Fey asking to "use a lifeline" and "phone a friend," as if she were on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. When Poehler corrected her, Fey quoted one of Palin's frequent lines from the real interview: "Well, in that case, I'm just gonna have to get ba... read more

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