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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

The Emmys: History New and Old

Bryan Cranston by Mathew Imaging/WireImage.com

The 60th annual Emmy Awards set out to honor TV history and ended up making a little of its own. As expected, AMC's stylishly adult 60s-era drama Mad Men took home the best drama prize, the first ever for a basic cable series. The upstart channel delivered a much more shocking triumph in Bryan Cranston's surprise (but well-earned) win for Breaking Bad. "She's bald, too," marveled the actor, who shaved his head to play Walter White, a cancer-ravaged teacher-turned-meth dealer. Best known for outrageous comedy roles like the dad in Malcolm in the Middle, Cranston is a well-liked star who was considered an underdog in a strong field that included fellow AMC leading man Jon Hamm of Mad Men, House's Hugh Laurie (amazingly, still empty-handed), Dexter's brilliant Michael C. Hall, In Treatment's brooding Gabriel Byrne and Boston Legal's showboating James Spader.
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Did You Know? Emmy Trivia By the Numbers

The 2008 Emmy Awards Hosts by Bob D' Amico/ABC

Television's biggest day is almost upon us. The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday at 8pm/ET, and while you were finalizing your predictions, we were scratching our heads to come up with awesome Emmy tidbits that will blow your mind… or at least pique your interest. Here are some things you should know about this year's show, along with some things to impress your friends with come Sunday night. — Joyce Eng 0 – NBC received zero nominations in drama series this year, despite the fact that the shortlist includes six shows. It's the first time the Peacock has missed out on a Outstanding Drama Series nod — ever.1 – Who will be the first winner of reality show host? Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest will duke it out.1 – 2008 marks the first time basic cable shows were nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. AMC's Mad Men and FX's Damages share the honor. 1 – Only one of this year's five comedy actor nominees ... read more

Katie Couric Nabs Second Palin Interview

Katie Couric by John Paul Filo/CBS

CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric has landed the second broadcast network interview with Sarah Palin — the first such sit-down since the infamous Tina Fey-SNL skit.According to A HREF="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TV_COURIC_PALIN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-09-17-07-29-49 The Associated Press, CBS confirmed Couric will spend two days on the road with the Republican vice presidential candidate, as well as presidential hopeful John McCain.Couric's reports will air Sept. 29 and 30 on the CBS Evening News and The Early Show.No word on whether any of the interview will air on 60 Minutes.Will you be watching the next Palin interview with Katie Couric asking the tough questions? Or, would you rather re-watch the SNL skit with Tina Fey? — Erin FoxRelated• Sarah Palin Laughed Along with SNL• SNL Opener; Fey Scores! read more

Sarah Palin Laughed Along with Tina Fey's SNL Parody

While you were laughing at Tina Fey's spot-on impression of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live's season premiere, the Republican vice presidential hopeful was too. She thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween," Palin's spokesperson Tracey Schmitt told CBS News.As Palin, Fey teamed up with her former "Weekend Update" co-anchor (tear) Amy Poehler, who revived her now-classic Hillary Clinton parody for a "non-partisan" message about sexism, global warming and foreign policy. "I can see Russia from my house," was perhaps Fey's best line of the sketch.If you haven't seen or heard about the sketch you can watch it below. (But seriously, in what kind of TV and computerless vacuum were you stranded this weekend?). Enjoy, or if you're like us and have seen it 17 times already, re-enjoy! — Adam BryantRelated:• Saturday Night Live Premiere Delivers Ratings Gold• Read Erin's in-depth recap of the SNL premiere•... read more

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

Cheers: SNL's Palin-Clinton: That's the Ticket!

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler/NBC

Cheers to Saturday Night Live for finding the best possible reason to reunite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: a hysterical opening sketch. The ex-"Weekend Update" coanchors and Baby Mama costars brilliantly lampooned Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. (Clinton: "I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy." Palin: "And I can see Russia from my house.") read more

Fey as Palin on SNL? Rudolph as Michelle Obama?

Tina Fey by Heidi Gutman/NBC Photo; Maya Rudolph by Dana Edelson/NBC Universal Photo

Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels hopes to lure back Maya Rudolph to play Michelle Obama, and also has an answer to whether Tina Fey will play Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: Maybe. "There have been discussions," Michaels said Thursday, when asked about the possibility of Fey returning. "They're ongoing."Given that Michaels also exec-produces Fey's 30 Rock, she shouldn't be hard to lock in.The Not Ready for Primetime Players read through a possible Palin skit Wednesday for Saturday's season premiere, hosted by Michael Phelps. The show's Casey Wilson handled Palin duties in the read-through, which helps the show narrow down sketches for show night.But Michaels said he worried the Palin skit might need updating after Palin's first major interview with ABC's Charles Gibson. And of course, no sketch is guaranteed to air. "If you're not doing what just happened... then it's not going to work," he said.Phelps, for his part, says he's ready to go live. "I'm more nervous doing ... read more

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