Sarah Palin and Lorne Michaels
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 ...
William Petersen in CSI
What a night of extremes is this first official (as in mostly complete) Thursday night of the new season. An absolutely terrific CSI opener, with William Petersen hitting a wrenching career high as he and his team deal with the aftermath of last season's dastardly shooting of Warrick (also memorably played in his swan song by Gary Dourdan, who has a heartbreaking scene midway through the episode that cements his relationship with mentor Grissom for all time).
More of the night's best and a look at some of its terrible comedy after the jump.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Molly Shannon and Tina Fey
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
Sarah Palin and Seth Meyers
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 ...
Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is racking up ratings with its political satire this season, so why did NBC yank a popular sketch that skewered Democrats and subprime lenders off the Internet?
The sketch, which lampooned a C-SPAN news conference about the government’s economic bailout package, labeled a couple as "People who should be shot" for making $24 billion off the subprime bonanza. Funny, right? Not when the characters, Herb and Marion Sandler, are a real-life couple who built Golden West Financial into a super lender and sold out to Wachovia.
More details on the controversy after the jump.
Anne Hathaway and Bill Hader
Two days after the actual vice-presidential debate emerged as the most-watched face-off of its kind ever, a Saturday Night Live outing serving up a spoof of the showdown continued the sketch show's election-year resurgence.
This weekend's outing — hosted by a plucky, purty and willing-to-poke-fun-at-herself Anna Hathaway — came within a tenth of a rating point of SNL's boffo season opener, making it the second-highest-rated SNL since Dec. 14, 2002.
Compared to last year's fourth episode, SNL saw a 42 percent increase. To date, the program is up 49 percent from the first four weeks of last season.
I guess one could say that last year's ratings... that last year's ratings... [Snicker]... Palin comparison!
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
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...
After the much buzzed premiere featuring Tina Feys dead-on impersonation of Sarah Palin will SNL be able to top themselves this week Not even close Cameron Diaz did make a cameo appearance but I think the only way to top Feys Palin would be to have Palin herself on the show Cold OpeningDarrell Hammond reprises his role as John McCain who is at a recording session for TV campaign ads Bill Hader plays a voice over artist with a gift for sarcastic tones The campaign ads are completely over the top and McCain asks if the facts in the ads are true Kristen Wiig plays an adviser who spins the facts to make McCain Approve of this message Besides Haders sarcastic voice this opening falls flatter than a pancake I get where they were going with it but they couldnt drive it home MonologueOooh James Franco is looking good He talks about moving to NYC to attend Columbia but just as a student not the movie star wink wink Jason Sudeikis comes out as his R
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...