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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
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 ...
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Does anyone have Ellen Cleghorn's number?While everyone waits to see if 30 Rocker Tina Fey will moonlight on Saturday Night Live as Sen. John McCain's VP pick, Sarah Palin, the long-running sketch show has a bigger and perhaps longer-term gap to fill.Conventional wisdom says that if super-busy Fey can't make time to channel the governor of Alaska, the likes of Kristen Wiig could ably slip on some character glasses and step in. Easy 'nuff. (Just make sure there's a prop baby squirming in the background at all times, even if the scene takes place at, say, midnight.)Elsewhere on the two tickets, you have Darrell Hammond as McCain, Fred Armisen as Barack, and probably Jason Sudeikis as Biden. Amy Poehler, though pregnant, is a spot-on Cindy McCain.But finding someone on the current ensemble to send up Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, is a bigger row to hoe. Kenan Thompson in drag? So not going to happen. Maya Rudolph? Long gone.The buzz over at SNL is that the show really ...
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New releases announced today, September 5:
Saturday Night Live - The Complete 4th Season will be coming out December 2
Knight Rider - An Icon Reborn (2008 series pilot) is currently available (while supplies last) as part of a retailer promotional event
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Question: Last season it seemed as though Seth Meyers was hardly on Saturday Night Live, except for "Weekend Update," of course. In past seasons he was on all the time, seeming to be SNL's "go-to" guy. Any idea of he was so absent last year and if the trend will continue in the upcoming season?
Answer: With Tina Fey's departure for 30 Rock, Seth Meyers graduated to the head writer position on Saturday Night Live, which apparently keeps him too busy to appear on camera for anything but the co-anchoring. I'd imagine for as long as he stays in that position, his appearing in sketches is largely a thing of the past ...
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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
Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers stopped by our TVGuide.com studios to talk about his new online series, The Line. We're used to seeing Meyers serving up laughs as co-anchor of the hilarious "Weekend Update" (among other skits), but this time actor-writer decided to direct the seven webisodes about two friends who wait in line for 11 days to get primo spots for the opening showing of the (fictional) movie, Future Space. I had the chance to ask Meyers about stepping behind the lens for the first time, working with his SNL castmates Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis and if he's ready to direct again. Erin Fox
Funny or Die founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage.com
Comedy website FunnyorDie.com is really bringing out the big guns to head up its new programming development deal with HBO. Twelve-year Saturday Night Live vet Andrew Steele will be joining the site as creative director, overseeing the unconventionally formatted content for the pay-cable network, as well as churning out the website's widely popular original videos ala "The Landlord" or "God Cop, Bad Baby."Funny or Die founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who both worked with the SNL writer during their stints on the steadfast sketch-comedy series, told Variety that Steele was exactly who they were looking for to fill the position especially since Ferrell finds him to be "one of the funniest people on the planet, not counting South America and parts of Russia." Gina DiNunno
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New releases announced today, July 21:Knight Rider - The Complete Series will be coming out October 21 Millennium Complete Series will be coming out October 28 Mr. Peepers - Season 2 will be coming out November 11 Saturday Night Live - The Complete 4th Season will be coming out December 2 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
Saturday Night Live by Dana Edelson/NBC Photo
The cajillionth season of NBC's Saturday Night Live will premiere Sept. 13, affording it seven airings before Election Day and thus 22 in total for the season, or two more than usual. As previously reported, a trio of special Thursday editions now awkwardly entitled Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday will air at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16 and 23. Matt Mitovich