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October 09, 2008

Palin plays Fey?


Lorne Michaels, you big tease. Is Sarah Palin going to make an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" or not?

Only a handful of episodes left until the election. Tick, tock!

We're perfectly happy with multiple Emmy owner Tina Fey in this doppelganger role, as she's said, until Nov. 5 and not a minute longer. But we can't blame Michaels for a craven desire to keep boosting the ratings of the venerable (and rejuvenated) late-night sketch show by snagging a walk-on from the vp nom herself.

Since he won't say whether Palin will turn up, he hasn't speculated either about what she'd do -- and just how meta that could be -- Palin playing Fey playing Palin?

A heavy dose of politics has been very, very good to "SNL" this season, though Michaels has to keep defending the show against charges that it has a liberal bent that could unduly influence the election. Comedy! Parody! Satire! Get it? Apparently some people don't. Yeah, we're talking to you Carly Fiorina.

Results of the approach are undeniable, though, according to the AP, which dug up these numbers:

8.3 million viewers so far this season

49% increase from last year

9.3 million online views of the "Palin-Clinton" skit

7 million online views of the Couric interview

For some context, though it's comparing apples (network) to oranges (cable), Emmy-hoarding "Daily Show" has been averaging about 1.8 million viewers a night.

Whatever side of the political spectrum you're on, chances are you'll tune in to a Palin/"SNL" cameo. After all, it's OK to watch.


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