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McCain Camp Reacts to SNL Parody

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

The minute we all got a look at , the bevy of available jokes was suddenly self-evident. The woman does, after all, look a great deal like comedienne Tina Fey. That Fey is an SNL alum and still pals with NBC is just the icing on the cake. The inevitable SNL season premiere followed, showing the inevitable pairing of screen buds Fey and Amy Poehler as none other than Palin and Hillary Clinton.

The millions of SNL viewers found it hysterical and the video has been posted on a multitude of entertainment sites since. ’s camp, however, didn’t find their funny bones tickled.

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Tina Fey Channels Palin on Saturday Night Live

Although Saturday Night Live was down one Barack Obama (he didn’t appear in light of Hurricane Ike), the audience was up one Tina Fey. As rumored, the former cast member returned to her old stomping grounds last night to portray her political look-alike: Sarah Palin.

In the hilarious opening sketch, Fey touched on several topics from the Charlie Gibson interview (her view of Russia, the Bush Doctrine). Meanwhile, Amy Poehler played an (understandably) jealous and bitter Hillary Clinton.

Amy Poehler to Star in Office Spinoff

Amy PoehlerIn the past few years, fans of the creatively-uneven have seen several great female members leave. First there was Tina Fey, then Maya Rudolph. Now it looks as if Lorne Michaels will soon have another void to fill.

Earlier today, Amy Poehler confirmed to the Associated Press that she too will become part of NBC’s primetime programming. The comedienne, who was just nominated for her SNL work, is set to star in the spinoff of The Office.

The 36-year-old, who is currently pregnant with her first child, could not or would not provide any details about her new role. Aside from the hiring of Aziz Ansari last month, not much is known about the show. It’s actually now being reported that the comedy will not be a spinoff after all; it may instead be a stand-alone series.

When Poehler will depart from the late-night program is not clear at this point. The comedienne says she intends to stay on through at least the elections. After that time, fans can see Amy in her new project when it airs Thursdays @ 9:30 p.m. this winter.

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2008 Primetime Emmy Nominations

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Bright and early this morning, Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominations for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.

This year, we saw many first-timers named, a long list of cable acknowledgements (for pay and basic channels) and several 6-way races.

Topping the noms for drama programs was newcomer ; NBC’s lead all comedy programs. In total, HBO was the most-nominated network while ABC came in second.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Sept. 21 on ABC.

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Emmy Finalists for Acting Categories

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston

Last week, we told you which Emmy contenders were still in the running for the Best Comedy and Best Drama categories. And while these names are not official, we now have the rumored finalists for several of the main acting awards. (NOTE: Some categories have not yet been leaked.)


Best Actor, Drama
  • Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
  • Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Eddie Izzard, The Riches
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Denis Leary, Rescue Me
  • James Spader, Boston Legal  (last year’s winner)

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Oprah News: Dr. Oz, 30 Rock

Dr. Mehmet OzBeing one of ‘s friends definitely has its benefits.

Since the talk show queen was instrumental in getting both Dr. Phil and their own shows, you knew it was just a matter of time before she moved on to her next pet project.  This time, she’ll be responsible for making us sick of Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Up until now, I’ve really liked the doctor. The 47-year-old frequent contributor is very much like that McGraw guy; he tells it like it is.  And guests aren’t afraid to ask him their most embarrassing questions because he’s pleasantly non-judgmental.  (Remember when he hosted that males-only show solo?)  But as likable as the medical expert is, could we tolerate seeing him on a regular basis?

Word has it the latest talk show competitor will hit the airwaves come Fall 2009.  Start prepping your medical questions now.

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Amy Poehler’s Fierce Impression of Christian Siriano

In case you didn’t catch this past weekend, here was the best part of what was yet another unevenly funny program.

In addition to Amy Poehler’s imitation of Project Runway winner , we get cameos from ‘Tim Gunn’ and ‘Heidi Klum’.

(UPDATE:  Real-life Christian apparently enjoyed the skit as well.)

UPDATE:  Rudolph Not Returning to SNL After All

Maya Rudolph Despite their earlier scoop, TV Guide is now doing an about face on their Maya Rudolph report.  It turns out she won’t be renewing her contract as hoped.  After seven seasons on the show, the actress—widely known for her impressions of Oprah, Beyonce and Donatella Versace—is apparently leaving for ‘family-based’ reasons. 

This now leaves only two females behind in the current cast.  While we love Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler, we hope Lorne Michaels can bring them some new help asap.  We’d hate to see these ladies burn out too soon.

(For ANOTHER new development in this story, click here.)

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Amy Poehler, Tina Fey Hit the Big Screen

Tina Fey Amy PoehlerThe pairing of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey may be over at the Weekend Update desk at Saturday Night Live, but they will be starring in a comedy film together. The film Baby Mama is about a single woman who wants to have a child, but is too committed to her professional life to give it up for pregancy. She turns to a surrogate, and the laughs ensue. There are no specifics about which funny lady will play which role, but the film does come from the co-writer of the Austin Power sequels. Production will not begin until next summer, after Poehler is done with SNL and Fey with her new series, 30 Rock. Look for Poehler in the upcoming movies Spring Breakdown, Southland Tales, Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’ and Blades of Glory.

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Jon Stewart Hosting Autism Benefit

Jon Stewart As if you need more proof that Jon Stewart is a good guy… The Daily Show anchor will be hosting an upcoming autism benefit event, titled Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education. Too many stars indeed. Tune in to Comedy Central on October 15th at 8:00 p.m. to see Bob Odenkirk, Adam Sandler, Jack Black, David Cross, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ricky Gervais, Will Ferrell, Norm MacDonald, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Stephen Colbert and Paul Rudd (among others). I’m practically salivating at the thought of the entertainment factor. And all for charity too, benefiting autism education and research programs—what could be better? The benefit will air live from New York City’s Beacon Theater on Comedy Central, with a live simulcast on comedycentral.com. Tune in for this special event.

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