Michaels Wants Fey for SNL's Palin
Saturday Night Live creator, executive producer Lorne Michaels: Discussions ongoing with Tina Fey to portray Sarah Palin.
By Lucy Hemmings & Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/11/2008 10:42:00 AM
Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said the show is talking with Tina Fey about playing Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin at some point this season, possibly as soon as this Saturday's season premiere.
"There are discussions [with Tina]," Michaels said during a conference call with reporters. "They are ongoing.”
Rumors have been swirling that Fey will portray Palin, at least for the season premiere, following an interview with 24-year-old SNL scribe Simon Rich in New York magazine. Fans online have posted pictures of Fey next to Palin, pointing out similarities.
Michaels isn’t hedging all of his bets on Fey, however. He said current cast member Casey Wilson has read for the part of Palin.
In addition to bringing back Fey, Michaels added that he would like to bring back former cast member Maya Rudolph to play Michelle Obama, although that has not been finalized.
The season premiere of SNL Sept. 13 will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist and NBC ratings-getter Michael Phelps.
Phelps' appearances during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno brought in stellar numbers for their network. Now NBC is hoping that he can bring that magic to the 34th season premiere of SNL.
Hi Qbody...I thought the exact same thing!!!! Tina Fey has a remarkable
resemblance to Gov. Palin...and the skit was hilarious ...can't wait for next
Tina - 9/14/2008 11:42:00 AM EDT
You can see the easy skit that's already written, just by having Tina Fey play Sarah Palin and Amy Pohler playing Cindy McCain.
Bob - 9/13/2008 8:01:00 AM EDT
When Sara Palin was announced as the VP canidate, I said the Tina Fey should play her on SNL. Freaky!!!
Qbody - 9/11/2008 10:30:00 PM EDT
Julia Sweeney is the former SNL cast member who should be brought back to play Palin! It's the voice. She is totally Palin's doppleganger vocally....that's the tricky part in portraying someone. Hair/makeup/wardrobe could make a man look sufficiently like Palin that we'd know that's who he was supposed to be. The real comedic test is getting the voice and mannerisms right. When I heard Palin speak on the radio I IMMEDIATELY thought, OMG, it's Julia Sweeney. If they're going to bring back an old SNL alumni she'd be perfect.....and probably not as expensive as Tina Fey!
Janel Harris - 9/11/2008 5:16:00 PM EDT
This is a no-brainer. In an Alaska October 2006 televised gubernatorial debate, Palin answered the question, who would you be for Halloween, "Tina Fey."
Barbara McDaniel - 9/11/2008 4:40:00 PM EDT
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