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Good News from ''SNL''

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 20, 2005

This arrived in today's e-mail, from NBC:

"Weekend Update" co-anchor Tina Fey will return to her post as fake news anchor this Saturday on "Saturday Night Live" (live on NBC, 11:30 PM - 1:00 AM).

Fey, who had been on maternity leave after the birth of her daughter Alice on September 10, rejoins partner Amy Poehler on the show's signature news parody segment. 

"I had to get back to work ... NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement," quipped Fey.

The October 22 episode will also feature Academy Award(r) winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as host and music from hot Scottish band Franz Ferdinand.

And why is this good news? Because Weekend Update without Fey has been really lame. No knock on Horatio Sanz, who was filling in with Poehler, but he has not been well served as an anchor. Poehler and Fey fit together very well.

In fact, the show generally has been less than dazzling in recent weeks, which makes me suspect Fey has not been much of a presence in the writers' room, either. The show can be up-and-down within a season as well as from one season to the next, and this fall has mostly been down.

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