I wonder if "Saturday Night Life" executive producer Lorne Michaels reads my blog.
You might recall that on the day Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain's running mate, I blogged that Mercury business editor Michelle Karas noted Palin's resemblence to former "SNL" cast member Tina Fey. Apparently, so have others.
Well, according to an Associated Press story, Fey is "likely" to return to play Palin in tonight's season opener:
In an interview earlier this week with The AP, "SNL" executive producer and creator Lorne Michaels said, "The whole world cast her in that role."
The final decision went down to the last minute, apparently. "SNL" premieres Saturday evening with Michael Phelps as host. An appearance had been planned by Sen. Barack Obama, but his campaign said early Saturday that the Democratic nominee for president was canceling.
Fey was a cast member and writer — including a stint as head writer — for "SNL" for nine years before leaving in 2006 to star in "30 Rock," which is also produced by Michaels. On Tuesday, Michaels said that should Fey play Palin, she was unlikely to remain in the part in the long-term, which depending on the election results, could be for four years or longer.
Fey's publicist did not immediately return a call requesting comment.