Will Fey Return as Palin on SNL?

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LIVE FROM NEW YORK - Never mind all those questions about who will win the election: The more pressing concern for many viewers is whether Tina Fey will return to play Gov. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live."

Tina Fey as Gov. Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Sen. Hillary Cllinton opened "Saturday Night Live's" 34th season last weekend. Fey, as Palin, jabbed at Clinton, saying "she was close to the White House, but I'm even closer."

The guest appearance by the show's former cast member and head writer was by all accounts a virtuoso impersonation and a viral hit. But Fey stars in NBC's weekly prime-time comedy "30 Rock," and it's unclear if she'll be moonlighting on "SNL" to skewer the Republican vice presidential candidate, to whom she bears a much-remarked-upon resemblance.

Fey -- and the will-she-or-won't-she suspense that preceded her appearance -- helped make NBC's "Saturday Night Live" a ratings smash in its season kickoff (which was hosted by Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps).

Then the 5 1/2-minute segment pairing Fey with cast-member Amy Poehler as Senator Hillary Clinton also has become a global Internet sensation.