The first show back on the air since the strike by the Writers Guild of America was expected to end on Tuesday, after three months, will probably be the NBC series "Saturday Night Live," which returns on Feb. 23. (Tina Fey will be the host that night; Ellen Page of the film "Juno" is committed for March 1.) That NBC late-night production missed nine shows during the strike and will try to replace a number of those between now and May.
"SNL" plans to produce shows for four straight weeks. That is highly unusual for the series, which rarely runs for more than three weeks without a break. But Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, said: "It's a political year, so we want to jam it with 'SNL.' We hope to have as many as six or eight more this season."
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