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NEW YORK (AP) -- Maternity leave is over for Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live. She'll be back behind the Weekend Update anchor desk for this week's episode, her first show since giving birth to her daughter Alice on Sept. 10.

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

Horatio Sanz filled in for Fey on Update during her brief absence. Fey, 35, co-anchors the segment with Amy Poehler and has been head writer at SNL for five years.

She and her husband, Jeff Richmond, have been married since 2001.

Tomorrow's show features host Catherine Zeta-Jones and musical guest Franz Ferdinand.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Bill Clinton is teaming with SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer in a campaign to nudge kids to eat healthy foods and to get up off the couch and move, the former president and Nickelodeon television executives announced yesterday.

"The idea that health decisions you make as kids could stop you from living your dream is heartbreaking to us," said Clinton, who will appear in public service announcements and in a town-hall forum devoted to childhood obesity.

Clinton, who underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery in September 2004 and a followup procedure in March, was joined by Nickelodeon Networks president Herb Scannell, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and American Heart Association president Robert Eckel.

At a news conference held at the Young Women's Leadership School in East Harlem, Scannell said Nickelodeon and its affiliates would commit about $30 million US worth of air time a year to the campaign as well as promoting it on websites, at theme parks and live stage shows.

The network already broadcasts PSAs that promote exercise and healthy eating and has licensed its characters, including SpongeBob and Dora, to appear on bags of baby carrots and other vegetables.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- CBS's 60 Minutes has sold all of its advertising time on Sunday's show to Philips, which the network said will allow the newsmagazine's stories to run longer.

The electronics company will use half of the show's normal commercial time. As a result, the first two stories of the week will run uninterrupted.

It's the first time this has happened since the newsmagazine began in 1968, and executive producer Jeff Fager said he hopes it becomes more common. Not only does it mean more time for stories, but the sponsor's commercials are likely to stand out because of less clutter, he said.

Sunday's show includes an interview with former basketball star Michael Jordan, and a story about former U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Jenkins, who defected to North Korea during the Cold War.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) -- He's been a grappler, a governor, an "extreme" football analyst, a social commentator and now ... a sitcom star? Sources say NBC is in talks with Jesse Ventura to star in a scripted comedy series.

No deals have been finalized, but it's understood that Ventura, the one-time pro wrestler who served as governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003, is kicking around ideas and meeting with writers for a possible deal at the peacock network. NBC declined comment.

Sources said Jeff Golenberg and Michael Green of management-production outfit the Collective, which does not represent Ventura, approached him with the notion of starring in a comedy series targeted for NBC. It's understood that if a deal does come to fruition, Golenberg and Green would serve as executive producers on the show along with Ventura's managers.

Ventura had a short-lived Saturday night series, Jesse Ventura's America, that ran for two months on MSNBC in 2003. He also was seen on NBC in 2001 as an analyst for NBC's Xtreme Football League venture with World Wrestling Entertainment. 
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