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John McCain to make appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' tonight

Live from New York, it's John McCain.

Aides to the Republican presidential candidate said yesterday that McCain will appear tonight on Saturday Night Live, the late-night show that has been a must-watch for many during the political season.

It might get a little awkward since the host is actor Ben Affleck, a supporter of Democratic candidate Barack Obama. The musical guest is singer David Cook.

When McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, appeared on the show Oct. 18, SNL earned its best ratings in 14 years. McCain, 72, last appeared on Saturday Night Live in May after clinching the nomination. He was a host in 2002.

A line of undies

One-time Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is the spokeswoman for the new Armani fashion house lingerie line. Stripping down to one's skivvies runs in the family: hubby David Beckham dresses up ads for Armani's underwear for men.

The company said yesterday that the former Posh Spice will debut in the spring-summer 2009 advertising campaign of Emporio Armani women's underwear.

Phillips makes plea deal

Mackenzie Phillips has pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and will go into drug treatment.

The former One Day at a Time star entered the plea yesterday in Los Angeles to a felony drug possession count.

The district attorney's office says two counts of possessing heroin and a needle were dismissed, and she was ordered to complete an 18-month program.

Phillips, 48, was arrested Aug. 27 at Los Angeles International Airport after airport police found small amounts of narcotics during a security screening.

Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips, who was in the pop group the Mamas and the Papas. She has a long history of drug abuse, which led to her firing from One Day at a Time in 1982.

Applegate series renewed

ABC has given a full-season order to Christina Applegate's Samantha Who? But instead of nine new episodes, the call is for only seven.

ABC explains it has other shows it wants to bring back midseason, including Scrubs, The Goode Family, Better Off Ted, Single with Parents and According to Jim.

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Golfer Gary Player, 73.

Magazine publisher Larry Flynt, 66.

Country singer Kinky Friedman, 64.

Country singer Lyle Lovett, 51.

Actress Toni Collette, 36.

Actress Jenny McCarthy, 36.

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