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♦ John McCain's appearance on Saturday Night Live didn't generate Sarah Palin-like ratings, but it was still an impressive showing nonetheless. [THR]
♦ No word yet on who will take over NBC's Meet the Press. Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Gwen Ifill, and even Katie Couric all remain possibilities. [NYT]
♦ CBS is on a primetime ratings roll, although Sumner Redstone is still screwed, apparently. [NYT, NYT]
♦ Another profile of Rachel Maddow, just in case the 237 other pieces on MSNBC's rising star in recent weeks have yet to whet your appetite. [NYM]
♦ In case you missed it, the clip of Sarah Palin getting punked by a couple of Montreal radio personalities, who explain how they managed to get through to her. [ABC]

♦ Def Jam honcho Shakir Stewart died on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot. [NYP]
30 Rock reeled in its best ratings ever. [TVBTN]
High School Musical 3: Senior Year was once again the No. 1 movie at the box office this past weekend. [THR]
♦ Is the New York Times looking to sell [Gawker]
♦ A list of who was canned last week by Joanne Lipman at Portfolio. [AllThingsD]
♦ Porn stars are the new "crossover artists" and a "hot commodity" in Hollywood. [LAT]