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• Nice save, Dave: Because David Letterman owns his own show (and Craig Ferguson's show that airs after The Late Show), through his Worldwide Pants production company, he's been able to negotiate a deal to return to the airwaves with writers and without screwing up their network strike. Top 10 lists are safe for now.
• Executive endorsement: In the waning days of the Iowa campaign, Bill Richardson pulls out the big gun: former President Josiah Bartlet (aka Martin Sheen's character from The West Wing).
• Split-coli: Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn are divorcing after 11 years of marriage and a pair of kids.