John announced the SNL news Sunday night at his annual Oscar viewing party and silent auction by offering up a pair of tickets to the April 2 show, as well as an invite to the coveted after party. The icon is not acting as the episode’s sole musical guest — that honor goes to Leon Russell — but John is set to perform.
The Hangover‘s Zach Galifianakis is also taking over Saturday Night Live hosting duties for its March 12 installment, with lesser known musical guest Jessie J. The episode will be the funnyman’s second as host.
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• NBC’s upcoming Idol rival The Voice has officially booked Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and “Forget You”‘s Cee Lo Green as two of its four musical coaches on its debut season. The Voice premieres Tuesday, April 26 at 9/8c.
• Those in the Los Angeles area have a Showtime sized treat to look forward to in the coming months: The cable giant is taking its Emmy campaign outdoors for the first time ever — which means what exactly? Buses and billboards covered top-to-bottom in all things Dexter, Nurse Jackie and Shameless — just to name a few.
• Need to catch up on The Walking Dead? Tune in to AMC this Friday, March 4 starting at 8/7c for a full Season 1 marathon, plus a sneak peek at its upcoming series, The Killing.
• HBO has scrapped Tilda, its Nikki Finke-ish pilot, after a disagreement amidst the series’ showrunners, Deadline reports. However, HBO is reportedly still interested in a show about Deadline’s power blogger, only this time they want Finke involved in the process from the beginning.
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