TVLine Items: Elton John, Zach Galifianakis to Host SNL, and Other TV News to Know

Making his first Saturday Night Live appearance since 1982, Sir Elton John has been tapped to host and perform on an upcoming episode of the NBC staple.

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.

Ready for more of today’s TV news? Well…

• 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.

Which Line Items have you talking today?

Comments (4)

  • SO EXCITED for Jessie J! I LOVE her. Her music is amazing and it’s about time she got some recognition in the States after writing so many hit songs for American artists.

    Comment by Kris – February 28, 2011 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love jessie j too!!
      She’s like one of the best young artistes right now. Her voice is awesome.

      Comment by Dessy – April 15, 2011 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very excited about Zach G. hosting SNL again! His episode was probably my favorite last season; I kept it on my DVR for months afterward. I am sad though that Jenny Slate isn’t on the show anymore, since the best skit was the pageant show, with Zach as her dad and Wiig as her mom. I’m sure they’ll bring the character back anyway, but it’s a shame she won’t be part of it.

    But…who is Jessie J? Last time ZG hosted it was with Vampire Weekend which was amazing. I have no idea who this person is, but the name is generic and 90′s enough that it sounds like a fake pop star everyone at Bayside High would have loved on Saved By the Bell (until he busted out a joint at a party – then the entire school would turn on him and make a public service announcement about the dangers of pot).

    Comment by Nicole – February 28, 2011 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elton John to host SNL? I’m all for him performing as a musician, but I smell a train wreck with him as host. And I’m sure the writing won’t help him one bit.

    Comment by Jessica – February 28, 2011 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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