TVLine Items: Muppets at the Oscars, Janet Jackson on X Factor Rumors and More!

What’s green and pink and gold all over? It’s the 2012 Academy Awards with extra-special guests The Muppets!

ABC announced Friday that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will join the likes of Tom Cruise and Tina Fey as presenters at the 84th annual Oscars, to air Sunday, Feb. 26. This marks the Muppets’ fifth appearance at Hollywood’s biggest night.

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

• Music icon Janet Jackson is in preliminary talks to join the second season of X Factor, per The Hollywood Reporter. Jackson hinted at the possibility on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show Thursday, saying, “No, I’m not a judge on The X Factor… But that’s all I really think I should say.” Prior to her sudden death last week, Whitney Houston was rumored to be joining the competition as well.

• Attention, Supernatural fans! TNT is marathoning 10 episodes from Season 6 on Monday starting at 9 am EST (with “Weekend At Bobby’s”). Visit TNT.tv for the line-up.

• Fashion Star judge Jessica Simpson will appear on the March 13 episode of The Biggest Loser to reward a challenge winner with a visit to her showroom, People reports.

• Newcomer Jacob Hopkins has landed a role in True Blood‘s upcoming fifth season, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing Alexander Drew, the youngest member of the almighty Vampire Authority.

Shameless has promoted two more of its recurring players to series regulars. According to Variety, Emma Greenwell and Noel Fisher, who play neighborhood siblings Mandy and Mickey, respectively, have received title bumps, beginning with the Showtime series’ third season. The cabler earlier this week also promoted Zach McGowan.

Oxygen has given the green light to two pilots: Teen Weddings, a docu-series that goes behind the scenes of — you guessed it — underage marriage ceremonies; and Thrift Wars, which follow New York’s “most elite and hardcore” thrift shoppers.

 Gifted Man fans can join the the cast — Patrick Wilson, Margo Martindale, Rachelle Lefevre, and guest star Christina Milian — and creator Neal Bear tonight for a live Twitter chat during the CBS drama’s east coast broadcast at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. Go to CBS.com to follow along, or @reply the Gifted gang during the allotted time here: @NealBaer, @patrickwilson73, @RachelleLefevre, @CMilianOfficial

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3 Comments
  1. Nadine says:

    For a second there, I thought the Oscars were going to show a performance of Man or Muppet…

  2. Danielle H says:

    Apparently the new season of TB is all about the Vampire Authority since that’s all they’ve casted. Could be good.. or really bad .

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