TVLine Items: Sarah Palin to Co-Host Today, Joel McHale Goes Live!, Days Vet Exits and More!

Today is going rogue with this week with Sarah Palin (and Ryan Seacrest), as NBC’s morning talk show wages battle with rival Good Morning America, which, as previously reported, has Katie Couric co-hosting through Friday.

The controversial Palin will turn the tables on the “gotcha media” this Tuesday, when she drops by Today on Tuesday to host opposite Matt Lauer. Meanwhile, American Idol frontman Seacrest is slated to appear Tuesday, as well, “to make a big NBC announcement.” (Today exec producer Jim Bell first tweeted the news.)

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

Soup and Community funnyman Joel McHale is set to guest co-host Live! With Kelly next Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13.

• After nearly 20 years as Days of our Lives’ beloved Lexie, Renee Jones has opted to leave the NBC soap. The longtime Salem denizen tells TV Guide Magazine she’ll exit this June — and in a most permanent fashion! Noting that while an abundance of daytime TV deaths — yes, she will be killed off — result in some sort of resurrection, Jones and the writers made certain that this “is definitely the end for Lexie.”

• In other soap news, The Young and the Restless‘ Jess Walton (Jill) will be taking a six-month hiatus in the near future, to be around for the birth of her first grandchild, per Soap Opera Digest.

Ringer star and Friend of TVLine Kris Polaha has landed a two-episode arc in the upcoming second season of MTV’s Awkward, reports, playing a man with ties to Lacey’s (Nikki DeLoach) past.

• Twin Peaks alumna Madchen Amick — who earlier this season guest-starred on Ringer and Psych — will appear in next Sunday’s episode of Mad Men. Sources tell TVLine she’s booked just the one episode.

Fox has ordered Take Me Out, a fast-paced dating show to premiere Thursday, June 7.

• BBC America has announced that its first original series, Copper, about an intense Irish-American cop (played by Tom Weston Jones) working in 1860s New York City, will premiere Sunday, August 19.

• Everyone’s favorite game Angry Birds is being made into a weekly, two-to-three-minute animated series, to debut on TV, cell phones and iPads in late 2012.

Which of today’s TVLine Items have you talking?

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  1. maggie says:

    Sad to see Renee Jones leaving DOOL. She’s a great beauty and good actress. Her resignation also leaves the show without its only minority couple.

  2. RebeccaReports says:

    Give me a break. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

    Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

    Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

  3. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Oh dang, I thought from the headline that Joel McHale would be hosting SNL. I think it would be awesome if he did get a gig on the show, he used to be part of the Almost Live! cast in Seattle, and he can totally pull off sketch comedy. I want to see SNL happen for him.

    • Angela says:

      Oooooh, yeah, great idea! I’d like to see that! I’ll still be sure to check out his co-hosting gig Thursday and Friday, though, that should be entertaining.
      And I’ll be sure to avoid Sarah Palin. Had far more than enough of my fill of her over the years.

  4. guest says:

    Can Sarah Palin go away please? She is crazy and bad for american politics.(and bad for anyones image as well)

  5. Tarc says:

    Then I’ll be boycotting Today for the rest of the year – same with anyone that gives that horrid, stupid woman a platform for any reason.

  6. Ruby says:

    Why do people keep giving time to Sarah Palin? She’s proved herself to be a moron and a detriment. She needs to GO AWAY. It’s not funny anymore.

    • bobsmith007 says:

      As opposed to everyone else on TV (99 percent liberals) who are thoughtful geniuses.

      • Gretchen says:

        What positive things has Palin done? She’s all about herself and hate speech. She is what is wrong with this country.

  7. temi says:

    Yay for Joel! He should host SNL soon.

  8. Lyle Tuttle says:

    So has the TODAY show just given up on credibility, or what?

  9. Jules says:

    Thank god I slept late that morning…
    I watch the recap..and seriously I hope she never show up in any morning show ever…it’s a waste of time…
    Go back to Alaska…or burn in hell and shut up….