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.)

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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, EW.com 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.

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