TV Roundup: Jonah Hill Hosts ‘SNL,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ Gets a Classic Guest Star

Jonah HillSeeing as most of us still think of the Superbad version of Jonah Hill (as it should be), the news that he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award was a pretty big shocker. That’s not to say that he didn’t do well with his Moneyball role, but most of us think of Hill more as a comedian than a real dramatic actor. For those who fit this bill, Hill’s return to the Saturday Night Live stage will be a comfortable turn of events. The newly nominated actor will host SNL for a second time on Mar. 10, hopefully satirizing Moneyball, 21 Jump Street, and that scene he did in I Heart Huckabees. But…probably not on that last one. –EW

Downton Abbey has reached huge amounts of popularity and critical acclaim. It is even beginning to accumulate some really noteworthy guest players. The next of which is a classic actress who has been hired on to play the mother of Lady Grantham: Shirley MacLaine. The old school actress, who is making something of a big screen comeback with films like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will join Downton in its third season. Season 2 of the show is set to broadcast its finale on Sunday, Feb. 19 on PBS. –The Daily Beast

Recently, it was announced that Julian Assange would be getting his own talk show. Now, we find out he’ll be heading to television in another form: animation. The WikiLeaks founder will be lending his voice to The Simpsons 500th episode, portraying an exaggerated version of himself. The plot centers around Assange screening actual footage of an Afghanistan wedding being bombed for the Simpsons. Needless to say, they are…disconcerted. The Simpsons airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. –Vulture