'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' TAPS TARAJI P. HENSON TO HOST: Taraji P. Henson has been announced as an upcoming host of Saturday Night Live. The Empire star will be featured on the show on April 11th with Mumford & Sons as the musical guest. The episode will mark Taraji's first time hosting. It was also announced that Michael Keaton will host on April 4th with Carly Rae Jepsen.
WENDY WILLIAMS LANDS NEW SHOW: Wendy Williams has landed a new show on the Investigation Discovery network called Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams. The show will explore crimes that were fueled by gossip, rumors, and sordid half-truths. It is expected to premiere later this year.
HISTORY CHANNEL RENEWS 'VIKINGS': The History Channel wants more Vikings. The network has renewed the drama series for a fourth season. Production is expected to begin in Ireland in the spring. The third season finale will be airing on April 23rd. The network said in a statement, "Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more."
WHO IS REPLACING ROSIE O'DONNELL ON 'THE VIEW'?: Producers for The View have reportedly narrowed down their search for someone to replace Rosie O'Donnell. A source told Radar Online, "They really like Raven-Symone. And comedian Mario Cantone could get a recurring contract." The insider continued, "They will have a more in-depth selection process than last time. The panel that debuts in the fall will be the panel for the year."
'BARBERSHOP 3' IN THE WORKS: New Line is teaming up with MGM to release a third Barbershop film. According to Deadline, the studios are ironing out details for Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer to bring back their characters from the first two films. They are also reportedly in talks with Queen Latifah and Nicki Minaj to round out the cast. Malcolm D. Lee will direct.