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Jimmy Fallon's first 'Tonight Show' guests include Justin Timberlake, Michelle Obama

It’s no secret that U2 will be the first musical guest to take the stage when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres Feb. 17, but now they have some company. Viewers who tune in during Fallon’s first week can expect to see performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and more. Additionally, Fallon will feature a stacked lineup of non-musical guests, including Jerry Seinfeld and first lady Michelle Obama.

Read on to find out who’s scheduled to stop by during the first week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

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Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire get too close in 'Spoils of Babylon' clip -- VIDEO

Gird your loins: In just a few short weeks, IFC will premiere The Spoils of Babylon — an epic miniseries parody based on an epic fake novel about an epic fictional family of oil tycoons. The clan includes Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire as Cynthia and Devon, a brother and sister with… more than familiar feelings for each other. (Don’t start playing the theme from Flowers in the Attic in your head — Devon’s adopted.)

How intense is Cynthia and Devon’s passion? So intense that in this first clip from the series, they engage in an almost hookup that can only be described as an orgy of nose-stabbing. Eat your heart out, Chris and Cathy Dollanganger.

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Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play sibling lovers in new IFC comedy 'The Spoils of Babylon' -- EXCLUSIVE

EW has the exclusive first look at the trailer for the new Funny or Die-produced comedy The Spoils of Babylon, premiering January 9 at 10 p.m. on IFC. Spoofing classic nighttime soaps like Dallas and The Thorn Birds, the six part series chronicles the TV adaptation of the novel of fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell). His best-seller The Spoils of Babylon chronicles the melodramatic escapades of the oil-rich Morehouse family, led by patriarch Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins). Wiig plays Jonas’ daughter Cynthia who burns with taboo passion for her adopted brother Devon (Tobey Maguire).  “The whole show is ridiculous and I mean that in the best way,” she says. “The things this family goes through, the murder and the lies and the affairs, is so absurd and bizarre and written so well.”

While fighting her forbidden love, Cynthia must also contend with the exploits of her evil son, played by Haley Joel Osment (!). Later in the series, Cynthia and Devon grow estranged and he becomes an activist who goes to work in an underwater lab where falls for Jessica Alba’s scientist character. “People know Tobey from more serious roles,” says Wiig. “But he made me laugh so hard. I’m so excited for people to see him in this context.” Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons' season premiere: See Homer in bed with Marge and... ? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

To kick off season 25 of The Simpsons (25 seasons??? Shock! Disbelief! Poignant reflection on the passage of time!), Homer attends a nuclear power plant operating convention, only to return home acting all kinds of strange. Lisa does the only logical thing: She calls in the FBI. Meet Agent Annie, voiced by Kristen Wiig. Like Claire Danes’ CIA officer Carrie Mathison, Annie is not afraid to get up close and personal with her suspects, as you can see in the clip below.
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Kristen Wiig plays Patty Hearst on Comedy Central's 'Drunk History' -- FIRST LOOK

Want to learn about our nation’s past in an unconventional way? Here’s a tipsy tip: Comedy Central’s Drunk History — which debuts July 9 and is based on the popular Funny or Die video series — features an intoxicated person telling the story of a “historical event” that is reenacted by a cast of celebrities like Winona Ryder, Michael Cera and Jack Black. In an August episode of the show, comedian Natasha Leggero gets liquored up and narrates the true tale of kidnapped heiress–turned–bank robber Patty Hearst.

And as you can see in the photos below, Kristen Wiig assumes the role of Hearst. “Kristen played it in a way that will bring light to such a dark story,” says Drunk History co-creator and host Derek Waters, adding: “When Natasha came to set, she didn’t know what was going on. We got the pretty identical set to what the SLA [the Symbionese Liberation Army, which kidnapped Hearst in 1974] had in San Francisco and she just sees Kristen Wiig talking to herself using Natasha’s drunk voice in a corner. It’s got to be the weirdest thing for them.”

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Kristen Wiig, Michael Sheen and more join Will Ferrell in 'Spoils of Babylon'

Did the madness on last night’s Game of Thrones make you long for another epic in your life?

 

IFC to the rescue! The network has announced the rest of the cast for The Spoils of Babylon, an epic parody of television mini-series produced by Funny Or Die and starring Will Ferrell. Rounding out the cast will be Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Tim Robbins, and Kristen Wiig. The show, a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell), will have six half-hour episodes that will premiere in early 2014.

The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business,” according to a press release. “The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms. Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two U.S. Army generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.”

“This amazingly talented cast will give this decadent genre its due respect,” said Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC in a press release. “Never before has a parody of a mini-series been more poised for showers of accolades.”

Emmy voters, consider this your official heads-up!

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'The Simpsons': Kristen Wiig to guest as FBI agent -- EXCLUSIVE

The Simpsons will go for laughs next season by putting on a Wiig: Kristen Wiig, the former Saturday Night Live star who returned as host on May 11, is lending her voice to an episode that is slated to air on Fox in the fall, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig is returning to her old stomping grounds to make her debut as host of the show on May 11, NBC has announced. Rounding out season 38 of the legendary sketch show will be Ben Affleck, who will make his fifth appearance on SNL‘s May 18 finale.

NBC has also confirmed the widespread rumor that Kanye West will make his fifth appearance as the show’s musical guest on the May 18 episode, though it remains unclear whether the rapper, who has been in Paris working on his next album, will premiere any new music. READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig to guest

You can add two more names to the list of guest stars on the new season of Arrested Development, and they’re good ones: Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen will pop up on the revived series, Netflix confirmed. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Inside Kristen Wiig's enchanting last dance on 'SNL'

After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig said goodbye on May 19. She’d co-written and starred in the surprise 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids and the time had come, just as it had for stars like Chevy and Eddie and Will before her. SNL godfather Lorne Michaels called her one of the “top three or four” performers the show had ever produced, and during her reign, the show was dominated by sketches filled with the likes of the Target Lady, tiny-handed Dooneese, and compulsive one-upper Penelope.

Colin Jost started writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, the same year that Wiig began as a featured player. They connected creatively and ultimately collaborated on several sketches, including some of her Björk bits and a commercial parody for Red Flag perfume. With Mick Jagger hosting the season finale, Jost assumed the responsibility of sending her off in style. The premise he came up with could not have been more simple — Jagger bidding farewell to an honored “graduate” with an impromptu dance  — but when each cast member cut in to share one last moment while Arcade Fire played the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” the effect was magical.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

As told by: Colin Jost

I don’t think I raised the bar in any way. I think people find different ways of saying goodbye or people find different ways of saying goodbye to them. I remember when Will Ferrell left, he had a really funny documentary where people talked about Will, and Tracy Morgan talks about how Will Ferrell stole from him and [says] really mean stuff. I remember that Tina [Fey] and Jimmy [Fallon] had done one that was like a “Summer Lovin” from Grease kind of farewell. So people have different ways of doing it, and I think this is just one of them. READ FULL STORY

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