TVLine Items: Big C's Final Season Title Change and Casting Scoop, Portlandia Promo and More!

The Big C‘s fourth and final season has yet to secure a premiere date, but it has obtained a brand-new name.

Titled The Big C: hereafter, the four-episode event will conclude the story of Laura Linney’s cancer-battling Cathy and those who have stood by her side over the past three seasons. It will also introduce two new characters in guest stars Kathy Najimy and Isaac Mizrahi, Showtime announced Thursday.

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Najimy joins the series’ farewell run as Cathy’s no-nonsense therapist, who will help her come to grips with the challenges ahead. Mizrahi, meanwhile, will appear as himself in a handful of episodes, mentoring Gabourey Sidibe’s design school-bound Andrea.

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

• IFC will launch a new season of Portlandia on Friday, Jan. 4 at 10/9c, with a winter-themed special bowing ahead of the official premiere on Dec. 14 at 10:30 pm. Take a peek at the quirky comedy’s upcoming cycle below.

• Royal Pains‘ Brooke D’Orsay has landed a potentially recurring role on Two and a Half Men. Per, she’ll play a new love interest for Ashton Kutcher’s Walden.

• Revenge‘s ill-fated White-Haired Man has found new life on A&E. Per Deadline, James Morrison has joined Those Who Kill, the drama pilot that centers on a detective (Chloe Sevigny) and forensic profiler (James D’Arcy) who both possess a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt. He’ll play the Big Love alumna’s boss.

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• Meagen Fay (Malcolm in the Middle) has been tapped to play Bernadette’s mom in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory, reports.

• Gossip Girl‘s Monday, Nov. 12 installment will feature music exclusively from R&B star Frank Ocean.

• Adam Lambert will host this year’s VH1 Divas special, airing Dec. 16. Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks will take the stage at the event.

Jim Rome on Showtime, the cabler’s new sports-centric series, is set to launch Nov. 2.

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  1. Eric says:

    @ Jim Rome. I think you meant November 21st

  2. Penny says:

    S3 was lackluster compared to S1 and S2 and I probably wouldn’t have watched S4 but I plan to see how it will be wrapped up.

    I think I saw the actress who plays Marlene in another TV show this past week but I can’t remember which one. Help me someone. ;)

  3. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Portlandia!!! I have missed you!!! I so hope they bring back Kyle MacLachlan to play the mayor again. Always funny when he is on.

  4. Brooke was already on Two and a Half Men. Not like I’ll watch but curious if she’ll be playing the same character or not.

  5. Christian says:

    That Divas line-up is absolutely dreadful. Is that what passes for divas these days? Whitney is rolling in her grave!

  6. B says:

    All I hope for is more Laura Linney & Gabourey Sidibe, and less, much less, Oliver Platt for the final episodes. I’ve never been a huge fan of his, but last season I really disliked him and his ridiculous plot. Should have just killed him off at the end of the previous season with the heart attack!

  7. steve baines says:

    Why do they always cancel the best shows !