TVLine Items: Portia de Rossi Saves the World, SNL to Add Black Female Cast Member and More

PortiadeRossiHow’s this for arresting news: Portia de Rossi is coming to Sean Saves the World.

The Arrested Development fave has landed a three-episode arc on Sean Hayes’ NBC comedy, reports. She’ll play the titular character’s high-powered ex-wife who unexpectedly re-enters his life.

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de Rossi’s installments are slated to air in early spring.

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

• Remember when Saturday Night Live vet Kenan Thompson stated that finding funny black female sketch comics is “just a tough part of the business”? Well, the late-night NBC staple is finally directly addressing the situation by adding a black female cast member in January, as head honcho Lorne Michaels tells the New York Times.

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• Gather ’round, Baz Luhrmann devotees: The big-screen helmer is teaming with producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers) and playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf–er With the Hat) on his first TV project, Vulture reports. The prospective series is described as “an epic, music-filled period drama exploring the dawn of the hip-hop era as seen through the eyes of two young New Yorkers.” No word yet on whether Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman will make this reporter’s dreams come true with a cameo…

• Eddie Matos (All My Children) is joining Hart of Dixie as Grandma Breeland’s gorgeous, charming driver who will attempt to woo one of the ladies of Bluebell, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Tran 2.0 says:

    Don’t blame SNL for casting a black female player come January.

  2. Tran 2.0 says:

    Maya Rudolph was the best despite any criticism towards black people and she’s 100x better than Ellen Cleghorne.

  3. Joseph says:

    I might not have like what I have seen so far , BUT , got to give it to NBC to be digging in and investing in the show with some strong actors.

    • Zach says:

      I doubt NBC recruited her. She was in Better Off Ted, Victor Fresco’s previous show. Fresco loves to collaborate with people he’s worked with before. I’m surprised she’s the first on this show.

  4. WTactualF says:

    When is Leila Gerstein going to get it? Less silly romantic pairings on HoD and more focus on Bluebell. These ridiculous romantic pairings are ruining the show!

  5. Black Female is helarious, so glad that SNL is casting her based solely on her talent as an entertainer!

  6. Kristina says:

    Woo hoo! Always happy to see Portia di Rossi!

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