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, EW.com 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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