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POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 10:38 AM
Actress Jessica Biel attends the Tiffany Debut of the 2014 Blue Book on April 10, 2014 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States. (Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)

Jessica Biel is coming to Fox's "New Girl" as "the hottest scientist in the world," TheWrap has learned.

The stint is just for one episode, the Season 4 premiere.

Here's Fox's full description of this fall's first half-hour: "It's the last wedding of the season, and the gang challenges each other to see if each of them can get lucky at the big event. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) sets her sights on a cute guy at the wedding - only to be taken on by Kat (Biel), the hottest scientist in the world."

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:43 AM
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Jul 24 (TheWrap.com) - It's good news for the ladies of Litchfield, but bad news for fans of “Orange Is the New Black.” Corrections officer George Mendez aka “Pornstache,” portrayed by Pablo Schreiber, will not be returning for the third season of the hit Netflix drama.

Schreiber confirmed his departure in an interview with the New York Post. “I'm a member of a show called ‘The Brink’ that's going to be on HBO,” he told the Post. “It's a half-hour comedy with Jack Black and Tim Robbins and me [as] the three leads. I'm really excited about it.”

While he was a prominent character on Jenji Kohan's “Orange,” Schreiber was only a guest star through the first two seasons. He said that it was “a no brainer” to jump on board a starring role opportunity. “It was a better move for me as an actor,” he explained.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:19 AM
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Tracey Stewart, Alicia Menendez, and Arianna Huffington attend THRIVE: A Third Metric Live Event at New York City Center on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Jul 24 (TheWrap.com) - Throw Alicia Menendez into the mix of women co-hosting “The View” as the ABC daytime talk show strives to revamp its lineup. 

Menendez, host of Fusion's “AM Tonight,” will guest co-host “The View” on Thursday. The daughter of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, she has been a frequent commentator on cable news, and is a former co-host of Sirius XM's “Power Play,” as well as “HuffPost Live.”

Menendez joins a list of recent guest co-hosts including Meghan McCain, Ana Belaval (WGN) and Sara Haines (ABC News).

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:39 PM

Larry Mendte returns to the airwaves. He will be on New York 77 WABC on Sunday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. starting this Sunday. Mendte previously appeared on the now-defunct talk station IQ106.9 before getting the axe.

Mendte isn't an unfamiliar name in the New York market. After he was dismissed from CBS3, Mendte was a regular on NY's PIX11.

Add that to Mendte’s TV duties—hosting ”The Delaware Way” and “ . . . And Another Thing with Larry Mendte”—on Me-TV affiliate KJWP Channel 2, broadcasting out of Wilmington, Del., as well as his gig as Public Affairs Director for the station, and it looks like the formerly embattled Mendte has a full plate.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:53 PM
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Portia de Rossi arrives at a Ellen DeGeneres Welcome Party on March 26, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Ellen DeGeneres is in Australia to film segments for her TV show, 'Ellen'. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Jul 23 (TheWrap.com) - Portia De Rossi is joining ABC's “Scandal” in a multiple episode arc on the upcoming fourth season, a show representative told TheWrap. 

In true “Scandal” fashion, the show is keeping the details of Rossi's role under wraps.

The news of Rossi's casting was actually broken by her wife, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, on Twitter.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:21 AM

Jul 23 (TheWrap.com) - Zach Braff, watch your back. 

On Tuesday night's “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart discussed Rupert Murdoch's bid to buy Time Warner and incorporate it into 21st Century Fox. The story went over the multiple ramifications of the deal, and included the obligatory joke about Time Warner telling Murdoch's people, ‘to wait at home for their answer between noon and six PM.” A better line was calling him the “date rapist of media barons… with all due respect” as he discussed Murdoch's penchant to not take “no” for an answer when he goes after a media property. 

But the most surprising ramification would be that CNN would need to be sold, as it conflicts with Murdoch's ownership of Fox News Channel. Stewart read off estimates that the news net would be worth $10 billion, and figured if anyone could raise the money to buy the network, it would be the “TDS” viewership. So he announced a Kickstarter campaign at LetsBuyCNN.com, complete with incentives that range from “You in a CNN 21 Box” to a “Marvin Savidge Couch Simulator.”

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:08 AM
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 17: Actress Carrie Preston attends Premiere Of HBO's 'True Blood' Season 7 And Final Season at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Jul 23 (TheWrap.com) - Things are about get crazier on CBS's “The Good Wife.”

Carrie Preston will reprise her role as Elsbeth Tascioni, a show representative told TheWrap. The extent and length of her return is unclear at this time. 

At the top of her field, the eccentric defense attorney is known to pull off very intricate legal maneuvers despite her inclination to make observations at inappropriate times. Preston last appeared on the series in March.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:09 PM

Jul 22 (TheWrap.com) - HBO's Sunday shows “True Blood” and “The Leftovers” reached encouraging season highs with their last episodes. 

“True Blood” kicked off the night at its 9 p.m. timeslot with 3.6 million viewers. That's the highest viewership for the show since it premiered its final season last month to 4 million viewers. Over the three airings of Episode 705 on Sunday, that number grew to 4.4 million viewers.

The episode marked the return of Eric (Alexander Skarsgaard) to action as he and progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) hunted down Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp).

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