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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).

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:23 PM
Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Bill Cosby, a noted Temple University alum and booster, will host an intimate evening of stand up to support the Temple men's gymnastics team on Thursday, August 14. The team will now function as club team as of this month, relying on its own fundraising efforts, after the team was cut from Temple's officlal athletic roster in December of last year. 

Available tickets for the 200-seat event, taking place at in the Ballroom of the Independence Visitor Center (1 North Independence Mall W) range in price from $175 to $300. Premium ticket holders will be able to participate in a meet and greet with the entertainment giant after the event. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Daily News' Tom Mahon spoke with coach Fred Turoff, who said he reached out to Cosby about helping. Turoff said he also as in talks with former Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com owner Lewis Katz before his death in May. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:32 AM

Jul 22 (TheWrap.com) - The characters of the WWE are outrageous and outspoken. It's been that way for decades. Nevertheless, the organization has found itself in hot water after words spoken by one of its personalities were associated with the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, which killed 298 people. 

Actress C.J. Perry portrays an over-the-top anti-American Russian named Lana. During Sunday's match, she was shouting to the crowd, asking them if they blame Russia for current events. “You Americans should be scolded for your warmongering in Afghanistan and Iraq. You Americans should be insulted and afraid,” she shouted to the booing crowd. 

She proceeded to declare Russian president Vladimir Putin her idol and role model. While many associated her comments with the Malaysia Airlines crash, the organization is denying any connection, according to media reports.

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