PORTIA DE ROSSI JOINS 'SCANDAL': Portia De Rossi has landed a guest starring gig on Scandal. Ellen DeGeneres broke the news on Twitter on Thursday (July 23rd) writing, "So annoying when people brag on twitter & that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops." There are no additional details known about her role aside from the fact that she will be around for more than one episode in the upcoming fourth season.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA OFFERS 'GAME OF THRONES' CLASS: The University of Virginia is offering a new course on Game of Thrones. The discussion-based class will be taught by English professor Lisa Woolfork. She told UVA Today, "One of the goals behind this class was to teach students how the skills that we use to study literature are very useful skills for reading literature and TV in conjunction. Game of Thrones is popular, it's interesting, but it's also very serious. There are a lot of things in the series that are very weighty, and very meaningful and can be illuminated through the skills of literary analysis."
CW CHANGES PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW CYCLE OF 'TOP MODEL': The CW has decided to premiere the new cycle of America's Next Top Model a bit earlier than expected. The network has pulled summer comedies Backpackers and Seed from the schedule and announced that Tyra Banks and her new batch of aspiring models will debut on August 18th. The 21st cycle was initially scheduled to premiere on August 22nd.
'GIRLS' RECRUITS MAUDE APATOW: Lena Dunham has recruited Maude Apatow for a role on the upcoming fourth season of Girls. The 15-year-old will play Cleo and is expected to appear in several episodes. Her father, Judd Apatow, is the executive producer of the series. Maude joins the list of other upcoming guest stars for the new batch of episodes including Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne, and Zachary Quinto.
SYFY DEVELOPING NEW SERIES WITH NICK CANNON: Nick Cannon is teaming up with Syfy for a new improv series with a sci-fi/fantasy twist. According to Deadline, "The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature a 'home' team consisting of 4-6 national comedians who each week will face off against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy-related sketches. Casting will begin later this summer for the 'away' teams." The project is being produced by Nick's company -- NCredible Entertainment.