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Portia de Rossi joins season 4 of 'Scandal'

When last we saw Olivia Pope, she was flying off into the sunset (or maybe just flying off) with Jake by her side—leaving behind a broken Fitz, who’d just lost his son and realized some horrible things about his father. D.C. now rests in the hands of Olivia’s own father, who once again took over B-613. So what awaits the team when season four starts up? How about a new face?

EW has confirmed that Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi will join Scandal‘s fourth season for a multiple-episode arc. Ellen DeGeneres first announced the news on Twitter, bragging about her wife’s “top secret” storyline:

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'Game of Thrones' actress joins ABC's 'Resurrection'

Michelle Fairley’s TV career is getting resurrected once again!

First the actress was killed off as Catelyn Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Then she had an arc on USA’s Suits. Then she played a terrorist on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day—and was killed off again.

Now Fairley is joining the second season of ABC’s Resurrection. She will recur on the show as Margaret Langston, described as “the formidable matriarch of the Langston clan … mother of Henry and Fred (Kurtwood Smith, Matt Craven), and dead for over three decades, she will reappear in Arcadia as one of the returned. Margaret brings with her knowledge of the Langston family’s dark past, a past she is determined to keep hidden. Her return will have consequences for the entire family.”

Resurrection returns to ABC on Sunday, Sept. 28.

'Orange Is the New Black' cast to make joint appearance on 'Conan'

The ladies of Litchfield (and one male counterpart) are headed to Conan for their first-ever late-night appearance as a group.

On Monday, August 4, the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated show Orange Is the New Black, including Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Biggs, will join Conan on stage for his third group interview of the sort. Conan has previously featured the casts of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad in a similar format.

Conan airs at 11 p.m. on TBS.

'Downton Abbey' looks to bounce back from season 4

Downton Abbey had a disappointing fourth season. While its 12 Emmy nominations—including one for Outstanding Drama Series and one for Michelle Dockery for Outstanding Lead Actress—suggest otherwise, many complained of lackluster storylines that fell flat compared to previous seasons.

Looking ahead to the show’s fifth season, however, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Gareth Neame (executive producer, Downton Abbey), and Rebecca Eaton (executive producer, Masterpiece) spoke at the Television Critics Association, addressing season-four criticism and what fans can look forward to in season five.

Neame spoke to the validity of the show’s criticism, saying that he respects the process, but ultimately couldn’t base the show on someone else’s words. In fact, he felt quite contrary to the critical opinion. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' star Chris Gorham talks about Auggie's surprising turn

If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Covert Affairs, stop reading now. Chris Gorham takes us inside a very shirtless hour for Auggie that may have some fans of the show looking at the character differently. READ FULL STORY

Anthony Hopkins to star in HBO's 'Westworld'

Another Oscar winner is coming to HBO: Anthony Hopkins has been cast in the cable drama’s TV reboot of the sci-fi classic Westworld.

The casting will mark the first potential regular TV gig for the acclaimed Silence of the Lambs and Thor actor, and continues the trend of Academy Award winners taking small-screen roles. He will be joined in the project by actress Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again, True Blood).

No, Hopkins is not playing “the Yul Brynner role.” But the descriptions for both his character and Wood’s shed some insight into the secretive project’s storyline. READ FULL STORY

What will happen when every episode of 'The Simpsons' is at your fingertips?

Apparently, the answer is total focus… combined with the total collapse of America.

This October, FXX will launch “Simpsons World,” a portal/wormhole that will allow viewers to access every single freakin’ episode of the series—552, at last count—through their computers, phones, or Krusty the Klown Alarm Klocks (warning: gets extremely hot when plugged in). All seasons of the animated comedy—25, at last count—will be searchable (bring me… every Barney belch????), and you will be able to both create your own playlists with the archive and share your favorite clips.

Check out this FXX promo to see the end of the world as you know it… and the birth of “Simpsons World.” And remember, it’s never too early to start training for the toughest marathon in the world, which begins on Aug. 21 when FXX starts showing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in a row. READ FULL STORY

'Vikings' Comic-Con comic book cover is pillage-worthy

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History’s Vikings has a pillage-worthy comic book debuting at Comic-Con this week, and here’s a first look at the cover. The image has Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) front and center with the Viking gods Loki and Thor are depicted on the top of the page. The comic is being given out to fans who visit the Vikings behind-the-scenes exhibit in downtown San Diego (450 2nd Avenue) during the fan convention. Guests will be treated to viking makeovers (the hair, the make-up, the weapons) and placed into backdrops from the shows to get a share-worthy photo. History’s Vikings is returning for a 10-episode third season next March. READ FULL STORY

Lucy Lawless will guest star on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

After Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season ended with the unforgettable (and very cryptic) image of Agent Coulson waking up in the middle of the night to scribble some mysterious symbols on the wall, fans have been dying to know what season two will hold. And as far as Coulson is concerned, the jury’s still out. However, there’s at least one new person in town: EW has confirmed that Lucy Lawless will guest star on the second season.

What her role is and how long she’ll stick around is, as most things are, classified. But based on her past as Xena, it’s likely she could give Agent May a run for her money on the battlefield.

TV Guide first reported the news.

'Arrow' producer reveals details of season 3's Big Bad and 'Flash' crossover episode

What’s that? You say you need to know what’s going to happen on this season of Arrow after last season’s absolutely bonkers finale that saw the greatest freighter-based showdown this side of Lost?

EW caught up with Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg—who now has his hands full with The CW’s other new flashy (get it?) superhero show The Flash (now you get it). But since Kreisberg is pulling double duty with the DC Comics heroes, that means he’s got double the scoop to offer.

Perhaps most pressing is the question of which villainous threat Oliver Queen will face this coming season, which picks up six or seven months after the season-two finale. Crime is down and the police aren’t hunting Ollie—but peace never lasts that long in Starling City. Despite last season’s startlingly sinister Slade, this year’s villain will have to up the ante even more. READ FULL STORY

Ken Jeong will star in a MTV pilot that's now about Ken Jeong

In May, MTV picked up an as-yet untitled comedy pilot about a 22-year-old who finds an unlikely advice guru after accidentally rear-ending a celebrity’s car. Now the pilot has a star, and it’s ready to Chang—er, change—its name.

EW has confirmed that Ken Jeong (The HangoverCommunity) will star in said pilot, now known as Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. The script follows Andy, who catches his girlfriend cheating, accidentally damages Jeong’s fancy car, and then gets advice from the star on how to Chang change his life for the better. Jeong will play himself.

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Another 'Lost' alum to guest on 'Hawaii Five-0'

Another Lost vet is set to pop up on Hawaii Five-0: William Mapother, who played creepy island resident Ethan Rom, will guest-star in an episode of the CBS police drama, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

'Gotham': Penguin actor takes our bird-brained questions

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Those who have seen the pilot of Gotham agree: TV fans are going to be tweeting about Robin Lord Taylor this fall. The young actor and relative newcomer nabbed the role of Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) on the upcoming Fox series, which details the origins of iconic characters in the Batman universe. In the first episode, we meet Cobblepot as an abused but ambitious underling for gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Taylor brings a desperate, jittery energy to the role that’s far more compelling than his campy predecessors—and with a first name like “Robin,” the actor seems destined to play the avian-themed crime lord. We caught up with the enthusiastic Taylor on the Gotham set after watching the Penguin murder an innocent man for his sandwich. (It was tuna, of course.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you land this part?
Robin Lord Taylor: It’s pretty standard. It was pilot season, and I got the call, and I went in and did just one take. I got a call at some point, “You’re going to LA to test.” So it’s been this series of hurdles. And from where I’m coming from, it’s like a series of gold medals—just to test [for a pilot] is huge thing, at least for me. Then to have it be this project … it’s just amazing.

Were you a fan of the comics?
I wasn’t a big comic person. I was raised on the Tim Burton films. I think one of the first films I ever saw was the first Batman. Superman had happened before that, but this was a groundbreaking moment in terms of bringing superheroes back to something serious and legendary. READ FULL STORY

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