‘Glee’ Cast Returning for Season 4; ‘Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder Auctions Date for Charity

Jethro Nededog / July 3, 2012

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Thank God, TV doesn’t have to follow life’s rules. Glee fans should be really happy about that, because the entire cast of the FOX musical series is reportedly slated to return for Season 4 – regardless of whether they have graduated, moved away or otherwise outlived their usefulness. Case in point, recurring castmember Chord Overstreet may return as a series regular. Clearly, TV > real life. [Deadline]

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Speaking of the Glee cast, Jenna Ushkowitz has a book deal. The 26-year-old will share her rise to fame, how she motivates herself for success and — here’s where the dollar signs begin – some behind-the-scenes deets on the show. [THR]

Break open the piggy bank, Vampire Diaries fans. Lunch with star Ian Somerhalder is a possibility for one lucky bidder and it benefits his nonprofit foundation. Ask him about all the things you’ve always wanted to know about the CW show or say nothing as you stare into his pretty eyes while he chews on his BLT. [EW]

Geek out! Warner Bros. Television announced it will be staging a free outdoor fest of its TV properties during San Diego Comic Con called Extra at Comic Con. Stars from the studios shows — including Big Bang Theory and The Vampire Diaries — will appear at The Extra Stage for appearances and interviews with the entertainment show’s co-hosts. In addition, the studio will have all six Batmobiles from the films and TV on dispaly. Also, it’ll have a Lord of the Rings Video Game Showcase featuring two new games that take place in Middle Earth. [WB]

For those of you who love Portlandia, IFC has a treat for you. The cable network is airing a one-hour special called Portlandia: The Brunch Special, which will air the director’s cut of the episode, “Brunch Village,” a glimpse into the making of the episode and interviews with the episode’s culinary guest stars — all hosted by Kyle MacLachlan. It airs July 20 at 11 PM. [Vulture]

OWN knows that its viewers tune in for all things Oprah Winfrey. And the cable network is giving us what we want. On Monday, it announced a two-part special, Oprah Builds a Network. The program promises a candid look at Winfrey’s first year as CEO of the network. It airs Sunday, July 8 and Sunday, July 15 at 9 PM both nights. [OWN]