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TV News Roundup: ‘Portlandia’ Season 6 Gets January Premiere Date and More

Portlandia” will return with its sixth season in January, and Robert Kirkman’s upcoming Cinemax series “Outcast” has cast a new role. Plus, Taye Diggs will guest star on Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” in today’s TV news roundup . . .

Premiere Dates:

Portlandia” will return to IFC with its sixth season on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who created the show with Jonathan Krisel, star in the comedy from exec producers Lorne Michaels, Karey Dornetto and Graham Wagner and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer.

“Fred and Carrie are true comedy rock stars,” said IFC president Jennifer Caserta. “They always have something fresh and relevant to say through their observational humor, whether about relationships or technology or culture, and that’s why they’re bigger than the Beatles, in my mind at least.”

Louis C.K. will guest star on season six, in addition to Jillian Bell (“Workaholics”), musician Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, musician Glenn Danzig, Gregory Gourdet (“Top Chef”), Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), Moshe Kasher (“Another Period”), Zoe Kravitz (“Mad Max”), John Levenstein (“Kroll Show”), NPR’s Kai Ryssdal, Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”), Robert Smigel (“Saturday Night Live”), Bitsie Tulloch (“Grimm”) and returning guest stars Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”).

Exec News:

NBC Entertainment has promoted George Sealey to senior vice president of alternative programming and development.

“George has both a great appreciation for what viewers want to see and a terrific skill set in producing compelling television,” said Meredith Ahr, exec vice president of alternative programming at NBC Entertainment. “His dedication and leadership make every show he’s associated with better.  His ability to be creative, collaborative and forward-thinking make him a key member of our team as we evolve the genre forward.”

Sealey joined NBC in 2012 as vice president, and has also worked on “Fashion Star” and “The Apprentice” for the network. Currently, he oversees “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” and “The Biggest Loser.”

Casting News:

Outcast,” which is set to premiere on Cinemax in 2016, has cast 6-year-old actress Madeleine McGraw, Variety has learned exclusively. The upcoming exorcism drama hails from “The Walking Dead’s” exec producer Robert Kirkman.

McGraw — who recently played Bradley Cooper’s daughter in “American Sniper” — will play star Patrick Fugit’s on-screen daughter, Amber. The character is described as a little girl trying to return to her happy, normal childhood after dealing with an unexpected and violent night that tore her family apart — an event closely connected to the strange demonic possessions occurring in Rome, West Virginia, and a night to which Amber holds a key.

She is repped by Paradigm and manager Terre Worhach of Wild Briar Talent.

Taye Diggs will guest star on Disney Junior’s animated series “Doc McStuffins,” which has previously welcomed the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama. Diggs’ episode airs Friday, Nov. 13.

The “Private Practice” alum will lend his voice to the character of Dress Up Declan, a toy dress-up doll who steps in as Doc’s nurse after Hallie the nurse gets injured, and the episode features a nice message about gender equality in the field of nursing. Aside from voicing the character, Diggs, who is a singer himself, sings a rendition of the “Time for Your Check-Up” song.

Below is a first look of the “Private Practice” alum on “Doc McStuffins.”

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