Daily: Mark Valley, Juliette Lewis, Emmy Training with Joel McHale and More!

Here’s your Daily for 7/12/2011.

Mark Valley has signed on to play a new lawyer for Harry’s Law.

NBC that it’s airing this year’s NCLR (National Council of La Raza) ALMA Awards as a primetime special on Friday, September 16 at 8/7c. The awards will be hosted by Eva Longoria and George Lopez.

David Gallagher, best known for his role as Simon on 7th Heaven, will appear on two episodes of The Vampire Diaries as… you guessed it, a vampire.

Matthew McConaughey and Will Ferrell will be appearing on the next (and possibly final) season of Eastbound & Down.

Brian J. Smith is joining the cast of Gossip Girl as a chef named Max.

Juliette Lewis, will play Tammy, Mitch’s “feisty, sexy receptionist, whose work life is made all the more tumultuous by her on-again, off-again relationship with Mitch’s brother” on NBC’s The Firm.

Lauren German has joined the cast of Hawaii Five-0 as a smart and beautiful former Homeland Security officer who has been hand-picked by the new Governor to join the Five-0 task force.

SyFy received good ratings new when the numbers came in. Their new scripted drama Alphas premiered to 2.5 million people making it SyFy’s most-watched series debut in two years.

Joel McHale gives Melissa McCarthy some Emmy advice in preperation of her duties as Emmy nomination announcer (along with Joshua Jackson).

Curb Your Enthusiasm came back super strong Sunday night, with the eighth season premiere delivering 1.7 million viewers. That’s up 53 percent from its seventh season opener, with 2.1 million tuning in total, when you include the show’s repeat. It is the most-watched episode of Curb in 7 years.

Do you wonder how Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin feels about HBO’s adaptation? He thinks it’s wonderful.

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