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Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

by Ethan Alter January 15, 2013 2:29 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Maggie Smith holds court again.

To paraphrase Grandma Martha, through war and peace, Downton Abbey still stands and Maggie Smith is still on it. The veteran British star has re-upped her contract for Season 4, which means there's lots of mean put-downs to look forward to next January. Now Julian Fellowes has to get a move on recruiting some of our other casting suggestions so the Dowager Countess has someone worth sparring with.

Justin Bieber isn't the only pop star turning his life into a sitcom. Singer turned professional mom Jessica Simpson will develop and star in a semi-autobiographical comedy series for NBC. Although nothing on the show can possibly funnier than her music career.

Apparently, Oprah Winfrey's much buzzed about conversation with Lance Armstrong was so revealing, it's going to take two nights to cover all the juicy details. The special, titled Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive, will air on Thursday and Friday night at 9 PM on the OWN Network. Here's a small taste of what to expect.

Young actor Colin Ford has become the first performer to join CBS's summer series, Under the Dome, based on Stephen King's blockbuster tome. Ford will play the teenage Joe, whose parents are trapped outside the dome that mysteriously covers the rural New England town.

Scott Foley has landed a recurring role on ABC's Scandal as a yet-to-be-idenfitied character who will play a big role in the final batch of Season 2 episodes. Is Kerry Washington going to start time-traveling Felicity style? Scandal is just crazy enough to try that kind of stunt.

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