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Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

by Ethan Alter January 29, 2013 4:40 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Leslie Knope's alter ego adds "author" to her résumé.

Take that,Tina Fey! Amy Poehler will be writing her own sure-to-be-bestselling bio. Set for release in 2014, the book is described as "an illustrated, nonlinear diary full of humor and honesty." Like, how honest are we talking about here: "Here's the deal with Will Arnett" honest? Or just "Nick Offerman is really great to work with" honest?

Disney Channel's Boy Meet World sequel Girl Meets World has cast its leading... well, girl. 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard won the dubious honor of playing Cory and Topanga's daughter on the new series, which goes before cameras in February. We hope her parents don't pass along some of the disturbing moral lessons they learned as teenagers.

In a move to capture some of Once Upon a Time's ratings magic, NBC has ordered a pilot for Wonderland, a sequel to Lewis Carroll's beloved Alice in Wonderland novel. Executive produced by CSI's Anthony Zuiker (should we be expecting CSI: Wonderland?), the show will follow a new girl into the wondrous realm, who eventually ends up face to face with its new queen... Alice. As long as Tim Burton's name is nowhere near this thing, we're onboard.

Still in search of that elusive breakout original series hit, Starz has picked up a Lawrence Bender-produced drama set in the wild, wooly world of ballet dancing. Will the pilot be titled Black Swan?

But what does this mean for Childrens Hospital?! Rob Corddry has been cast on an ABC comedy pilot as an overachieving dad who joins the Secret Service in order to impress his super-smart kid. Guess there are worse reasons to enter government service...

In other casting news, Scott Wolf will join the cast of TNT's Perception for the show's second season; Eric Maibus is riding along with the Blue Bloods in February; and Jolene Purdy and Nicholas Strong are the lastest actors to join CBS's summer series, Under the Dome.

For the one or two people out there who cares, Showtime has renewed Californication for another season for everyone to ignore. The network also picked up Shameless and House of Lies, which is slightly less bad news. Not to be outdone, Cinemax renewed Alan Ball's new show, Banshee, giving viewers another year to realize it exists.

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