News Briefs: Disney Channel Has Officially Ordered Girl Meets World to Series

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... Disney Channel has officially picked up Girl Meets World, the updated sequel of the '90s series Boy Meets World. Aimed at kids and families, Girl Meets World is set in New York City and follows the middleschool adventures of Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), the 'tween daughter of original Boy Meets World characters Cory and Topanga. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will reprise their roles to play Riley's parents; Cory is now a teacher at his daughter's school, and Topanga is the proprietor of a cool teen hangout that peddles pudding. Look for it in 2014. [Disney Channel via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Surprise! Community creator Dan Harmon did not like the fourth season of Community, also known as "the season Dan Harmon was fired from." At his anything-goes podcast-show Harmontown, Harmon confirmed that he watched the season for the first time and compared it to seeing pictures of his girlfriend getting orally intimate with other men. This was after he said he wouldn't "be a jerk" about his feelings on Season 4, be they good or bad. Harmon also said that he's put a call into Bill Murray to get him to play Jeff's dad, even though James Brolin played Papa Winger in Season 4. Harmon's comments are definitely worth a read. [Splitsider]

... Charlie Sheen is causing problems on the set of his show! Well, I guess that's not exactly news, but we may as well go over the specifics. Apparently the Sheenster is upset with his Anger Management costar Selma Blair and unofficially fired her—with "unofficially" meaning that Sheen blew up after Blair complained about him, and said he wouldn't work with her if she showed up for work today. [TMZ]

... True Blood debuted its sixth season last night (check out Lily's review!), and it sounds like it lost some fans between seasons. The premiere drew 4.5 million viewers, down 13 percent from the Season 5 opener. The episode was up against the NBA Finals, but are the same people who enjoy seeing Tim Duncan's fundamental bank shot the same people who like ogling Joe Mangienello's bare tookus? I don't think so. [TV By the Numbers]

... The Daytime Emmy Awards happened on Sunday (you'll have to trust me on that one). NBC's Days Of Our Lives took home the title of Best Drama, and The Ellen Degeneres Show won for Outstanding Talk Show. Lead acting nods went to The Young and the Restless's Doug Davidson and The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom, and George Lucas accepted an award for Star Wars: The Clone Wars in the category of Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. But the real story behind the show were the live-TV flubs during the HLN broadcast. Aisha Tyler was handed the wrong envelope when announcing a winner, mics picked up backstage chatter, the audio kept cutting in and out, and Corbin Bernsen said a bad word. Fortunately, no one was watching. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The Americans' Annet Mahendru has spied herself an off-season gig on another show. Mahendru, who plays cute-as-a-button Nina on the FX series, will drop by USA's White Collar in Season 5. She'll play a Russian figure skater who runs into trouble with the Motherland. Look for her in the sixth episode of White Collar's fifth season, which debuts this fall. [TV Line]

... Final Destination's Miles Fisher and relative newcomer Mike Castle have been cast in Comedy Central's pilot Bad Advice From My Brother. Fisher will play the older of two brothers who tries to steer his younger sibling (Castle) down the right path. With hilarious results! Reggie Watts (Comedy Bang Bang) also stars; he'll play the brothers' neighbor. [Deadline Hollywood]

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