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Today's TWoP News: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Looks like Simon Cowell isn't the master judge he thought he was.

Although Cowell said he wants The X Factor to beat American Idol in ratings, so far, no good. X Factor saw a weak debut with only 12.1 million viewers, compared to January's season premiere of American Idol, which drew in 21.6 million. And even though it had better numbers than The Voice when it opened, (11.8 million) the NBC show had higher ratings (5.1/13, compared to X Factor's 4.2/12). Cowell does have something to brag about, though:X Factor gave Fox its highest-rated Wednesday in 13 years.

The Angels finally got their Charlie: After Robert Wagner dropped out of the reboot due to scheduling conflicts, ABC announced Victor Garber (Alias) will be playing Charlie following Wagner's portrayal in the pilot. Co-creator and executive producer Al Gough said the show plans to also explore Charlie's background, including "Why is [Charlie] on a voice box as opposed to Skype or video conferencing?" Maybe because the show debuted in 1976, when neither Skype nor video conferencing existed? Just a wild guess.

Life, it ain't easy for Ron Donald. Party Down's Ken Marino will be joining Whitney as the brother of Andy, Whitney's boyfriend. Honestly, he'd be better off opening another Soup R' Crackers than sticking around on that nightmare.

Is this the Take-Your-Parents-to-TV season? In addition to Mike Chang and Emma Pillsbury's parents swinging by Glee and Pierce's presumably-dead dad on Community, Cougar Town will be meeting Ellie's mother. Susan Blakely (Southland) will play "upscale, attractive, patrician" Claire, who is secretly horrible.

Unsurprising news of the day: Lost's Doug Hutchinson, 51, and his 16-year-old wife, Courtney Stodden, are getting their own reality show produced by Roy Bank (Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?). On the bright side, that'll make our Most Heinous list much easier to write every week.

NBC bought a family comedy project from John Legend and former NBC exec Teri Weinberg titled Mixed Blessings. The show focuses on a black prominent hip-hop artist who learns he has a son from a white suburban family and develops a relationship with them. Are they sure they didn't mean to hire Legend and Weinberg to work on a Parenthood storyline?

Roseanne Barr announced today that Lifetime cancelled her reality show, Roseanne's Nuts, after just one season. Fans can expect to find the comedian outside of her macadamia nut plantation, though: she's also developing a new sitcom with her boyfriend, Johnny Argent, at 20th Century Television about a family struggling to make ends meet (where have I heard that before?), in addition to running for president under America's Green Tea Party and getting really high off-camera.

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