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Today's TWoP News: Friday, November 4, 2011

Last Man Standing is living up to its name.

ABC ordered nine more episodes of Once Upon a Time, Happy Endings and Last Man Standing, bringing each show's season to 22 episodes. Pan Am didn't share Tim Allen's luck, however: the network only ordered five more scripts, without greenlighting production. Clearly they don't find the show as educationally enriching as we do.

Thomas Matthews, the son of MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, will play a junior producer on Aaron Sorkin's still untitled HBO newsroom drama. We won't get to see Dad play hardball and speed walk on the show, however -- MSNBC nixed his cameo.

Holly Hunter is packing up for New Zealand: The Oscar-winning actress will co-star in BBC Two's miniseries Top of the Lake alongside alongside Elizabeth Moss as a guru at a local women's camp.

Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia!) will guest star on The Lying Game as Char's aunt Rebecca, who actually goes by the name "Annie," but isn't the twins' long-lost mother, who is also named Annie. That's not confusing at all.

Fans of Treme, start your mourning: The show about nothing will end after next season.

Unlike the short-lived (and fake) Cougarton Abbey, Downton Abbey was given a third season (or series, if you want to pretend to be British).

Storage Wars fans, brace yourselves: Spike TV picked up Luggage Wars, which follows "baggage bidders" trying to win lost suitcases. Hopefully none of them know the word "yep."

NBC ordered a pilot for Isabel, a comedy about a fairly normal middle-class family that is raising teenage daughter with the ability of magic. Sounds like the perfect show to fill the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch-shaped hole in my life.

Following the casting of Summer Glau in Scent of the Missing, TNT cast three dogs for the canine search and rescue team. Golden retriever Jackson will play the lead, Puzzle, Glau's partner in crime; Saint Bernard/Australian Shepherd mix Bolt will play Shadow, a "rubber ball obsessed" search and rescue dog; and salmon jerky-loving German Shepherd Sam will play Chaos, the newest member of the team. Woof!

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