TVLine Items: Murder She Won't Write, Girl Meets World Expands, Castle Castings and More

Murder She Wrote Remake MistakeWho killed the Murder, She Wrote remake?

NBC’s new take on the old Angela Lansbury mystery series will not be moving forward at this time, our sister site Deadline reports.

Octavia Spencer (The Help) was to star, as a hospital administrator-slash-amateur sleuth not named Jessica Fletcher. The remake — which Lansbury herself dismissed as a “mistake” — could be revisited at a later date.

Read for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well….

* Disney Channel confirms for TVLine that Season 1 of its Boy Meets World continuation, Girl Meets World, has been expanded to 21 total episodes, premiere date TBA.

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* Melissa & Joey will host a Sabrina the Teenage Witch reunion when Elisa Donovan guest-stars on the ABC Family comedy as a museum director who hits it off with Joe, TVGuide.com reports. (Donovan replaces Tara Reid in the role, hmm.)

* Castle‘s upcoming Mean Girls-meets-Cruel Intentions-meets-Firestarter (?!) episode, titled “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and airing Feb. 3, features Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries) and Hannah Marks (Necessary Roughness) as guest stars.

* Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) will play Kyle Chandler’s “black sheep” older brother in Netflix’s yet-to-be-titled psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, Deadline reports.

* British funnyman Stephen Merchant (Life’s Too Short) will tend to the Dunphys as a hotel butler in Modern Family‘s springtime Las Vegas episode, TV Guide Magazine reports.

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* The Disney Channel original movie Cloud 9 on Friday drew 5 million total viewers, making it cable’s most watched program for the night, and ranked as the No. 2 cable telecast of the season among tweens (trailing only Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas).

Which of today’s TVLine Items has you talking?