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Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 3, 2012

by Hillary Goldsmith February 3, 2012 3:54 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 3, 2012

Looks like The Firm is on the chopping block this season.

The NBC drama has been bumped out of its regular Thursday night slot into the 9 PM Saturday death-slot, after going soft in its ratings. Awake will be taking The Firm's space.

J.J. Abrams has signed with NBC to direct a new series called Revolution, which will follow a group of characters and their struggle to survive after all forms of energy have ceased to exist. It's like Lost meets The Walking Dead... this should end well.

Speaking of Lost, Ken Leung will be joining Sarah Silverman on her new NBC sitcom. Leung will play a homebody and Silverman's TV-obsessed love interest. Okay, we'll bite.

Power couple Portia De Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres are teaming up to pitch a pilot for a new ABC comedy called The Smart One. De Rossi will star as the brain to her sister's beauty as the assistant to the Mayor. DeGeneres will produce.

ABC family has picked up a new pilot called Baby Daddy, created by Dan Berendsen, which the network says is its highest-testing comedy pilot in history. Meanwhile, ABC Family renewed the teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager for a fifth season, because new babies are all the rage. I was fine when ABC Family just played re-runs of Pepper Ann.

And, in a "Welcome back to TV!" moment, John Leguizamo officially signed on with ABC to star in and executive produce a single-camera comedy inspired by his professional, personal and family life in New York City. Expect a lot of screaming.

Hulu has picked up a ten-episode original series created by Mad Men's Paul Bartholomew and Sex and the City's Liz Tuccillo called Paul the Male Matchmaker. The comedy stars Bartholomew as a matchmaker destined to help women find their soul mate, even though he has no interest in women at all. Debuting February 13, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Edelstein, Tony Hale and Sam Trammell are set to guest-star.

Michael Sheen has signed on to star in a TV series for Showtime titled Masters of Sex, portraying William Masters, the pioneer of the 1960s sex culture.

TLC is launching a new series called My Crazy Obsession, which is based on their fall of 2011 special My Collection Obsession. The show is just what it sounds like; it follows people around to delve deep into their obsessions. Between Extreme Couponing, Toddlers & Tiaras and 19 Kids and Counting, we get it TLC: Everyone's obsessed with something.

And finally, Roseanne Barr is officially going political after she signed all the paperwork this morning to be the Green Party's national candidate for president. Sounds a little shady for someone who can't even sing the National Anthem with pride.

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