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Arianna Huffington to Produce ABC Comedy & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 16th 2009 1:00PM
Arianna Huffington ABCArianna Huffington teams with ABC, 'Dancing With the Stars' to pay tribute to the late Patrick Swayze, Ron Howard returns to Fox and more of today's top TV headlines.Arianna Huffington ABCFamed Internet blogger Arianna Huffington is teaming up with 'How I Met Your Mother''s Greg Malins to produce a new multi-camera comedy series for ABC. The untitled series will follow three freshmen members of Congress who live and work together in Washington, D.C. Expect it to be a huge hit with the Democrats ... and not so much with the Republicans. [Hollywood Reporter]

Patrick Swayze Dancing With the Stars'Dancing With the Stars' is planning a tribute to the late Patrick Swayze, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. The show will honor Swayze, who filmed a guest spot during 'Dancing''s inaugural season, during season 9's live results show, airing Sept. 23. We assume there will be lots of 'Dirty Dancing.' [PEOPLE]

Ron Howard'Arrested Development' fans rejoice: Oscar winner Ron Howard is returning to Fox with a new multi-camera comedy pilot. The show, written by 'Office' scribe Brent Forrester, will reportedly revolve around workers at an Internal Revenue Service district office. Because we all know how much fun the IRS can be. [Hollywood Reporter]

Barack Obama David LettermanPresident Barack Obama will sit down for an exclusive interview with David Letterman on Mon., Sept. 21. Obama will be the night's only guest, where he will presumably discuss his much-debated health care plan. This will mark Obama's sixth 'Late Show' appearance, and his first since becoming elected President. Take that, Leno. [Hollywood Reporter]

Betty White SAG Lifetime AchievementThe Screen Actors Guild will honor multiple Emmy winner Betty White with its annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented to White, who appeared on a number of popular television shows including 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'The Golden Girls,' during the 16th annual SAG Awards, airing Jan. 23. [Variety]

Ray Wise Dollhouse'Reaper' alum Ray Wise has joined the cast of 'Dollhouse.' Wise will play Howard on the series, a Dollhouse bigwig who "has huge presence and humor." 'Dollhouse' premieres Fri. at 9PM on Fox. [Ausiello Files]

True Blood finaleSunday night's 'True Blood' finale drew an impressive 5.1 million viewers, ending a season of record-breaking numbers. Though good, that number was just shy of Aug. 23's 5.3 million tune-in, which marked a series best for the show. [Live Feed]

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