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Did you hear the one about an Arianna Huffington sitcom?

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 16th 2009 12:04PM
Arianna_HuffingtonWhen I first read the headline about Arianna Huffington getting into the TV comedy business, I had visions of her as Maude or something equally as bizarre.

Fortunately, it was just my skewed sense of humor at work, because Arianna Huffington, the political talking head and co-creator of The Huffington Post, is not starring in a sitcom. ABC has bought Huffington's idea for a multicamera sitcom. And just to make sure it's funny, they've hired executive producer Greg Malins (Friends, How I Met Your Mother) to develop the project.

20th Century Fox TV is producing the show for ABC and, yes, it is about politics. See, there are these three freshman members of the House of Representatives, two men and a woman (but no pizza place). They share an apartment in the D.C. area. "One is swept up in the movement of change... one has been in politics for a long time, and one is a master of the media and sound bites," said Malins.

It's not unusual for Congress folk to live together, but whether it's the stuff of comic inspiration remains to be seen. I saw a news story about how a group of senators, including New York's Charles Schumer and Illinois' Dick Durbin, who were kind of like The Odd Couple (only there were four guys).

Then there's the story about Governor Mark Sanford, the one who was caught in Argentina with a lady who was not his wife. While he was in Congress, he lived with a gaggle of other Reps who all shared the same religious philosophy and had prayer sessions. Bet those guys were a regular Animal House!

Anyway, Malins is psyched about a Washington sitcom. "It's such a dynamic place right now, it's the coolest place in the universe." Hmm... I think I'm living in the wrong place; it's time to move.

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And she was really great as Lisa Douglas on Green Acres...

September 16 2009 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should just revive The Powers That Be.

September 16 2009 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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