Comedy Central Rejectee Sarah Silverman Is Moving to the Sitcom Big Leagues

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… A "major bidding war" is underway for a new, single-camera comedy co-written by and starring Sarah Silverman. The show, about "a woman readjusting to the single life after a decade-long live-in relationship," is being produced by Imagine TV, and has Imagine head Ron Howard so excited, he's been tagging along on pitches. This makes me extremely happy, but a close friend said he'd rather "burn in a slow fire like a pig" than watch this show. So I accept that there will be a variety of reactions to this news. [Deadline]

… The unholy trinity of Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson have all signed on for another super-duper season of American Idol. Producers wanted a multi-year commitment from Lopez, but only got one year. Salary: $20 million, up from $12 million last season, or four times the amount needed to eradicate starvation in Somalia. But she’s worth it! [LA Times]

… Fox’s two-hour MasterChef finale drew big numbers on Tuesday: 7 million viewers in the 18-to-49 demo. Meanwhile, NBC’s America’s Got Talent hit a season low, but still won the night. And congrats to former Miss Delaware Jennifer Behm. You are the ChefMaster. (Am I the Gatekeeper?) [NY Times]

… Here's some happy casting news for nostalgic Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans: Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters have booked guest-starring roles in Supernatural’s seventh season. Marsters will play a man married to a witch, who in turn will played by Carpenter, in an episode producers are describing as “Bewitched gone wrong.” This HAS to be better than Carpenter's last job. [TVLine]

… It’s been an ugly day of updates in the Russell Armstrong suicide case. Bravo has halted production on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and ordered everyone involved with the show to say nothing. Taylor Armstrong was present when her ex-husband’s body was discovered. And Russell’s family is considering taking legal action against Bravo. Said his step-brother: “Everyone in the family thinks that Bravo is to blame.” [Radar]

… Cartoon Network has announced return date for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The show's fourth season will debut the first of its 22 all-new episodes during a one-hour event airing Friday, September 16, at 8pm. []

… Remember how Disney was trying to copyright the name “SEAL Team 6” after the Osama bin Laden assassination? Well, now we know why: Jerry Bruckheimer has set up a Navy SEAL drama at ABC. [Deadline]

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