Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Arianna Huffington: Pundit, Blogger, Radio Host... TV Sitcom Producer?

Huffington Post maven -- and KCRW "Left, Right & Center" host -- Arianna Huffington is geting into the sitcom business.

Really. Huffington has partnered with "Friends" alum Greg Malins to develop a sitcom for ABC set in the world of politics.

"Freshmen" revolves around a group of three newly elected members of Congress -- two men and one woman -- who wind up sharing an apartment in Washington. Multi-camera half-hour comes from 20th Century Fox TV, where Malins is in the middle of an overall deal...

In D.C., politicos who room together include Democratic politicians Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, George Miller and Bill Delahunt, who all share a rented house.

As for Huffington and (founding editor) Sekoff, Malins said he's an avid reader of the Huffington Post and took a meeting with the duo to get some advice on how to create the show.

"It was a perfect pairing," Malins said. "They threw out some ideas, and I even stole from Arianna's life and put it in the show."

Malins said Huffington and Sekoff are also cooking up Internet tie-ins to the project, such as putting together campaign websites for the show's characters, coinciding with next year's midterm elections.

As for Huffington, the political pundit is already well-versed in the world of TV comedy: She stars as the voice of "Arianna" the bear on Fox's upcoming "The Cleveland Show."

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