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Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, January 4, 2011

It's a Jersey-off on this season of Celebrity Apprentice. Where's The Situation?

Donald Trump won't be inhabiting the White House anytime soon, but his current gig probably pays better anyway. NBC announced the new line-up of Celebrity Apprentice contestants, a menagerie of famous, semi-famous and infamous names including Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, Wayne's World babe Tia Carrere (sigh... remember Relic Hunter? That was a truly great bad show), ex-talk show host Arsenio Hall, mob wife Victoria Gotti and, for some reason, Aubrey O'Day. The one person we're genuinely excited to see match wits with The Donald? George Takei. Doesn't matter what happens on the show itself -- Sulu will always be the celebrity apprentice in our hearts.

Here's the new slogan for BBC America: "It's not just Doctor Who repeats anymore!" The network is about to commence with the production of its first original scripted series, Copper, which will star ex-MI-5 spook Tom Weston-Jones as an Irish-American cop pounding the cobblestone pavements of 1860s New York. Run Lola Run actress Franka Potente will also play a major role on the series, which sounds a little like Gangs of New York meets Law & Order. Consider us curious.

Sign of a Seismic Shift in the TV Industry #3456: According to a media analyst Netflix ranks as the 15th most watched "network" in the U.S. and may be the second most-watched in homes that already have the service. That calculation is based on information released by Netflix that claims its subscribers streamed more than 2 billion hours of TV shows and movies in the last quarter of 2011. Expect that number to jump about another billion when and if new episodes of Arrested Development arrive on Netflix in the next year or so.

A sigh of relief raced through the TWoP offices this morning when ABC's alleged "comedy" Work It premiered to terrible ratings last night. Thank you, America. Now, if you'll only go out of your way to avoid Last Man Standing as well...

After giving so much to television in the form of thirtysomething, My So-Called Life and Once and Again, TV is now giving something back to frequent collaborators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. The duo will be honored at this year's WGA Awards on February 19 with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award. Hey, who's up for a thirtysomething reunion entitled fiftysomething?

Jonathan Groff leaves McKinley High behind for the bright lights of Chicago. The actor has booked a guest spot on The Good Wife as a devoted brother who sues a software company after his sister vanishes while protesting overseas in Syria. Here's hoping he serenades the courtroom with a rousing rendition of "Bohemian Raphsody."

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