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--Fox and Neil Patrick Harris are reportedly very close to signing a deal in which NPH guest stars on an episode of -- wait for it -- "Glee." And, if that news isn't awesome enough, it's supposed to be for the episode directed by Joss Whedon. No word on whether NPH sings something from "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long."



--The late-night talk show hosts aren't the only ones ticked off at NBC. "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay is peeved because the show's ratings dipped after moving from its 10 p.m. slot to 9 p.m., she told TVGuide.com. Let me ask, is there a single person happy over on the NBC lot in Burbank right now?



--Larry David will be honored with the Paddy Chayefsky Award from the Writer's Guild of America in February for his work on "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." It's basically the highest honor a writer for TV can receive. Previous winners include David Chase of "The Sopranos" and John Wells of "West Wing" and "ER."



--Fox announced it is developing a US version of the hit BBC series "Torchwood" with the show's creator, Russel T. Davies. One report said star John Barrowman would reprise his role as Capt. Jack Harkness for the US version, which would be its own series, not a spinoff of the UK version. Personally, I see this as heading down the "Life On Mars" road -- where the US version is watered down and not up to the original's standards. (Unlike, for example, the US version of "The Office," which has proven itself over time to be almost equal to the UK version). It's not the only UK show headed for a remake on this side of the pond. There have already been plans for remakes of "Prime Suspect" and "Being Human," among others, announced as in development.



--It appears as if Conan O'Brien's final two guests on "The Tonight Show" will be Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks -- who were also his first two guests when he got the gig seven months ago. Technically, O'Brien and NBC haven't come to an arrangement yet as of Wednesday morning as I post this. The main hangup is over severance packages for Conan's staff and crew, not over who owns the intellectual property rights to Conan characters such as Triumph The Insult Dog and The Masterbaiting Bear." Conan was originally destined for hiatus beginning Monday as NBC prepares for the Winter Olympics. As of now, Conan reruns are scheduled for the timeslot beginning Monday.



WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Hopefully, you caught the "Human Target" (Fox, 9 p.m.) pilot by now as it settles into its regular timeslot beginning tonight, following "American Idol." It's a fun show with Mark Valley ("Keen Eddie") protecting targets by becoming a target himself.



CBS is all-new tonight with "Old Christine," "Gary Unmarried," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY." NBC airs a new "Mercy" at 8 p.m. ABC has new installments of "Modern Family," with guest star Chazz Palminteri, and "Cougar Town," beginning at 9 p.m., followed by a new "Ugly Betty" at 10 p.m.



If you missed the pilot for CW's "Life Unexpected," the network is rerunning it tonight at 8 p.m.



On cable, the "Leverage" team tries to save Nate's (Timothy Hutton) favorite bar (TNT, 10 p.m.) At the same time, there's a new "Nip/Tuck" on FX.



Finally, a new season of "Project Runway" (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) kicks off tonight.

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