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Pick the most promising TV pilot

Don’t you think TV executives should make all their programming decisions using a steel-cage-match format? The PopWatch Steel Cage that is. Here’s six new pilots the networks are kickin’ around:

-Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy) is – ahem – dragging a sitcom project over to Fox, in which he’ll play a Roseanne-esque mother of two.

-British funnyman Eddie Izzard has signed on for FX’s Low Life, about a shady character who tries to change his ways through suburban living.

-The WB has signed singer Brandy to play an entertainment journalist in a new sitcom from Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil.

-The folks behind Ed have cooked up a series for Donal Logue (Grounded for Life), in which he’ll play a working class guy who teams up with his friends to rob a celebrity. (Wha?)

-Courteney Cox and hubby David Arquette are producing Dirt, an FX series about a celebrity tabloid editor, and the Friends star hasn’t ruled out giving herself the starring role.

-And the Rev. Al Sharpton has plans for a CBS sitcom called Al in the Family, built loosely around his life. One word of warning, Al: Emeril. ‘Nuff said.

I don’t know what you guys think, but while the Brandy and Cox projects sound pretty promising, I’m kind of over seeing shows set in the world of entertainment journalism. That’s why, as someone who still loves him some Roseanne, I’m voting for the Fierstein project.

How about you?

Originally posted December 6 2005 — 5:03 PM EST

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