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Kevin Bacon to Steal Rainn Wilson’s Wife

Cooked!: Kevin Bacon has joined Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, and Liv Tyler in the cast of Super. The film revolves around a regular guy (Wilson) whose wife (Liv Tyler) falls for a swarthy drug dealer (Bacon). He responds by taking on the alter ego of a superhero named Crimson Bolt. Since he doesn’t have super powers, he hits people with a wrench, which would probably be a pretty painful thing to be hit with. [Screen Daily]

21 With a Chance of Meatballs: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, are in discussions with Columbia Pictures to helm a film based on the TV show 21 Jump Street. The film will have the same name and revolve around a group of young cops who go undercover at a high school. This will be the duo’s first live-action feature, but Jonah Hill is starring and he couldn’t really look more like a cartoon. So, easy transition! [Variety]

What to Watch While Drunk: CBS’s reality show Undercover Boss has landed the coveted post–Super Bowl slot on February 7. The show follows business executives as they go undercover in entry-level positions at their companies. White Castle, 7-Eleven, Hooters, Waste Management, and Churchill Downs have signed up for the first season. It’s a rare move to place a new show in the highly rated position, but it’s a testament to how confident CBS is that people will want to see this guy in little orange shorts. [THR]

Order Up: USA has renewed dramedy White Collar for a second season. There are no details about the size of the order for the show, which is about a white-collar criminal who starts working as an FBI consultant. Bernie Madoff is psyched. [THR]

Curb Your Enthusiasm: ABC has given a pilot order to Awkward Situations for Men, a comedy starring British funnyman Danny Wallace. The project is based on Wallace’s upcoming book of the same name. It’s about him and his wife moving to the U.S., where they discover that his behavior is not kosher in our fair nation. Why this show won’t be starring Ricky Gervais is a mystery. [THR]

Kevin Bacon to Steal Rainn Wilson’s Wife