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Sweeps Day 2: Learn What Some Major TV Geniuses Are Doing Next!!

I am – Hercules!!

TV execs keep firing the creators of brilliant, life-enhancing shows that you can see for free, in the comfort and privacy of your own homes. So these creators are migrating back to major motion pictures, and now you’ll have to wait a year or two, then hire a babysitter and pay the bucks to see their next projects.

That’ll teach you to not watch!

You all know giant-brained “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” mastermind Joss Whedon is making in June his feature directorial debut on Universal’s big-screen sequel to “Firefly,” right? Let’s move on.

Aaron Sorkin, giant-brained creator of “Sports Night” and “The West Wing,” has now gotten the greenlight from New Line to produce his spec screenplay for “The Farnsworth Invention,” which depicts a 22-year-old genius from Utah who invented television in the 1920s, according to Friday morning’s Variety. This project has long been a part of Sorkin’s agenda, so one assumes Sorkin will still return to TV at some point to oversee his long-gestating proposed series -- a backstage show-within-a-show kind of thing depicting the the creators of a fictional late-night comedy show that bears more than a passing resemblance to “Saturday Night Live.”

Judd Apatow, giant-brained writer-director of “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared,” among other things, was hired by Universal earlier this month make his feature directorial debut on an untitled comedy he will script with “Daily Show” wiseass Steve Carrell. Carrell will also play the lead in the feature, described incessantly by the studio as a “middle-aged coming-of-age comedy.”

So if you’re wondering why you’re so poor at the end of 2005, you can thank NBC, ABC, Fox, the WB, UPN and HBO, who freed these three guys up to move into features.

“JAG” and “Navy NCIS” creator Donald P. Bellasario inexplicably appears NOT to be being sought for big-screen work these days, so CBS is off the hook.

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