TVLine Items: Happyish Ellen Barkin, Revenge and Mentalist News & More

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Ellen Barkin‘s new normal is to be Happyish.

The New Normal actress has joined Showtime’s half-hour pilot, starring British thesp Steve Coogan and Kathryn Hahn (Transparent, Parks and Recreation).

The project — which went from series order back to the pilot stage after its original leading man, Philip Seymour Hoffman, passed away — is a described as “a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.”

Barkin will guest-star in the pilot as a headhunter who works closely with Coogan’s character.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Sebastian Pigott (Being Erica) has landed the role of Louise’s politician brother on Revenge, our sister site Deadline reports.

* Model Cindy Crawford will appear as herself on the sixth and final season of Cougar Town, People reports.

* Look who’s getting some! Jane the Virgin has tapped Cheech Marin (Cheech & Chong) to play Alba’s love interest, EW.com reports.

* Joshua Bitton will reprise his role as The Mentalist’s onetime CBI Agent Rick Tork in Episode 12, TVLine has confirmed. Bitton’s previous TV credits also include Castle (as “Sully”), The Pacific and Bones.

* Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) will guest-star on The McCarthys as the sister of Laurie Metcalf’s character, The Wrap reports.

* CBS on Monday night will bump its regularly scheduled programming to air the relocated, rescheduled New York Jets/Buffalo Bills game in these markets: New York (WCBS), Buffalo (WIVB), Syracuse (WTVH), Rochester (WROC), Albany (WRGB), Elmira (EENY), Binghamton (WBNG), Watertown (WWNY) and Erie (WSEE).

* What Not to Wear host Stacy London will return to TLC with the make-under show Love, Lust or Run, premiering Jan. 23.