Today’s TV Bits offers a few things to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, including imperiled lawyers, asshole baseball players, pretty flight attendants, and a touch of dry British humor. After the jump:

  • NBC drops two teasers for its legal thriller The Firm
  • HBO announces premiere dates for Eastbound & Down and Life’s Too Short
  • ABC confirms that Pan Am is not cancelled

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Battlestar Galactica star Tricia Helfer has signed up for NBC’s The Firm, based on the bestselling John Grisham novel of the same title. (The book was also turned into a 1993 film starring Tom Cruise.) Helfer will be playing Alex Clark, a senior partner at the central law firm of Kinross & Clark. The project reuintes her with fellow Cylon Callum Keith Rennie.

The story revolves around an attorney named Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) and his wife Abby (Molly Parker), who are trying to make a new life for themselves in D.C. When Mitch gets brought in as a partner at Kinross & Clark, he slowly comes to realize that the firm isn’t exactly what it seems. Juliette Lewis co-stars as Mitch’s receptionist, and Rennie as Mitch’s older brother.

Helfer’s demonstrated some impressive acting chops during her time at BSG, and the role of a tough, morally iffy lawyer seems like a perfect fit for a woman made famous by her role as a tough, morally iffy Cylon. I look forward to many shots of Lucas looking simultaneously entranced and terrified. [TV Line]

After the jump, Bryan Cranston gets cast in something. Plus: Ryan Reynolds teams up with Tyler Labine, and Showtime greenlights a trio of pilots.

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