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Patsy and Edina live on! At least in the form of foot wear. The hysterical minds at Sock Puppet Sitcom Theatre will present their latest TV series salute to Absolutely Fabulous on Feb. 16, 7 p.m. at the Echo. Brit fans are fortunate enough to watch Ab Fab's Jennifer Saunders in the current BBC comedy series Blandings. The hilarity surrounds Lord Clarence Emsworth and his sister Lady Connie and the daily chaos that is life at Blandings Castle.

Joining Saunders are Little Britain's David Walliams, singer Paloma Faith and Harry Potter vets Mark Williams and Timothy Spall. Saunders' Ab Fab costar Joanna Lumly will appear in the Martin Scorsese film version of Jordan Belfort's book The Wolf of Wall Street. The film reunites Django Unchained costars Leo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.

ABC has chosen Valentine's Day to unveil its new series Zero Hour. The dramatic thriller introduces a former editor of a skeptics magazine who stumbles upon a real-world-shattering conspiracy.  Zero Hour stars E.R.'s Anthony Edwards, Real World: London cast member Jacinda Barrett and Greek vet Scott Michael Foster.

Another non-romantic V-Day release is A Good Day To Die Hard, which not only returns Bruce Willis to the Die Hard film franchise but introduces Spartacus: War of the Damned vet Jai Courtney as his son Jack. This certainly implies plans for Courtney taking over for Willis when he needs a segway to do chase scenes, but it's certainly not guaranteed. After all, how many Indiana Jones movies has Shia LaBeouf done since playing Harrison Ford's chip off the ol' whip in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?

For those as impatient as I am for new episodes of the Logo series DTLA, you can get a fix of Darryl Stephens in Gary Lennon's play A Family Thing. The world premiere opens Feb. 16 and runs through March 17 at The Echo Theater Company at L.A.'s Stage 52. Described as darkly funny, the drama focuses on three estranged brothers—an ex-con, an addict and a gay writer—who come together to complete some unfinished dysfunctional family business. Joining Stephens are Elizabeth Regen of Entourage, Hemingway & Gellhorn's Saverio Guerra, The O.C.'s Johnny Messner and 90210's Sean Wing.

Darryl Stephens' costar from the film Boy Culture, Derek Magyar, joins The Rules of Attraction's Kip Pardue in the Cold War-set drama Phantom. The submarine-set thriller, which harkens back to Hunt for Red October, will have its official premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Feb. 27. Among the cast who may walk the red carpet are Ed Harris, Californication's David Duchovny, Aliens vet Lance Henrickson, Powder's Sean Patrick Flanery and The Doom Generation's Johnathon Schaech.

Tales of the City alum Billy Campbell tries to steal the spotlight away from Daniel Day Lewis when he plays the great emancipator in Killing Lincoln. The original telefilm will air on the National Geographic Channel Feb. 17 and costars Todd Fletcher, who also appears in Spielberg's Lincoln, plus Brie's gay son from Desperate Housewives, Shawn Pyfrom.

Feb. 19 brings the latest in a new TV trend of serial killer drama. Following the wake of The Following and preceding the upcoming Hannibal series for NBC and A&E's Bates Motel comes The Cult from Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. Former Prison Break star Rob Knepper plays magnetic cult leader Billy Grimm, who is behind a series of shocking murders. The series also features ex-The Vampire Diaries cast member Matthew Davis as an investigative reporter, Melrose Place's Jessica Lucas as his tech-savvy partner plus Caprica's Teryl Rothery, True Blood's Aisha Hinds and Sanctuary's Paul McGillion.

Fans of Shahs of Sunset are salivating at the news that series star Mike is doing a photo spread for Playgirl. The bad news, besides it being Mike of Shahs of Sunset, is that they shot it along the syringe-and-chemical-filled waterway known as the L.A. River. This could be Playgirl's first glow-in-the-dark centerfold.