NEWS ROUNDUP: Alan Ball Abortion Doctor Drama, Kellie Martin to ARMY WIVES, Mitch Pileggi to DALLAS

TRUE BLOOD EP Alan Ball Developing HBO Medical Drama
WICHITA would revolve around a Kansas abortion doctor who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Arielle Kebbel to Recur on 90210
Kebbel will play Vanessa, a charismatic, edgy and vivacious former bad girl who enjoys a little risk-taking now and again. She'll also become romantically involved with one of the show's leading men.

Kellie Martin joins ARMY WIVES cast for Season 6
Susan Lucci, Kelli Williams, Robert John Burke and Ryan Michelle Bathe will also appear during the new season.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE's Michael Pitt dumped by his agency
United Talent Agency claims Pitt has been "really difficult on set."

Teresa Patel joins ONE LIFE TO LIVE cast
Patel will play Neela, Vimal's baby sister, who has run away from home.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Brad Bell pleased to have Michele Val Jean on board
“I am pleased to announce that Michele Val Jean will be joining our writing team,” said Bell. “With her vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and creativity, Michele is sure to be a significant addition to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL."

Gina Rodriguez to recur on B&B
Rodriguez began taping earlier this week and will first air on Wednesday, November 30 as a friend of Dayzee's.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES star James Reynolds: Soap Operas Will Always Endure
"Television is missing something here. They are looking at the bottom line. Attempting to change viewing habits does not mean that the whole genre is dying out—soap operas will always endure."

TV With A Message: Soap Opera Attempts To Teach Women About Finances
Call it SESAME STREET for adults, Dominican-style. CONTRACORRIENTE has the shocking plot twists of daytime TV, but with a secret message about savings.

Mitch Pileggi to recur on TNT’s DALLAS remake
Pileggi will play a character named Harris Ryland, described as an “alpha male” and Ann’s (Brenda Strong) ex-husband. He’s the owner of a shipping and trucking company.

Julianne Moore on her experience in Hollywood, and navigating Hollywood as a redhead
Right out of school, I started working in theater. And I got a good job on the soap opera, AS THE WORLD TURNS. And I worked there for several years. But the only thing about having red hair, I had a director tell me very early on, that nobody was gonna hire me by accident. You know, because you’re not gonna put somebody on stage who’s got the kind of coloring that I do, and not expect that they’re gonna be seen!

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