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NEWS ROUNDUP: Soaps In Development At ABC, NBC; Rob Kazinsky Joins TRUE BLOOD; Susan Lucci's Emmy Dress Regret

Josh Duhamel, Oliver Hudson, Mark Gordon Sell Soap Opera Drama to ABC
Josh Duhamel (ALL MY CHILDREN's Leo) is teaming with Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts for an untitled drama about a daytime soap opera that explores the loves, lives and lunacy at an on-the-bubble network soap opera, where the antics of the cast and crew are crazier than any plot lines they broadcast. Set when the TV genre is faltering, the larger-than-life workplace family fights a never-ending desperate battle to keep their show on the air, egos secure and relationships in tact.

Hudson and Duhamel may both appear on-screen should the project move forward, though not in a series regular capacity.

THE GRAVEYARD QUEEN being developed by NBC
NBC is adapting Amanda Stevens' novel "The Graveyard Queen." The drama is described as a high-concept genre soap opera and revolves around a girl cursed at youth with the ability to see the dead, she works as a cemetery restorer who, at great risk to her physical and mental well-being, joins forces with a haunted homicide detective to solve a string of brutal murders in Charleston, S.C. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts are writing the script.

TRUE BLOOD Signs EASTENDERS Star Rob Kazinsky as Series Regular
Kazinsky will play Ben, a faerie who helps Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) unravel the mystery of their parents' murders.

Susan Lucci Regrets Wearing The Eighties Dress to End All Eighties Dresses to the Emmys
"One dress I wore in the late late eighties to the Emmys. What was I thinking? It was a dress I bought in Toronto when I was doing a movie there. And as many of us did in the late Eighties—you couldn't put enough on your body at one time. And this dress had everything that you could possibly have in a dress. It had several materials, some were metallic, it was basically black and silver, it had lace, it had ruffles it had studs, it had rhinestones, it had poofy sleeves, off the shoulder, a fitted bodice and a full skirt. That's everything."

CW Adapts ‘Vanishing Act’ Books As Series From Carol Mendelsohn And Natalie Chaidez
Produced by CSI maiden Carol Mendelsohn and written by Natalie Chaidez, JANE WHITEFIELD centers on a quirky young woman in search of her biological parents and her own identity who runs a private investigation/”eraser” company in Portland.

Gabriel Mann says playing bisexual is the best Revenge
REVENGE's Nolan is one of the only bisexual characters on television, something that Mann delights in because it means limitless possibilities are limitless.

"He describes himself as firmly a three on the Kinsey Scale which sort of puts him right in the middle of everything," he says. "I kind of thought that was really interesting as a character because we've had some really great, interesting gay characters on television, we've certainly had a hundred, million years of everybody being straight on TV too. I thought that bisexuals weren't well represented. So as we were kind of figuring out who this guy was, I felt like that would something really interesting to play with, certainly different than some of what we've seen on television."

FRINGE's Seth Gabel joins ARROW
Gabel is joining Arrow as a “scary and nightmarish” super-villain modeled after the DC Comics character Vertigo.

Greg Berlanti & Julie Plec To Produce CW Adaptation Of UK Show TOMORROW PEOPLE
TOMORROW PEOPLE is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.

Secret of the Obama Victory? Rerun Watchers, for One Thing
Culling never-before-used data about viewing habits, and combining it with more personal information about the voters the campaign was trying to reach and persuade than was ever before available, the system allowed Mr. Obama’s team to direct advertising with a previously unheard-of level of efficiency, strategists from both sides agree.

“Future campaigns ignore the targeting strategy of the Obama campaign of 2012 at their peril,” said Ken Goldstein, the president of Kantar Media/CMAG, a media monitoring firm that tracked and analyzed political advertising for both campaigns. “This was an unprecedented marrying of detailed information on viewing habits and political predispositions.”

FCC Data Suggests More Obama Ads on '2 Broke Girls,' More Republican Ads During Olympics
So, where are viewers likely to see Obama ads? The CBS sitcom 2 BROKE GIRLS heavily leaned toward the Democrats (the Obama campaign, Democratic committees and outside Democratic groups are all grouped together) in Wilson's analysis. By contrast, the Olympics saw a large amount of Republican ads airing (by Mitt Romney's campaign, committees and outside groups), Yahoo finds.

First Lady Michelle Obama a DOWNTON ABBEY fan
President Barack is also a fan of the Brit costume drama and the couple could not wait until January 6, when the new episodes air in the United States.

A source on the hit ITV1 show said: “We know it’s very popular in America as it’s so quintessentially British. We’d heard the Obamas liked to watch it but we were very surprised when someone from the First Lady’s office got in touch asking for the series They were very polite and we were more than happy to sort out some DVDs for them to send over. Obviously we hope they keep the spoilers to themselves as our US fans may not know about... well, you know what!”

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