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Paula Abdul Eyes 'Ugly Betty' Role & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 12th 2009 12:30PM
Paula AbdulFormer 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul already has her sights set on another TV show: 'Ugly Betty.'

Also in the news today: Scott Foley books 'Law & Order: SVU,' while 'True Blood' continues to be a big ratings draw.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.Paula Abdul'American Idol' is moving on -- and so is Paula Abdul. Sources say the ex-judge is in talks for a guest appearance on the ABC comedy series 'Ugly Betty.' She'd play a new temp who befriends Amanda (Becki Newton) -- presumably for a better salary. [Ausiello Files]


Scott Foley'Felicity' alum Scott Foley has landed a guest spot on 'Law & Order: SVU,' playing a real estate agent who gets tied up in a murder investigation. Foley is scheduled to appear in 'SVU''s fourth episode, titled 'Hammered.' [Ausiello Files]


Ernie HudsonActor Ernie Hudson ('Oz') is joining the cast of 'Heroes' season 4. He'll play Captain Bullock, a Baltimore detective, in a recurring role, although no word yet on when he'll actually appear. 'Heroes' premieres Mon., Sept. 21 on NBC. [Hollywood Reporter]


True Blood'True Blood' continues to smash its own ratings records, earning 4.4 million viewers on Sunday. That number tops last week's record of 4.27 million. Talk about a big draw. [TV By the Numbers]



Yaya DecostaFormer 'America's Next Top Model' contestant Yaya DaCosta will co-star on 'Ugly Betty''s upcoming fourth season. She'll play Wilhelmina's (Vanessa Williams) daughter, Nico, replacing actress Jowharah Jones. Look for DaCosta to make her first 'Betty' appearance on Oct. 9. [Ausiello Files]

Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers'The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers' got roasted in Sunday night's ratings battle, taking in a measly 2.8 million viewers total. That's down 32 percent from the March roast of Larry the Cable Guy, which earned 4.1 million viewers. Somebody may want to cry her a Rivers. [Variety]


ALSO IN TV NEWS ...

AMC has snagged the rights to 'The Walking Dead,' a comic book from Robert Kirkman. Frank Darabont will write, direct and executive produce the series, about a group of survivors search for a safe home during the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. [Hollywood Reporter]

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