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Debra MessingSomething about doing a series on USA seems a bit like career suicide, but you gotta pay the bills when your long-running sitcom finally comes to an end. Debra Messing, of Will & Grace fame, will be taking on the title role in The Starter Wife. Based on a novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, the six hour series will look at the life of a woman who must redefine herself as the wife of a Hollywood studio head. If the name Grazer is ringing any bells—Gigi was married to (and recently split from) uber-producer Brian Grazer. Messing has had her fair share of success, including the 2003 Emmy win for playing Grace Adler on Will & Grace. Her dance card continues to be filled, with appearances in Curtis Hanson’s upcoming film Lucky You and Edward Burns latest, Purple Violets. Consider this a short stopover at the USA Network—hey, it beats doing a movie of the week.

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Mel GibsonWell, in light of Mel Gibson’s recent incident, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that ABC has canceled the miniseries that Gibson was working on about the Holocaust. Even Mel’s best attempt at an apology couldn’t smooth the waters enough to keep the series afloat. For those living in a bubble—or just disinterested in entertainment news—Gibson was arrested on suspicion of a DUI early Friday morning. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he mouthed off at the arresting officer, spouting anti-Semitic remarks. He made a public apology on Saturday, stating that he has entered rehab to treat his alcoholism. An ABC spokeswoman said that they canceled the project because they had not seen a first draft of a script in two years, but made no mention of Gibson’s incident.

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DescriptionHollywood mega-director Steven Spielberg will soon flaunt his talents on television. The most famous director in Hollywood will bring a 12-hour miniseries entitled Nine Lives to the always experimental SciFi Channel.

Nine Lives will focus on characters who are each grieving over the loss of a loved one and somehow discover how to reunite with them in the afterlife through near-death experiences, SciFi executives said during parent company NBC Universal Cable’s portion of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.

No doubt movie and television fans alike are eagerly awaiting the premiere of this exciting new series.

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Gallery: Spielberg Lights Up The Small Screen With Nine Lives