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Josh Duhamel, Oliver Hudson, Mark Gordon Sell Soap Opera Drama to ABC

The Mark Gordon Co. is going full-steam ahead with a pair of soap opera-themed dramas set up at ABC and NBC.

At ABC, Transformers star Josh Duhamel 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.

Based on an original idea by Duhamel, who recurred as Leo on ABC's All My Children, the actor co-created the concept with Berg and Harberts (Revenge, GCB, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls) -- who will pen the script -- and executive produce alongside Mark Gordon Co. head of drama Nicholas Pepper and actor Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement, Dawson's Creek). Hudson and Duhamel may both appear on-screen should the project move forward, though not in a series regular capacity.

The project comes a year after Duhamel reprised his role on ABC's All My Children as the long-running soap marched toward its final episode. ABC in April 2011 opted to cancel both AMC and One Life to Live to make room for two younger-skewing lifestyle-oriented series in The Chew and The Revolution.

NBC, meanwhile, 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.
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