+ Ugly Betty was only the beginning. Salma Hayek, who exec-produces the Emmy-winning ABC dramedy, is further staking her claim in television by developing several new shows through her Ventanarosa Productions. Insiders confirm that ABC has bought two scripts to be produced by ABC Studios: Guilty is a drama about marriage from Maggie Friedman (Jack & Bobby), and Get Out is a workplace sitcom from Alana Sanko (Murphy Brown). Fox, meanwhile, bought Howl, a drama about a female werewolf from newcomer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and ABC Studios. CBS execs are looking to get into business with Hayek too — they’re developing the drama script Yo!, about an author who uses her Latin American family as her main subject (from playwright Rinne Groff).
+ In a risky scheduling move, HBO will air its new half-hour drama In Treatment on a nightly basis beginning Jan. 28. The show, which stars Gabriel Byrne as a psychotherapist and is based on a hit Israeli series, will focus on five patients — each given their own night — during its nine-week run. (Blair Underwood, Embeth Davidtz, and Josh Charles are among the actors costarring in the series.) ”We can take this on in a way nobody else can,” explains HBO program-planning chief David Baldwin, who expects most viewers to either record Treatment on DVRs or order it from HBO on Demand. ”We don’t worry about premiere ratings.”
+ Brothers & Sisters star John Pyper-Ferguson will take a time-out from playing Rachel Griffiths’ estranged husband to depict an artist drawn to Jimmy Smits’ wife in three episodes of CBS’ Cane. — Lynette Rice
+ Meryl Streep is in early negotiations to play culinary legend Julia Child in Sony’s adaptation of best-seller and foodie favorite Julie & Julia. Amy Adams (Enchanted) is in talks to play Julie, the disgruntled temp who spends a year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Sony is staying mum, but sources speculate that writer-director Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle) could begin filming early next year.
+ Sony is also ramping up plans for Spider-Man 4. James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) has been hired to pen the script for the latest Spidey installment. (Vanderbilt may not be able to write during a strike, but the Writers Guild can’t stop him from thinking, right?) It’s unknown whether Sam Raimi will return to direct, but he’s likely to be involved in some way. Sony is planning for a 2009 release. — Nicole Sperling
+ Wild boys never lose it: Adding to an arsenal of risqué videos (see below), Duran Duran‘s new clip, ”Falling Down,” stars nearly nude beauties…in rehab! Says bassist John Taylor: ”We subtitled it Supermodel Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s just not Jack Nicholson, it’s someone like Lindsay Lohan.” — Shirley Halperin
A sampling of Duran Duran’s risqué videos:
— ”Girls on Film” 1981
— ”The Chauffeur” 1982
— ”Electric Barbarella” 1997