Paula Abdul: 'Ugly Betty,' 'Dancing' roles ahead?

Paulaabdul_foxtca2009_290 Paula Abdul is still a free agent, but ABC is starting to close in on a deal -- or deals -- to get the former "American Idol" judge on its airwaves.

Abdul, who has filmed a couple of guest spots on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" this summer, is now in talks to appear on ABC's "Ugly Betty" this season. The network is also courting Abdul to be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

The "Ugly Betty" news comes courtesy of, which says Abdul is in discussions to play a new temp at the Mode offices. Her character would strike up a friendship with Amanda (Becki Newton).

As for "Dancing with the Stars," TMZ reports that Abdul and ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson met Tuesday to discuss her possible involvement on the show. McPherson said last week that he would "love to have" Abdul on the show, either as a participant or a judge -- and given her experience both as a dancer and choreographer and on the "Idol" judging panel, either role could make sense.

If she is going to be a contestant, though, she and ABC need to wrap up a deal quickly: The show will announce this season's contestants on "Good Morning America" on Monday.

Abdul hasn't completely severed her ties to FOX either. Nigel Lythgoe, the former "Idol" producer who now exec produces and judges "So You Think You Can Dance," also wants to speak to her about a role on that show. There have also been reports that Abdul would be open to returning to "American Idol" if FOX opens its checkbook a little wider.

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