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NEW ROLE FOR ELAINE

Former "Seinfeld" cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus is working on a sitcom of her own.

NBC announced Thursday that Louis-Dreyfus, who played Jerry Seinfeld's gal pal Elaine, will star in a midseason comedy tentatively titled "22 Minutes With Eleanor Riggs."

In the series, Louis-Dreyfus plays a Los Angeles club singer whose life is examined in what NBC called a "22-minute snapshot." Her circle includes a married older sister (Lauren Bowles), an ex-boyfriend (Steve Carell) and a current flame (Darren Boyd).

The network has ordered 12 episodes of the series, created by her husband, "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Brad Hall. He'll serve as executive producer along with Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Caryn Mandabach of "Roseanne" and "Cybill" fame.

So far, attempts by "Seinfeld" co-stars to create their own TV magic have fallen short. "The Michael Richards Show" was canceled quickly last season, and Jason Alexander's new "Bob Patterson" on ABC hasn't fared well with critics or in the ratings.

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