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Memo Pad: The Next 'Next Top Model'... Dominique's Domain...

Does the fashion world really need another modeling competition to rescue young women from the ranks of gangly teenage obscurity?

Wong, an ABC alum who was named to her current post in April, was toasted by a klatch of high-flying women. Susan Lyne, Janice Min and Estée Lauder's Maureen Case joined a roll call of friends from Wong's ABC days, including Willow Bay, Holly Peterson, Cynthia McFadden, Lee Woodruff and Carole Radziwell.

At ABC, Wong was responsible for successful franchises such as "The Bachelor," "Dancing With the Stars," "Extreme Makeover" and "Wife Swap." And at Lifetime, she's not shying away from reality programming, though the channel's most-watched series is a scripted drama, "Army Wives." On the slate for next year are three new reality shows: "Matched in Manhattan," "Top This Party" and "How to Look Good Naked," a show hosted by former "Queer Eye" guy Carson Kressley that ends every episode with a life-size billboard image of a woman in the buff. "It teaches them their bodies are beautiful," said Wong, who views TNT, TBS and USA as her main competitors. Also coming are a new breed of Lifetime movies: "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" starring Dermot Mulroney, Emily Watson and Gretchen Mol; "Queen Sized," with Nikki Blonsky of "Hairspray" fame, and "The Tenth Circle," starring Kelly Preston.

But TV is certainly not the only thing on Wong's agenda. "There is not a moment when I am not thinking [about] how we are going to bring Lifetime into the digital space," she said. "I want Lifetime to be a destination on every platform." — Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

DIFFERENT FACES: Despite the writer's strike, new TV pilot shows are still in production and Michael Clinton, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, has scored a cameo in one. Clinton, who is working on his next book, "American Portraits," was filmed while shooting "ugly models" for a show that will air on TLC. Apparently the models are not technically ugly, just "different looking," but the show will chronicle the opening of the New York outpost of the Ugly Models agency, which is based in London. Calls were not returned from TLC or from the agency.
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