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Katharine McPhee making TV pilot debut

'Idol' alumna lands lead in NBC's 'The Pink House'

"American Idol" alumna-turned-actress Katharine McPhee is making her TV pilot debut with a lead role in NBC's comedy "The Pink House."

The project centers on Midwesterners John "Fitz" Fitzgerald and Rob "Bernie" Burnett who move to L.A. and rent a house right on the beach, determined to find jobs they actually love and make the most of their twenties.

McPhee will play Emily, a down-to-earth Midwest girl new to Manhattan Beach who lives in an apartment behind the guy's house and works as a pharmaceutical rep. Her shape is perfectly normal and healthy but puts Emily in a line-up of way-too-thin cliche California beach bunnies,

McPhee, who was the runner-up on the fifth season of "Idol," co-starred in the comedy feature "The House Bunny" and made her TV acting debut in an episode of "CSI: NY."

She will next be seen in the romantic comedy "You May Not Kiss the Bride."