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By United Press International  |  Oct. 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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TAYLOR SWIFT: U.S. country music star Taylor Swift has broken up with Conor Kennedy after dating the high school senior several months, reported.

"They quietly parted ways a while ago," a friend told the magazine Thursday. "It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings. They're fine."

Swift, 22, began dating Kennedy, the 18-year-old grandson of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, in July.

The singer is now on the promotional trail for her new album, "Red."

EVA LONGORIA: America's Universal Television says it has signed a first-look development deal with actress Eva Longoria.

The pact with the "Ready for Love" and "Desperate Housewives" star was announced jointly Thursday by Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment, and Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.

"Having Eva Longoria on our team is a huge advantage for our alternative program development as we have pleasantly discovered in implementing her ideas for 'Ready for Love,' which is shaping up as a terrific and upbeat series," Telegdy said in a statement. "She is passionate, fully engaged and has keen instincts for putting together a winning formula for her shows that always bear her imprint."

"We know that this new agreement with Eva Longoria is significant in continuing what has already been a productive relationship," said Salke. "She has exceptional energy, vision, a prestigious name and the creative knack for finding compelling new concepts for our growing studio."

"I am thrilled and excited to join Universal Television on what promises to be a wonderful and creative partnership, especially given all of the recent success at both the studio and the NBC network," said Longoria. "The collaboration between UTV and my production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, on our 'Ready for Love' project has been extraordinary. Looking ahead it will be fun to find and develop unique scripted and non-scripted shows that excite television audiences."

KEYSHIA COLE: "Woman to Woman," the fifth studio album of R&B artist Keyshia Cole, is to go on sale next month, her U.S. record label said.

Featuring the hit song "Trust & Believe," the CD is set for release Nov. 19.

Geffen Records said the album was recorded in multiple cities, including Los Angeles, New York and Cleveland.

"This album continues to display Keyshia's distinct and extraordinary voice while showcasing the songstress at the top of her game both musically and lyrically," her label said in a news release.

JO FROST: U.S. cable network TLC says it is working with the producers of "The Biggest Loser" on a new show starring celebrity nanny Jo Frost.

Frost "is back and ready to use her expertise to help families that have run out of options and need her help," the network said in a casting notice released Thursday. "Are you a family in crisis? If you are a parent with kids ranging from toddlers to teenagers in need of desperate help, we are searching for you. Are you at your wit's end? Are your kids lying, bullying, drinking, failing out of school or even something worse? Or are you just overwhelmed with your family's circumstances and don't know what to do? If so, Jo Frost can and wants to help immediately."

The show's producers said casting is under way and families in California are being sought to participate.

The title of the show and its anticipated premiere date were not announced.

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