October 15, 2004 --

'AMERICAN Idol" guru Simon Fuller is developing a soap opera for American TV.

Fuller's new show, which doesn't yet have a network home, will revolve around a family in Chicago, focusing on the lives of the blue-collar family members, according to published reports.

Fuller has recruited Tony Jordan, a well-known writer from the British soap "EastEnders," to work on the project. It's uncertain, at this point, if the soap would air in daytime or be geared toward a prime-time audience a la "Dynasty" or "Dallas."

Fuller created "American Idol," which first aired in England and has become an international phenomenon. It's been Fox's top-rated regular series, averaging upwards of 25 million viewers a week.

Jordan wrote over 250 episodes for "EastEnders," one of the most popular soaps in British TV history since its debut in 1985 on BBC1. Post TV Staff