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United Press International
25 August 2005


Lucy Lawless takes on 'Vampire Bats'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless, best known as "Xena: Warrior Princess," will battle "Vampire Bats" in a CBS made-for-TV movie. Lawless returns to her role as Dr. Maddy Rierdon, which she created for the network's bug-infested flick "Locusts" last year. In the Halloween thriller, Lawless is drawn into the fight against the thirsty creatures invading Beverly Hills.

Lawless told Sci Fi Wire she's not nervous about sharing the small screen with bats, since she worked with rats and spiders and other scary creatures on "Xena."

But she admitted, she's glad CBS didn't decide to center its  latest disaster film around frogs.

"Frogs I find to be a little disgusting, and I own several of them or my boys own several of them," she said. "I'm not
particularly squeamish, but I don't like frogs. They feel horrible."

"Vampire Bats" is scheduled to air Oct. 30.