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Ricky Martin finds new home on small screen

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NEW YORK -- Ricky Martin is saying goodbye to Broadway's "Evita." But don't cry for him.

The Latin superstar has a slew of new projects in the works, including two television series and a children's book.

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"It's about growing," Martin said. "It's a moment in my life where I just need to absorb and be surrounded by amazing actors and musicians and grow as an entertainer."

Martin takes his final bow in the Andrew Lloyd Webber revival on Jan. 26. Then he'll join the second season of the Australian edition of "The Voice." But the Grammy winner says not to expect any biting, Simon Cowellesque critiques.

"I don't believe in tough love. I believe in love, and I believe in being nurturing to new talented men and women," he said.

The "Livin' la Vida Loca" singer is developing a new series for NBC, expected in 2013. He's producing, writing and will star in the currently untitled dramedy, where he hopes to tackle social issues with humor.

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