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The population of “Dawson’s Creek” is rising. The teen sudser has added Niklaus Lange and Obba Babatunde to the cast in multi-episode roles.

Lange will portray Tad Wallinger, a young, attractive heir to his family’s fortune, and Joey’s (Katie Holmes) new boss who takes more than a professional interest in his new employee. Babatunde takes on the role of Capeside High’s new Principal.

Babatunde was nominated for an Emmy and CableAce award for his work in HBO’s “Miss Evers Boys.” He will be seen in the Halle Berry-starrer “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” for HBO.

His “Dawson’s” deal was negotiated by Scott Manners of Stone Manners and manager Audrey Davis.

Lange also has a string of TV credits, including the lead role in the HBO pilot “Kilroy.” His feature credits include “Defying Gravity,” “Men” and “How I Saved the President.”

Lange is repped by Kami Putnam at Metropolitan Talent Agency, and manager Misty E. D’Amore at Integrity Management.

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Melissa George has nabbed a role in Wendy Finerman’s “Sugar and Spice” for New Line and director Francine McDougall (“Slap Her, She’s French”).

From scribe Lona Williams (“Drop Dead Gorgeous”) “Sugar” stars Mena Suvari (“American Pie”), Marley Shelton (“Pleasantville”), James Marsden and Marla Sokoloff.

George recently appeared in Artisan’s “The Limey.” She is repped by UTA and Sue Muggleton Management.

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Moving from his old address on “Melrose Place,” Rob Estes has joined the cast of NBC’s “Suddenly Susan.”

Estes just completed the indie film “Nostradamus” opposite Joely Fisher and has a development deal with the WB network to develop a series to star in.

Estes’s deal was brokered by ICM and Joan Green Management.

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Amy Poehler, who is a regular on Comedy Central’s sketch comedy show “The Upright Citizens Brigade,” will make her debut feature effort on the Touchstone Pictures laffer “Deuce.” She’ll play an unusual woman who retains topliner Rob Schneider’s character as an escort.

The comedienne also performs on weekends with her “Brigade” brethren at their own theater on 23rd Street in Gotham.

Poehler is repped by the William Morris Agency’s Mike August and Jennifer Craig and is managed by Dave Becky at 3 Arts Entertainment in New York.

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Wilson Jermaine Heredia will return to Broadway’s “Rent” as Angel, the role that won him a Tony Award in the Pulitzer Prize-winning tuner.

He is now finishing a run in the Williamstown Theater Festival’s production of Willie and Robert Reale’s new tuner, “Quark Victory,” and will appear with Robert De Niro in “Flawless,” currently lensing under the helm of Joel Schumacher.

Heredia is repped by Sarah Fargo at Paradigm in New York.

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