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November 13, 1996|SHAUNA SNOW

TELEVISION

Interview With the Ghost: "Interview With the Vampire" author Anne Rice is developing a one-hour drama for CBS to be based on two police officers in New Orleans, one of whom is a ghost from the 1950s. The series--which will carry Rice's name in the title--is being developed for the 1997-98 season.

New Season Notes: ABC has ordered five more episodes of the new series "Clueless" and four additional episodes of both "Relativity" and "Dangerous Minds." All have been mediocre in ratings. . . . On the flip side, Fox has canceled another movie-inspired sitcom, "Party Girl," at the request of its production company. After pulling the show because of low ratings, the network initially said the show would come back, but the studio behind the series, Warner Bros., balked because Fox wouldn't guarantee "Party Girl" a better time period. Similarly, CBS confirmed halting production on its new drama "EZ Streets"--yanked after just two telecasts--at the request of its studio, Universal. Eight episodes have been completed (CBS initially ordered 13), and the parties said they haven't ruled out shooting more episodes if the show does better when it returns later this season.

Get a 'Melrose Place' Wardrobe: Heather Locklear's wedding dress from "Melrose Place," a Galaxy soccer team jersey worn by "MP's" Andrew Shue and a "Beverly Hills, 90210" high school ID card featuring Luke Perry as Dylan are among the 100 or so items to be up for grabs at the Beverly Center on Saturday in a silent auction-garage sale of wardrobe and prop items worn or used by stars of the two Fox shows. Several cast members, including Courtney Thorne-Smith, Thomas Calabro, Marcia Cross and Lisa Rinna of "Melrose Place" and Ian Ziering and Kathleen Robertson of "Beverly Hills, 90210" are confirmed to attend the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event, which will be held in the Traffic Studio clothing store. Proceeds from the sale benefit the L.A. Mission's program to feed the homeless for the holidays; admission is free.

MOVIES

'Rocky' Anniversary Plans: Sylvester Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Charthoff are among those scheduled to attend a 20th anniversary screening of "Rocky," the 1976 Academy Award winner for best picture, on Friday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. Tickets to the 8 p.m. event are $5, available through the academy. . . . Meanwhile, Stallone's line from the movie: "Yo, is this a face you can trust? Someday they'll put this face on a stamp," will come true on Nov. 21 (the anniversary of "Rocky's" 1976 premiere) when commemorative "Rocky" postage stamps from five nations--honoring the original "Rocky" and its four sequels--are unveiled at New York's Planet Hollywood.

STAGE

'Sisterella' Tops With NAACP: "Sisterella" won eight NAACP Theatre Awards--more than any other production--in ceremonies Monday at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Among the hit Pasadena Playhouse musical's honors was best production in a larger theater. The Ahmanson's "Seven Guitars" won three awards, including best playwright of a larger theater production. "The Chest" at the Complex won four awards in the smaller production categories, including one for playwright Angela de Joseph, while "Dinah Was" at the Coast Playhouse was the runner-up with two honors.

'Applause' Refunds: Subscribers to the Long Beach Terrace Theater's "Broadway by the Beach" series will receive refunds in the mail for the Jan. 7-12 engagement of "Applause," the national tour of which was canceled last week. At Orange County Performing Center, an earlier "Applause" engagement was replaced by the touring "Man of La Mancha" with Robert Goulet, but that option was ruled out at Long Beach because another "La Mancha" was presented in the same theater just last year.

More 'Plaid': "Forever Plaid" will return Dec. 13 to the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, where it played for 18 months in 1992 and '93. Through Dec. 31, Christmas songs will replace others in the show's Perry Como segment. Then the original version will open on Jan. 6 and play through Feb. 28. The four players include original New York cast member David Engel, original assistant director Larry Raben (both were also original L.A. Plaids) and two other "Plaid" veterans, Paul Castree and Neil Nash.

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