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September 04, 1997|SHAUNA SNOW

THE ARTS

Windsor Sale Postponed: Princess Diana's death has prompted Sotheby's to postpone its New York auction of the collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, which had been slated for Sept. 11-19. The collection is owned by Mohamed Al Fayed, father of Dodi Fayed, who was killed Saturday along with Diana. "As a mark of respect, I believe there should be an appropriate interval before the auction takes place," Fayed said. The auction--the first major sale ever postponed by Sotheby's--is now expected to be held early next year.

ENTERTAINMENT

'Diagnosis' Rewrite: Diana's death also caused some scrambling on the set of CBS' "Diagnosis Murder" this week, when an episode that was to have been titled "A Royal Murder" was quickly rewritten before filming began Tuesday. Victoria Tennant was to have portrayed a British duchess who becomes the target of an assassination attempt, but her character was quickly turned into a rich socialite.

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More Than Just Deja Vu: A Kansas radio station is attempting to prove to its listeners--and the Guinness Record Book--that it really loves rock 'n' roll. Salinas' KILS-FM, formerly a country music station, began playing Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' 1981 hit "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" on Aug. 19, and has played it 22 times an hour, 24 hours a day ever since, for a total of more than 5,000 airings so far. The station has not said how long the song will continue to be repeated.

QUICK TAKES

Summer's biggest blockbuster, "Men in Black," will be released on video Nov. 25, with a suggested retail price of $15.95. . . . The usually reclusive Elizabeth Taylor will be among the participants in an ABC News town meeting about paparazzi airing tonight from 10 to 11. . . . Only a month after its premiere, "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show" has lost one of its executive producers, with Charlie Parsons stepping down and leaving the show's overall management to host and fellow executive producer Wayans. A spokeswoman said Parsons had always planned to leave after the series launched, though perhaps not this soon. His replacement has not been named. . . . Fox has said that due to graphic content, it will not repeat an episode of "The X-Files" originally broadcast last October. The episode, which aired with a viewer-discretion warning, involved a family of mutants and dealt in part with incest. . . . KFI-AM (640) has shuffled its schedule, moving Phil Hendrie to 7 to 11 p.m. weeknights, followed by Tammy Bruce, who will now be heard 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. . . . Harmonica great Junior Wells, 62, has canceled several appearances while he undergoes treatment for lymphoma. His prognosis is said to be good.

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