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March 14, 1998|SUSAN KING

TELEVISION

'Simpsons' Voices Want a Raise: No one is having a cow yet, but Fox executives do have a problem on their hands with the vocal cast of "The Simpsons," who are said to be seeking sizable raises for next season. Apparently using a tactic employed by the "Friends" cast, actors Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and supporting players Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria are seeking to more than triple their current salaries, asking for more than $100,000 an episode each for roughly a day's work per show. Fox, of course, has its own bargaining chips to play, given the number of people who can do a pretty fair impersonation of Homer's "Doh!" Sources say that the negotiations will delay production on the animated program's upcoming 10th season only if the matter isn't resolved within the next few weeks. A spokeswoman for Fox's production arm, 20th Century Fox Television, declined comment, and representatives for the actors could not be reached.

Divorce, TV Style: Garry Shandling and manager Brad Grey, who split last year and are now embroiled in a bitter legal clash, no longer share a credit announcement in new episodes of "The Larry Sanders Show" that begin airing Sunday on Home Box Office. Though they maintain the same duties, executive producer credits for Grey and Shandling now run on separate screen cards. Shandling's fictitious talk-show host is also told in the first episode that Keenen Ivory Wayans' show is hurting his ratings. The Wayans show was canceled earlier this week.

Investigative Awards: KCBS-TV investigative reporter Joel Grover received the 1997 Investigative Reporter and Editors Award for his undercover report "License for Sale," which disclosed the sale of driver's licenses by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

'Sacred' Wins: ABC's controversial priest series, "Nothing Sacred," took the TV drama award, and the network's long-running hit "Home Improvement" was named best comedy by the Religious Public Relations Council, which will honor the shows for "their communication of religious values and themes" at the 47th annual Wilbur Awards next month in Louisville, Ky.

POP/ROCK

Snoop's New Contract: Snoop Doggy Dogg has signed a recording contract with Master P's No Limit Records, according to a No Limit Records statement released Friday. However, as the last remaining superstar on Suge Knight's embattled Death Row Records, the Long Beach rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is still under contract to produce several more albums for the label, according to reports. Under the new deal, Snoop is scheduled to release a new album titled "Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told" on Aug. 4, No Limit reports said. "The business relationship between No Limit Records and Death Row Records is good," No Limit CEO and rapper Master P said in a statement. "This was a business decision that I feel will be beneficial to both Snoop's musical career and No Limit Records."

DANCE

Western U.S. Choreographers Unlucky: Back in December, the Luckman Theater at Cal State L.A. hosted the first-ever platform in which choreographers from the Western U.S. competed for cash awards and showcase time at a prestigious biannual dance festival held just outside Paris. The festival judges have now made their choices, and none of those locally presented artists made the cut. Of the 16 laureates of the Sixth Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (May 12 to 17 in Bobigny), Stephen Mills, former resident choreographer at Texas' Ballet Austin, is the lone American, with Dorothy Jungels of Providence, R.I., and Jacques Heim of Los Angeles listed among the six international runners-up.

MUSIC

Foundation Donor Record: The Beverly Hills-based Young Musicians Foundation has received the largest single donation in its 43-year history: $300,000 from the estate of longtime supporter Mary Adams-Balmat. The funds will be used to partially underwrite the next five years of the group's YMF Debut Orchestra concerts.

QUICK TAKES

Show-biz veteran Steve Allen will be at Hollywood's Virgin Megastore today from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to sign autographs in support of his home video release, "Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration.". . . Members of the controversial British pop band Chumbawamba will chat with fans at http://www.excite.com tonight at 8. . . . Connie Stevens' star is returning to the Hollywood Walk of Fame four years after it had been dug up during subway construction on Hollywood Boulevard. A rededication is set for Monday at 5 p.m. next to the Pantages Theatre. . . . Director Reza Badiyi ("Knots Landing") will set a Directors Guild of America record on Monday for helming the "most hours of episodic series television" when he completes work on a "Sliders" episode for the Sci-Fi Channel.

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