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October 22, 1998|JUDITH MICHAELSON

TELEVISION

'Monday Night Spanish': Beginning Monday, ABC Sports will provide Secondary Audio Programming in Spanish for the first time in the 29-year history of "Monday Night Football." The broadcast team of Alvaro Martin (play by play) and Roberto Abramowitz (expert analysis) will call the action. Brian McAndrews, executive vice president and general manager of ABC Sports, noted that "this will enable ABC Sports to build an audience that we might otherwise not reach without SAP."

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No Sunset: NBC had good news for two of its series. The first-year comedy "Will & Grace," featuring Eric McCormack and Debra Messing as platonic roommates, has been picked up for the full 1998-99 season. And the daytime drama "Sunset Beach" has been renewed for one year, despite low ratings.

PEOPLE

Spielberg's Archive in Germany?: Germany's new center-left government wants to bring part of director Steven Spielberg's Shoah Visual History Foundation to Berlin, instead of building a Holocaust Memorial, a Berlin newspaper reported Wednesday. Spielberg's foundation is an archive of nearly 50,000 filmed interviews with Holocaust survivors. Der Tagesspiegel said that Chancellor-elect Gerhard Schroeder's designated culture secretary, Michael Naumann, wants to locate the center on the plot of land in central Berlin intended for the memorial, but Naumann declined to confirm it. On Tuesday, Spielberg appeared at a New York high school for troubled teens with three Holocaust survivors to display a new CD-ROM. "These are my heroes," said the "Schindler's List" director.

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Coleman to Trial: Gary Coleman, the former child star on NBC's "Diff'rent Strokes," must stand trial Jan. 19 for allegedly punching Los Angeles bus driver Tracy Fields, an autograph seeker, in the eye. She claims he signed an autograph for her but flew into a rage when she asked him to personalize it for her son. Coleman, 30, employed as a security guard at a Culver City shopping mall, pleaded innocent to misdemeanor assault.

QUICK TAKES

Luciano Pavarotti has pulled out of three performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera in November as he recovers from major hip and knee surgery, which he had in July. The 63-year-old tenor does plan to be at a gala performance Nov. 22 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his Met debut . . . Irish dance star Michael Flatley has settled a $17-million lawsuit with his former manager in London's High Court. Flatley had accused John Reid of neglecting him while handling the affairs of Elton John.

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