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March 17, 2000|STEVEN LINAN

TELEVISION

GLAAD Gets Mad: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has joined the call for Paramount to abandon plans for a TV show featuring radio personality Laura Schlessinger. GLAAD previously agreed to a dialogue with Paramount regarding the program, scheduled to premiere in September, but altered its stance after Schlessinger, in an interview with the Boston Herald, backed away from an apology she issued last week. GLAAD has also joined in a planned protest that will be staged outside the studio Tuesday morning. Paramount officials couldn't be reached for comment.

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The 'Party' Is Over: "Party of Five" will end its six-season run on Fox in May. The acclaimed drama about a family of five siblings has struggled in the ratings this year after being moved to Tuesdays, one of the toughest nights on TV. The series, which made stars of Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell and Lacey Chabert, was a low-rated yet critical favorite when it premiered in 1994, then caught on with viewers when moved to Wednesdays after "Beverly Hills, 90210," which also is going off the air after 10 seasons. "Party" again will be paired with "90210" on Wednesdays starting May 3.

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'Spin' Cycle: Michael Gross will be a guest on the hourlong ABC season finale of "Spin City" May 24. Gross played the father of "Spin" star Michael J. Fox on the long-running NBC comedy "Family Ties." An ABC spokeswoman could not say whom Gross would play, adding that the episode will offer "surprising elements." Fox is leaving the comedy to devote time to his battle with Parkinson's disease.

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Going With LeGros: James LeGros, whose independent films include "The Myth of Fingerprints," "Living in Oblivion" and "Guncrazy," will join "Ally McBeal" April 10. He will play Mark Albert, a 30-ish litigator who specializes in criminal cases. The move is being made in part to offset the departure of Gil Bellows, who is scheduled to appear as an occasional guest next season.

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Bare 'Essence': Michael Jordan and Danny Glover will be among the honorees at "The Essence Awards 2000," airing May 25 on Fox. This year's theme, "Building a Better World: A Cause to Celebrate," recognizes individuals making a difference in their communities and around the globe. Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby will host the two-hour telecast, to be taped April 14 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

ART

New President: Michael S. Roth, a historian and author who has served as associate director of the Getty Research Institute since 1997 and organized "Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture," a national traveling exhibition opening April 4 at the Skirball Cultural Center, has been named president of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Effective July 1, Roth will be responsible for all academic and financial activities of the college.

THEATER

Hearing 'Bells': A revival of "Bells Are Ringing" that's being prepared for Broadway by producers Mitchell and Victoria Maxwell will premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, Nov. 12-Dec. 27. Betty Comden and Adolph Green, creators of the original's book and lyrics, will adapt their script for the new production.

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Coming to Coronet: "Inappropriate," a rock musical about troubled teens, will play L.A.'s Coronet Theatre, next Friday-April 30. It originated in a Massachusetts school and played off-Broadway last year.

MUSIC

Room to 'Breathe': Country singer Faith Hill dominates nominations for the TNN Awards with eight, including best entertainer and female vocalist, while her hit "Breathe" is up for best single, video, song and album. Close behind Hill is husband Tim McGraw, who had five nominations. George Strait (with six nominations), McGraw and Hill were joined in the top category of best entertainer by Alan Jackson and Shania Twain. Hill and McGraw also were nominated for best vocal collaboration for their duet "Let's Make Love." Best male vocalist nominees were Jackson, McGraw, Strait, Kenny Chesney and Vince Gill. In addition to Hill, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina and Twain were nominated for best female vocalist. Fans can vote for the winners through telephone numbers announced on cable's TNN, ballots in Country Weekly magazine and two Internet sites (http://country.com and http://www.countryweekly.com). The TNN Awards are set for June 15 in Nashville.

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