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NBC will air the HBO movie “And the Band Played On” March 28. Based on the book by the late Randy Shilts, the production will be edited to two hours for its network broadcast.

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Fox Broadcasting Co. has confirmed that Linda Gray will star in the new Spelling TV series “Models Inc.” (Daily Variety, March 4). The character will be introduced via four episodes of Fox’s “Melrose Place” starting April 27, with Gray as the mother of Heather Locklear’s Amanda character. Set around a modeling agency, “Models” will get an eight-episode run this summer. Also, Fox has picked up a new affiliate in Macon, Ga., UHF station WPGA-TV, which will sign on in time to carry National Football League telecasts. Fox now has 143 affiliates.

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Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions plans to move from downtown Los Angeles to 6522 Hollywood Blvd. (the former Newberry School of Beauty), within the Hollywood redevelopment district. LACE will open for business in mid-May with the multidisciplinary exhibition “Nor Here Neither There.”

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Rich D’Amato, the press secretary for Sen. Ernest Hollings’ Senate Commerce Committee, has been hired by the National Cable Television Assn. as senior director of public affairs. NCTA prez Decker Anstrom also announced that Diane Begala has been promoted to senior policy director, a new post. Begala was NCTA’s director of public affairs and special projects.

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Alan Weisman has been named exec producer, features and documentaries, at recently formed Sports Illustrated TV. Weisman was a senior producer on the CBS News magazine “Street Stories.”

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