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Fox Broadcasting Co. has ordered eight additional episodes of the first-year Spelling TV drama “Melrose Place,” bringing its total order for the season to 30 installments. The weblet has also ordered up to 30 episodes of its lead-in, “Beverly Hills, 90210,” in an effort to provide more original programming year-round.

Former rock manager and entrepreneur Vincent Fusco and partner James Dahnert have entered into a deal with Mark Zander Prods. to develop an animated children’s Christmas special based on their “Moosekins” line of plush toys.

Fox Broadcasting Co. will air its first Dame Edna special, “Edna Time,” during the February sweeps at 10 p.m. on Feb. 28, with Elton John among the guests. The irreverent interviewer is moving to Fox after appearing in three earlier spex on NBC, with the one-hour special serving a pilot for a possible half-hour series.

The American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award will be presented to Rudi Fehr and Robert Swink at the ACE Eddie Awards banquet March 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. William Orr and Gregory Peck will present the awards to the two recipients respectively. Clint Eastwood will receive the ACE Golden Eddie award the same evening.

Under what Orion Pictures is terming its newly restructured Orion Classics, the division will open “Rain Without Thunder”– its first acquisition — on Feb. 5 in L.A. at Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center, AMC Century 14 and the Landmark NuWilshire.

Hemdale Communications has acquired worldwide distribution rights to “Love Your Mama,” a debut feature for writer/director Ruby L. Oliver. Hemdale prez of domestic distribution and marketing Tom Ortenberg said pic will be released March 5 with limited engagements in New York, L.A., Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

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