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Warners fetes high rollers

Burbank morphs into Vegas to celebrate new TV season

The quick trip to Vegas got even quicker on Saturday night as Warner Bros. Television opened up the Warners backlot and transformed it into a mini-Vegas to celebrate its new TV season.

The lot’s makeover was complete with neon lights, showgirls outfitted in feathers and black jack tables galore. The crowd of 1,000 was treated to dance music by the Ultra Lounge Orchestra with Joan Rivers, Liberace, Frank Sinatra and Elvis impersonators acting as emcees.

“Suddenly Susan” star Brooke Shields promised a fourth season that is “smarter and funnier” than before. She said redesigning the set and not replacing actor David Strickland, who committed suicide in March, has helped the cast and crew deal with the loss.

Others mingling amid roulette wheels and waitresses in togas were WB Television prexy Peter Roth and exec VP of production Andrew Ackerman, “Jesse” star Christina Applegate, “West Wing’s” Martin Sheen and Allison Janney, “Odd Man Out’s” Markie Post and “For Your Love’s” Holly Robinson-Peete.