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ON A RECENT EPISODE OF ELLEN, OUR favorite farceuse introduced a man she was dating, a stuffy academic type, to the plebeian pleasures of prime time. After raptly soaking up an hour of Melrose Place, the donnish date marveled, “Who is this gentle bard whose finger is on the pulse of all that makes us human?” To which Ellen responded, “Aaron Spelling?” Well, the gentle bard is back with a new meditation on the modern psyche. Actually, upon closer consideration, Spelling’s latest, University Hospital, isn’t new at all (see review).