By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 22, 2002 01:00 PM
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DENIED: Contrary to earlier and overly optimistic reports otherwise, J.K. Rowling, 37, will not write an eighth episode of the popular “Harry Potter” series, her agent tells Reuters. “The plan is to have only seven books in the series,” he says. “There is no truth in the rumors (that there would be another book).” Speculation about more books began when it was revealed that additional “Harry Potter” titles had been registered at the UK Patent Office.

REQUESTED: Lawyers for Robert Blake, 69, who is awaiting trial for murder, took his fight for bail to the California Supreme Court on Monday, claiming Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash had used “bizarre” and improper legal analysis to deny him a fair hearing on the issue. Blake has been held at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles since his arrest in April. He’s charged with shooting his wife Bonny Lee Bakley to death in May 2001.

MOURNED: Michelle Parma, 28, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who appeared on the third season of the MTV series “Road Rules,” was killed Saturday afternoon when she was struck in a three-vehicle collision as she was driving from Dallas to Houston on Interstate 45, MTV reports. Her cousin, Mandie Parma, 28, was also killed in the crash. Those in the other two cars reported no serious injuries.

DECIDED: Rock band Oasis has canceled a concert in the Philippine capital of Manila over security fears following this month’s attacks, the group’s reps tell Reuters. A spokesman cited “recent terrorist attacks both in Bali and the Philippines” in announcing cancellation of Wednesday’s show. Oasis did not want to perform under the “extreme security precautions,” he added.

CANCELED: NBC has handed a pink slip to “Providence,” after the Friday series suffered from low ratings. A final two-hour episode will air Dec. 20. On a happier note, the new NBC dramas “American Dreams” and “Boomtown” have both been extended to full seasons, with nine additional episodes added to the initial 13-episode commitment. Meanwhile, on HBO (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner), the veteran series “Arli$$,” is folding its tent after eight seasons, though its creator, star and executive producer, Robert Wuhl, 51, is expected to develop a new series and other projects for the cable network, according to the Hollywood Reporter.