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IT’S 1996: Do you know where your favorite TV stars are? So far, staying put. Not going the must-leave-TV route of David Caruso are ER’s resident hunk George Clooney and Seinfeld’s grumpy young man Jason Alexander, both of whom deny reports that they are exiting their Thursday-night hits.

Clooney, whose From Dusk Till Dawn opens Jan. 19, has just signed on to do Michelle Pfeiffer’s One Fine Day for $3 million, but the star says he’ll still be on call in ER. Alexander, meanwhile, has been up to his Rold Gold pretzels untwisting ”Bye George” rumors. ”If Jerry wants to do another year, Jason will be there,” says Alexander’s spokeswoman.

But here’s where the plot thickens: Movie stars are now opting for TV close-ups. A post-Super Bowl episode of Friends may star Julia Roberts as a movie makeup artist who buddies up to Matthew Perry (the show also features Jean-Claude Van Damme, Brooke Shields, and Chris Isaak). And Pfeiffer will guest on ABC’s new Muppets show. Now, if only they could get Brad Pitt to do The Single Guy.