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ABC Sports says it will air 207.5 hours of the 1984 Summer Olympics out of Los Angeles, "most of it live" . . . and you've got to admit, TV Column fans, that's an awful lot of 1984 Summer Olympics . . .
The lineup, from July 27 through Aug. 13, will include 81 hours of prime-time events, 70 weekly daytime hours, 37 daytime weekend hours and 19.5 hours of late night TV . . .
Marilyn Berger, former Washington Post reporter and most recently moderator of several public affairs programs for PBS (including an interview series with Lillian Hellman), has been named United Nations correspondent for ABC News. . .
She replaces Lou Cioffi, who is now the Washington bureau chief for the joint ABC-Group W Satellite News operation . . .
There have been rumors in New York that Bill Kurtis is muy unhappy with his "CBS Morning News" anchor assignment and wants to return to Chicago, where he reigned so long as the No. 1 TV newsman at CBS-owned WBBM. . .
Not so, Kurtis said yesterday. . .
"Yes, I think they'd like me back at the station and yes, I'm a little tired of traveling back to Chicago every weekend and yes, I'm tired of living in a hotel room in New York . . .
"But, just this week I think I'm starting to feel a lot more relaxed on the air and I think we're starting to get better interviews on the show and no, I haven't asked for a change" . . .
Kurtis confesses there are still some glitches on the "CBS Morning News," which has been on the air in revamped form since March 15 ("the lighting is still a terrible problem") but says they are being worked out as time goes by . . .
Apropos of which . . . "Good Morning America" won the early-morning network race for the 14th time in a row last week with a 5.4 Nielsen average and a 29 percent audience share, compared with "Today's" 4.2/23 and "CBS Morning News' " 2.8/15 . . .
MGM-TV and NBC continue to chip away at the "CHiPs" cast (I know that it's an awkward, and probably unnecessary, use of "chips" as a verb, TV Column fans, but medical experts have told Captain Airwaves that a brief shaking of the head, and a slight pursing of the lips in disapproval, are two very good ways to get the circulation going in the morning, and your physical well-being, after all, is what the TV Column, recognizing that most of you've been sitting up half the previous night staring vacantly at the tube, is all about.) . . .
Be that as it may . . . Randi Oakes, who has been playing Officer Bonnie Clark, the only Lady Cop regularly seen on "CHiPs" . . . has been dropped "by a network decision," it was revealed yesterday. . .
She joins Officer Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) and Officer Jon's Kawasaki curbside as NBC goes on a tear to recast the show . . . which finished in a tie for 41st in the 1981-82 rankings (not bad for an NBC show, mind you) but with a 25 percent audience share, just a teensy bit under the okay point . . .
And Wendy Schaal, who played Julie, Mr. Roarke's "goddaughter" on "Fantasy Island," has also been dumped . . .
A spokesman for ABC said yesterday in Hollywood that since production has already started on next year's shows, she probably won't be replaced . . .
"Her role and Herve's role were too much alike" . . .
Herve, of course, is M. Villechaize, who plays Tattoo, scampers up the Fantasy Island tower, tolls the bell and cries out "Da Plane! Da Plane!" before Captain Airwaves can sweep aside the bedcovers, slide into his slippers and limp across the room to switch channels at approximately 10:03 p.m. every Saturday night . . .
NBC announced yesterday that "Saturday Night Live" has been renewed for an eighth season . . . with 20 new shows in the offing . . .
However, plans to run an SNL viewer telephone poll tomorrow night on the question: Who do you hate most, Ryan O'Neal or Adolf Hitler? have been dropped . . .
In the season just ended, SNL averaged an 8.1 Nielsen and a 24 percent audience share in 18 outings, compared with a 9.5/27 the year before (although this year's executive producer, Dick Ebersol, hastens to point out the '80-'81 ratings included two big audiences at the start of the season before the viewers caught on that it wasn't a good show . . . which was produced by last year's executive producer) . . .
In its halcyon days, SNL worked up to a 12.6/39 in 1978-79 . . .
Bill Christopher, who plays Father Mulcahy on "M*A*S*H," has done a 30-second promo for Channel 5, plugging the station's upcoming documentary spectacular, "Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War," which begins a seven-night, 13-hour run on WTTG starting Monday, May 24 . . .
As you might expect from the Good Father, who's been up there in the front lines in Korea for so many seasons, there's a slight antiwar pitch in the promo . . . Moving Right Along
Sometimes, TV Column fans, it seems the networks will never stop squabbling among themselves . . .
Latest grumble is from CBS' fine Sunday public affairs show "Face the Nation," which is complaining Behind the Scenes that ABC's fine Sunday public affairs show "This Week With David Brinkley" continues to announce major guests early in the week and then doesn't tell the public when it fails to land them . . . after presumably cutting into "Face the Nation's" audience potential . . .
CBS is citing the absence of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Argentine Foreign Minister Nicanor Costa Mendez (twice) from three advertised "This Week" appearances on recent Sundays (it goes without saying that "Face the Nation" did have Costa Mendez on last week) . . .
And from our Do You Know Me? File: Marty Davis, wife of Rep. Robert Davis (R-Mich.), has been named co-anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. news at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown . . .
Most recently, she was an anchor for the Mutual Broadcasting System here and previously had worked for WTOP radio, but had done TV news in Flint, Mich. . . .
And Carroll Ann Rambo . . . former White House advance director for First Lady Rosalynn Carter . . . has been named a news editor on the assignment desk for NBC News in Washington . . .
Rambo worked for ABC during the 1980 elections . . .
And Don Bowers, an NBC field producer here, is moving to New York to become a senior producer for NBC's "NBC News Overnight" late-news program . . . which debuts in July . . .
And Read Jackson, formerly of CBS, has joined "ABC World News Tonight" as a producer based in New York . . .