Scheduled to discuss the anniversary of Israel's independence on Channel 5's "Panorama" at noon today: Israeli ambassador to the United States Meir Rosenne and Palestine Liberation Organization backer Vanessa Redgrave . . .
Channel 9 consumer reporter Ellen Kingsley is back at work on a limited schedule, following a bout with illness. She put in a full day yesterday working on her latest series but no firm date has been set for her return to the air . . .
And from our No Way, Jorge file: When the credits for Sunday night's "Murder, She Wrote" rolled at the end of the show the Hispanic ranch hand named "Jesus" in the CBS episode was identified as "Hay- Soos" . . .
The tryouts of "That Was the Week That Was" and the two-hour pilot "Embassy" on ABC Sunday night went nowhere, both shows averaging about a 13.5 rating and a 23 share in nine of Nielsen's top major markets that night . . .
Although "Embassy" was not an Aaron Spelling project, it displayed exactly the same type of predictable anthology plot lines that has turned so much ABC product into a Spelling cliche' in recent seasons . . . suggesting a kind of atrophy has set in among third-place ABC's programmers . . .
Just last week ABC Entertainment President Lew Erlicht told the Associated Press that "we must revolutionize our programming, take more chances. I think you're going to see next season the diversity, uniqueness and better quality of our product" . . .
Erlicht said several of the fall pilots currently being considered in Los Angeles by ABC executives reflect "the new ABC," citing "The Faculty," a comedy that looks at a day in the life of different members of a school faculty; "Mister Sunshine," about a newly divorced man who recently lost his sight; and "Generation," a drama about an American family 20 years from now. . .
But Erlicht added, "We're not cutting out the other programming type totally," by which he meant the fantasy-and-fashion dramas developed by Spelling, who had seven of ABC's 23 hours of prime-time programming in his shop when ABC launched its worst season in 17 years last fall.