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Is a new wrinkle on commemorating the major events that led to the conclusion of World War II . . .

It's from ABC News' "Nightline," which on Monday night will devote a whole hour pretending the United States never dropped the A-bombs and instead went ahead with its November 1945 land invasion of Japan . . .

In the simulated telecast, correspondent James Walker will report live from the American landing sites; Jim Laurie will report on the Japanese defenses (Jim better not get too far out in front of the troops); Barrie Dunsmore will report from the wartime State Department and the Pentagon; and Sam Donaldson will report on "President Truman's Day." (Our guess is that Sam will be in for a big surprise if he tries to treat Harry like he treats more recent White House occupants) . . .

Speaking of wrinkles, not all of them new, do you realize that Angie Dickinson, Barbara Stanwyck, George Hamilton and Charlton Heston have all joined the interchangeable casts of "Dynasty" and that "Colby" spinoff that will debut about eight weeks into the season on ABC? . . .

Channel 5 will probably expand its Saturday night newscast to a full hour this fall, which would mean a move for "Capital City Magazine" from its current 10:30 p.m. time slot . . .

"Good Morning America" anchor David Hartman showed up Monday on crutches . . . but later in the day a doctor told him to take some rest and he'll probably be off the air for the rest of the week . . .

Hartman and his family had been vacationing Somewhere Out West last week when David joined an "amateur rodeo." According to a spokesperson, "the cinch on his saddle broke" and David was tossed to the ground and he "chipped his pelvis" . . .

Steve Bell will be sitting in, as it were, for David for the rest of the week . . .

Bell will be joined by Kathleen Sullivan this morning but Joan Lunden will return to "GMA" tomorrow . . .

"CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" was first in the evening news race, as usual, last week, with a 10.7 rating and a 23 percent audience share, followed by "ABC News With Peter Jennings" at 9.4/20 and "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" at 9.2/20 . . .

The ABC program, which enjoyed a strong grip on third place all winter and spring has now finished in second place over NBC for three straight weeks, tied for second in the fourth and has been second (or tied therefor) in five of the past six weeks (although we all know NBC lost a lot of western stations because of the early evening start out there for the baseball All-Star game on July 16th and that didn't help that week's count) . . .

NBC has announced the 32nd live telecast of the annual Miss America Pageant will be aired Saturday night, Sept. 14 (Come on. 'Fess up. Don't you kind of miss those ratings?) . . .