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The final broadcast of Channel 9's "Morning Break" will be aired this morning at 10 a.m., ending a seven-year run for the WDVM-produced program . . .
The hour-long talk show format is being scrapped and it is expected that a half-hour version -- with a new title and a new format -- will be introduced in the fall, with Carol Randolph returning as anchor . . .
Starting Monday, and at least for the month of August, the CBS affiliate will air two network game shows, "$25,000 Pyramid" and "Press Your Luck" in the l0-to-11 a.m. time slot . . .
"Morning Break," and its predecessor, "Nine in the Morning," which ran for five years, both racked up satisfactory ratings over the years . . .
The chief reason the change is being made is to "try to find something a little different from the 'Donahue' talk show format that preceded it at 9 a.m.," a station executive said yesterday . . .
The revised show, in whatever format is decided on, will probably be only a half-hour long. Nine is expected to air a CBS offering in the other half hour when the changes are made early this fall . . .
When Gary Collins returns for his fourth year as host of the annual Miss America Pageant on NBC Sept. 14 he'll be bringing an old favorite with him this time, the traditional "There She Is" theme song . . .
For years, "There She Is" was sung, kind of, by Bert Parks at the close of the beauty contest, as the just-crowned winner of the contest, fighting back the tears, took her bows . . .
Parks was dropped by the show a few years back, and three years ago the Pageant sponsors got into a hassle over money with the song's composer, Bernie Wayne, and the familiar theme was dropped, too . . .
In the interim, Gary's been warbling either "She's Our Miss America" or "You're Beautiful, Miss America," neither of which ever managed to hit the charts, at Miss America's Big Moment . . .
Both toe tappers have now been shelved. And none too soon. When Gary tackles "There She Is" this time around, NBC will be telecasting him in stereo . . .
Channel 9 yesterday also announced the addition of Dave Statter to its reporting staff, as of August 12. He's has been at WTOP radio . . .
The station also revealed that Raul Rivero has been promoted from associate producer to the newly created position of producer of "Capital Edition." Jan Thompson continues as senior producer of the popular Sunday program . . .
One more personnel note: Mike Ritz, who's been at Channel 5 since November as a freelance producer and sometime assignment editor, is moving to Dallas and KRLD, the Metromedia station there, where he will be an on-air reporter . . .
Channel 32 said late yesterday it expects to return to the air this morning at 9 a.m. . . .
WHMM has been off the air since the morning of July 22 because of a burned-out cable . . .
Famed sports programming producer Bud Greenspan has signed with CBS to develop a two-hour TV movie about Olympic track star Valerie Brisco-Hooks . . .
Hey, Gang! Here's the weekly early morning network program ratings! . . .
ABC's "Good Morning America" was first last week with a 4.0 Nielsen count and a 21 percent share of the audience, followed by NBC's "Today" at 3.9/21 and "CBS Morning News" at 3.2/17. Daytime Emmys
The 12th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were telecast live by CBS from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel yesterday afternoon, the first time they've been on the air in three years . . .
Disputes between the East Coast's National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the L.A.-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, plus network unhappiness (NBC boycotted them completely last year) over various technicalities have hounded the Daytime Emmys in recent years. Low TV ratings didn't help, either . . .
Counting the technical achievement awards (for makeup, sound, series design, direction, editing, music, etc.) that were handed out in separate ceremonies in California last Saturday, CBS was the big winner this year with a total of 23 awards (including 12 yesterday), followed by ABC with eight (two yesterday), syndicated programs with four (two) and NBC with one (the network drew a blank yesterday) . . .
Yesterday's winners included:
Best Game Show: CBS' "The $25,000 Pyramid" . . .
Best Daytime Drama Series: CBS' "The Young and the Restless" . . .
Best Actor: Darnell Williams, who plays Jesse Hubbard on ABC's "All My Children" . . .
Best Actress: Kim Zimmer, Reva Shayne Lewis on CBS' "Guiding Light" . . .
Best Supporting Actor: Larry Gates, H.B. Lewis on "Guiding Light" . . .
Best Supporting Actress: Beth Maitland, Traci Abbott on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" . . .
Best Young Man: Brian Bloom, Dustin Donovan on CBS' "As the World Turns" . . .
Best Ingenue: Tracey E. Bregman, Lauren Fenmore Williams on "The Young and the Restless" . . .
Oustanding Talk/Service Show Host: Phil Donahue of the syndicated "Donahue" . . .
Outstanding Talk/Service Show: "Donahue" . . .
Oustanding Game Show Host: Dick Clark, "$25,000 Pyramid" . . .
Outstanding Animated Program: Jim Henson's "Muppet Babies," CBS . . .
Outstanding Children's Special: CBS' "All the Kids Do It" . . .
Outstanding Children's Series: PBS' "Sesame Street" . . .
Three longtime soap opera stars were also honored with special recognition yesterday, including Mary Stuart, who plays Joanne Tourneur and is the only original cast member of NBC's "Search for Tomorrow"; Larry Haines and Stu Bergman on the same program; and the late Charita Bauer, who played Bertha Bauer on "Guiding Light" until her death earlier this year. The three were cited for their significant contributions to the development of daytime TV . . . Also in the News
In production at Maryland Public Television: "The Secret City," a 65-part half-hour series designed to teach children how to draw . . .
Host of "The Secret City" is Commander Mark, who will be aided on the weekly show by Zebtron the robot, Cindy the dragon, and MetaMan, the inventor. Captain Airwaves, of course, salutes Commander Mark . . .
David Schoumacher's upcoming public affairs program for Channel 7, "Point to Point," is starting to take shape and is currently expected to debut in its 7 p.m. Saturday time slot on August 24 . . .
Early reports are that Schoumacher is taking pains to be sure his program won't resemble too closely his direct competition, "Agronsky & Co." on Channel 9 and WRC's "The McLaughlin Group," which airs at 7:30 on Saturdays . . .
The current plan is for Schoumacher to open each program with a commentary. Many of the weekly interviews will be conducted via satellite linkup to cities around the country by a panel led by Schoumacher and a roster of perhaps six "contributing editors" whose ranks already include Mel Elfin, senior editor at Newsweek, and Daniel Schorr, the longtime Cable News Network and CBS correspondent and commentator . . .
A spokesman for Seven said the "contributing editors" will also have a hand in the production of the program each week . . .