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ABC's "Lime Street" series star Robert J. Wagner and executive producer Harry Thomason yesterday flew from Switzerland to attend memorial services in Augusta, Maine, for Samantha Smith, who died with her father, Arthur, and six others in a fiery plane crash Monday as she returned from filming in London with Wagner and the "Lime Street" crew . . .
Miss Smith, who was to have played one of Wagner's two daughters in the upcoming series, had made international headlines two years ago when she toured the Soviet Union at the invitation of then-Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, after she had written him a letter expressing fear of a nuclear war between the United States and Russia . . .
Meanwhile, Georgette Deveney, a spokesman for Columbia Pictures Television, a coproducer of the series, said late yesterday that there will be no decision at least until tomorrow on how the death of Miss Smith will be handled on the program, once the first four episodes, which Miss Smith had already filmed, have aired . . .
"This is a period of mourning and it wouldn't be appropriate to speculate," she said. She said the studio is considering a tribute to the youngster on the Sept. 21 premiere of the series, however . . .
ABC News' "Nightline" will take a full hour the night of Wednesday, Sept. 4, when the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell are scheduled to square off in what promises to be another lively debate over the latter's support of the South African government's policies . . .
Wednesday's program is the result of a challenge for a face-to-face debate issued by Jackson to Falwell during their recent joint appearance on "Good Morning America" . . .
The third outing of CBS News' "West 57th" Tuesday night averaged a 10.7 rating and an 18 percent audience share in A.C. Nielsen's 10 major markets . . .
Those figures compare with overnight returns of 10.9/19 for its Aug. 14 debut and a 9.7/17 last week . . . and totally resist analysis . . .
"West 57th" did a 9.2/17 on Channel 9 Tuesday compared with a 10.1/20 and a 9.0/16 for the previous two broadcasts . . . and if you're starting to think this is going to be a pretty slow column this morning, TV Column fans, you're wrong. Dead wrong! . . .
As predicted by C. Airwaves weeks -- nay, months -- ago, "Today" show anchor Bryant Gumbel has been chosen to host NBC News' upcoming after-school TV program, now called "Main Street" . . .
The first of eight monthly programs in the series -- aimed at the 10-to-15-year-old age group -- will debut Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. . . .
"Main Street," which replaces NBC's sporadic "Special Treat" series on the network schedule, will "cover a wide range of lively topics from hard news to features and trivia . . . exploring the needs, wants and interests of young people" . . .
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York is announcing the news and documentary Emmy winners tonight in Manhattan . . .
Tomorrow at 1 p.m. on Channel 26, the "Deaf Mosaic" half-hour will be devoted to the 15th annual World Games for the Deaf, which were held recently in Los Angeles . . .
Gallaudet College film crews were on hand to catch the highlights . . . Moving Smartly Along
Over burgers and fries at the 21 club in Manhattan yesterday, Pat Summerall celebrated the signing of a renegotiated contract with CBS that will keep him in front of CBS Sports cameras into 1990 . . . a nice, round 30 years after he first went on the air for the network . . .
Summerall is the premier announcer for CBS Sports, teaming with John Madden as the number one team for its NFL telecasts and ramrodding Masters Golf coverage and other major events . . .
Top CBS Broadcast Group brass, including President Gene F. Jankowski and Executive Vice President Neal Pilson -- who's head of the Sports division -- were on hand as Summerall's old contract, which had two years to go, was torn up . . .
Burgers and fries? . . .
The giant Martin Marietta Corp. of Bethesda has agreed to underwrite, for $700,000, the 10 "On Stage at Wolf Trap" programs that will be produced for PBS over the next two seasons by Maryland Public Television . . .
The first program in the new series debuts Monday night at 9, and features a 1984 concert by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band . . .
Selected concerts from both the 1984 and 1985 Wolf Trap schedules will be taped for the MPT/Martin Marietta series . . .
Mahvelous! Billy Crystal, confirming what everybody knew all along, told the NBC affiliate in Boston in a taped interview aired yesterday that he won't be back for this year's "Saturday Night Live" . . .
He said he is starting work on a movie called "Running Scared" with Gregory Hines next month, for one thing . . . Channel 20
Has announced its fall schedule, which includes a revamping of most of its weekday afternoon schedule, the addition of "Benson" to its early evening lineup, a Saturday night drama series, "Return to Eden," and "Carson's Comedy Classics" (no interviews, just the best of Johnny's comedy routines) in the 11 p.m., Tuesday-through-Saturday time slot . . .
Starting Sept. 16, four new children's programs move in at 3 p.m., starting with "The Jetsons," followed by "Mask"; "Gobots," at 4; and "Transformers," which replaces "Voltron" on Sept. 23 . . .
"The Dukes of Hazzard" will premiere in the 5 p.m. time slot on Oct. 14 . . . and starting Sept. 16 first runs of the newly syndicated ABC series "Benson" will complete the holdover comedy block at 7:30 this fall . . .
Movies will air in the 8 p.m. time slot on weeknights, followed by "Starsky & Hutch" at 10 nightly . . .
On Saturdays between 6 and 7 p.m., "Small Wonder" (about a little girl who is actually a robot) and new episodes of "What's Happening Now" will be introduced and at 8 p.m. that night "Return to Eden," a dramatic series produced in Australia, will air each week . . .
The previously aired mini-series on which "Eden" is based will return as an introduction to the series the nights of Sept. 11 and 12 . . .
At 9 a.m. Sunday mornings, WDCA will air the hour-long "Funtastic World" and at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays, it will be "America's Top Ten" with Casey Kasem, previously seen on WJLA here . . .
Starting Oct. 17 at 11:30 in the morning, a new block of programming will be introduced starting with "Inday News" (formerly "INN Midday News"), and followed at noon by "All About Us," an on-location look at "interesting lives of real people around America" hosted by Ron Hendren . . .
At 12:30 p.m., it will be "It's a Great Life," hosted by Rose Marie and Robert Stack, which looks at "the best the world has to offer, and those who have it," followed at 1 p.m. by "What's Hot! What's Not!" hosted by Fred Willard and Melanie Chartoff, presenting "the newest ideas, latest trends and the biggest flops, too" . . .