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Actress Tyne Daly, Emmy award-winning costar of the CBS series "Cagney & Lacey," Tuesday gave birth to her third daughter. Eight-pound, 13-ounce Alexandra was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with the help of the actress' husband, actor-director Georg Stanford Brown . . .
"Everybody's fine," said hospital spokesman Ron Wise yesterday . . .
Jan-Michael Vincent, star of CBS' "Airwolf," Tuesday refused to enter a plea on charges of punching a woman in the face and violating parole . . .
Vincent, free on $13,500 bail, was ordered by Commissioner Richard Brand in Malibu, Calif., to appear for a preliminary hearing Nov. 21 . . .
Vincent, 40, was arrested last month after Chenoa Lee Ellis, 34, said he attacked her Sept. 6. Vincent claimed Ms. Ellis caused trouble between him and his girlfriend, authorities said at the time. He was charged with battery and two counts of violating probation . . .
The actor was placed on probation after pleading guilty July 10 to disturbing the peace while fighting at a party last November. In December 1983, he had also been placed on probation for drunk driving. Last May, he was acquitted of separate battery charges stemming from a fight in a bar . . .
"Miami Vice" (and "Dallas") fans should keep an eye out for the first few returns on NBC's "Misfits of Science," which debuts tomorrow with a two-hour special but will regularly hold down the 9 p.m. time slot against J.R. Ewing . . .
If -- as seems likely -- "Misfits" doesn't do too well this fall, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff may finally go to the mat with CBS' top ratings-getter over the past few years and move "Miami Vice" to 9 p.m., head-to-head with "Dallas" . . .
"We're looking real carefully" at the possibility," Tartikoff said earlier this week in the wake of the news that two hours of "Miami Vice" last Friday had come within seven-tenths of a ratings point behind the CBS show in their debuts, to finish eighth for the week, right behind "Dallas" . . .
One NBC show that may be finally fading -- and fast -- is "The A-Team," that monument to the mumble and all-around mindlessness . . .
After finishing in sixth place last season in the overall ratings, "The A-Team" was ranked 19th opening week . . .
Tuesday night, in as poorly written, boring an episode as you'd never want to suffer through (the plot line didn't show up until 35 minutes into the show), the A-teamers were whipped by ABC's "Who's the Boss?" and "Growing Pains," which averaged a 20.6 rating and a 32 percent audience share in the top 10 Nielsen markets. "A-Team" managed a 15.3/24 . . .
CBS' departing "Hometown" did only a 5.4/8 in the same hour and should CBS put in a fairly decent competitor when "Hometown" departs in two weeks, "The A-Team" could be in real trouble -- and none too soon, says Captain Airwaves . . .
Another NBC casualty could be "Riptide," which always enjoyed "The A-Team" audience lead-in . . .
Tuesday night, with a 13.3/20, "Riptide's" premiere finished third behind ABC's "Moonlighting" at 16.0/27, and the first half of "Murder: By Reason of Insanity" on CBS (14.6/22) . . .
The CBS movie finished strong at 10 to win the time period over "Remington Steele" on NBC. Meanwhile, "Our Family Honor," one of ABC's early losers, was far behind at 11.7/19 . . . Also in the News
Earlier this year, Channel 56, the public TV station in Detroit, had announced it was looking for a replacement for Dennis Wholey, the longtime host of "LateNight America" who plans to leave the program Oct. 18 to pursue other writing and TV projects . . .
Tuesday, the station announced it will be canceling the late-night talk show (seen here on WHMM) altogther as of Dec. 31 after a major underwriter, Soloflex, withdrew its annual $250,000 contribution . . .
The $1.1 million annual budget had been covered by Soloflex, a maker of home exercise equipment, the Stroh Brewery Co. ($240,000) plus $350,000 from other PBS stations and $250,000 from Channel 56 . . .
Channel 7 anchor Renee Poussaint will be a witness today at a joint hearing before the House Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education Subcommittee and the Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities, which are holding the last of three hearings on illiteracy in the U.S. . . .
Poussaint will testify about her experiences as a tutor in the Operation Rescue volunteer tutor program in the District school system . . .
She has tutored youngsters for several hours once a week for the past four years . . .
Tom Kirby, a vice president at WUSA, the Gannett-owned station in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, called Airwaves yesterday to suggest the latter's Wednesday report that he was already taking an interest in Channel 9 here was incorrect . . .
"Nobody at Gannett has ever spoken to me about going to Washington," he said. "Besides, I'm having too much fun here . . .
"When I got here, the station's news shows were about 25 share points behind the number one station. Now we're only about seven share points off the leader and I'd like to stick with it a while longer" . . .
Gannett Co. recently purchased the Evening News Association, which includes Channel 9 among its properties . . . and is expected to take over the ENA stations shortly after the first of the year . . .
"I'm kind of known as a guy who helps improve the ratings of poorly performing stations," Kirby added. "I'm not sure what I could do at a station like WDVM that's number one in its market" . . .
A chastened Airwaves nevertheless has filed "Kirby, Tom" under the K's (for "keep an eye on") in his fireproof Rolodex . . .
NBC announced that KOMU in Columbia, Mo., is rejoining the network after switching to ABC in 1982 . . .
It's the third former NBC affiliate that has rejoined the network this year after defecting to ABC during NBC's Darkest Hours . . . H'mmmmm
Another excerpt from Howard Cosell's book appears in TV Guide this week in which he claims that telecasts of ABC's Monday Night Football were "dreadful" after he left and that he is sure that his absence is reflected in the show's ratings drop . . .
Which may explain why ABC called yesterday to say that Monday's game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh drew a national rating of 17.7/30 and that after four Monday broadcasts ratings are up 13 percent over last year . . . the first year Cosell was off the show . . .
Cosell's book "I Never Played the Game" is attracting a lot of attention for its attacks on almost everybody Cosell teamed with during his years on ABC television . . .
The football game aside, CBS still won Monday night according to national Nielsen ratings as the CBS lineup beat the opposition in every time period between 8 and 11 p.m. . . .
Reporter Mary Norton has been chosen to coanchor, with Morris Jones, the new one-hour Saturday edition of Channel 5's "10 o'clock News" . . . She's been with the station since 1982 . . .
Meanwhile, WTTG now has lined up three of the five commentators News Director Betty Endicott plans to showcase on the weeknight and Saturday news programs . . .
In addition to previously announced conservative columnist Cal Thomas, Washington Post staff writer Juan Williams and Rabbi Eugene Lippmann have also signed on. Rabbi Lippmann will appear on Saturday night's newscast . . .
Those TV nabobs puffing up Pennsylvania Avenue shortly after noon today will all be from Channel 4 after helping kick off the District-wide "Walk for Fitness" campaign in ceremonies at Western Plaza (14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) with Mayor Marion Barry . . .
Stepping out smartly, if slowly, after the ceremonies, will be Channel 4 Vice President and General Manager Fred DeMarco, Station Manager David Nuell, anchor Bob McBride and reporter Larry Shainman . . .
The drive to emphasize walking as good exercise will feature three other Walks for Fitness during the campaign . . .