We hear that ABC News has purchased a two-hour documentary called "The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt," which will air on the network the night of Sunday, June 1 . . .
This represents a rare instance of a network news division purchasing rights to a news program produced outside its control. SFM Media Services distributed the documentary, which was produced three years ago by California-based Harrison Engle . . .
The rumors are strong that President Reagan has seen it and is enthusiastic enough about its subject-matter that he may be amenable to introducing the program on the air . . .
The documentary is in stereo and is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired . . .
Well, as Captain Airwaves always says: It ain't who you know, it's what time slot they put you in . . .
Take "You Again," the new Jack Klugman comedy, which got a "sneak preview" on Thursday night right after "The Cosby Show" on NBC . . .
As we noted Monday, the Cosby series set new ratings and share records that night with a 39.0 national Nielsen count and a 56 percent audience share . . .
Which explains why "You Again," sitting in the catbird seat usually occupied by "Family Ties," had a giant 34.6/51 . . .
"You Again" debuted in its regular 8 p.m. Monday spot last night and the ratings comparison should be interesting . . .
On the other hand, "Family Ties" took a crack at "Amazing Stories' " 8 p.m. Sunday time slot over the weekend and scored a nice but far from great 19.3/28 in the overnight ratings from 11 of Nielsen's top markets . . .
Then again, NBC's new "Valerie," which now follows "You Again" on Monday nights, got its "sneak preview" Saturday night in "227's" usual time slot, right after "The Golden Girls." "Valerie" managed a 19.1/32 in overnights from 12 Nielsen big-city markets . . . just about what "227" usually commands . . .
Then there's "The Redd Foxx Show," which has been an outright disaster for ABC since it showed up on Saturday nights . . .
ABC is pulling it off the schedule entirely next Saturday night while cast changes go into effect. Then it will return on Friday, March 14, right after "Webster" to introduce the new characters, returning again the next night in its regular time slot, hoping to have interested a few in the Friday night crowd, anyway . . .
"Redd" has jettisoned Rosana DeSoto as the waitress and Pamela Segall as the little ward . . . while adding Sinbad as his foster son, Beverly Todd as his ex-wife and Ursaline Bryant as Beverly's best friend . . .
By the by, "Outrage!" on CBS Sunday night did a 20.7/32 in 12 major Nielsen markets, compared with a 10.1/16 for "Acceptable Risks" on ABC . . .
Channel 26 raised $129,127 over the first three nights of its 17-day funding drive, which began Friday . . .
Although the early going puts WETA about 15 percent off its pace towards the goal of $650,000, the station points out it pulled in $26,000 Sunday night relying only on regular programming . . .
Also in the News
CBS News President Van Gordon Sauter and CBS News Senior Vice President David Fuchs will be in town Thursday and Friday for a get-together with CBS bureau personnel . . .
ABC News yesterday announced that Amy Entelis has been named to the newly created post of director of news coverage, responsible for the full-time recruitment of editorial personnel . . .
Entelis has been with "ABC World News Tonight" since October 1981, most recently as a field producer . . .
She is a graduate of Vassar and holds a master's degree from Columbia School of Journalism. She first joined ABC as a researcher at "20/20" . . .
ABC also announced that Mimi Gurbst has been named to the newly created position of Northeastern bureau chief, based in New York . . .
Gurbst has been national assignment manager at the New York desk of ABC News. In her new position she will be in charge of bureaus in Boston, New York and Philadelphia . . .
In recent weeks, ABC News management has held a series of meetings with women and minority caucuses within the division. One goal of both groups was the naming of a "super recruiter" with access to ABC News President Roone Arledge and a special commitment toward the hiring of minority and female personnel . . .
A spokesman for ABC News said yesterday, however, that the search for the super recruiter "had been in the works before the women's meetings and was set in motion during our '85-'95 Task Force's management planning last year" . . .
The naming of Gurbst raises the number of women bureau chiefs at ABC News to five. The others are Sharon Young in Boston, Alma Kadragic in Warsaw, Crystal Kucharz in Bonn and Helen Westwood in London . . .
More Local Ratingzzz
Channel 9 news programs, which dominated the February Nielsen book here, maintained their leads over WJLA and WRC in the Arbitron ratings but, as predicted, by much smaller margins . . .
In the Monday-Friday Arbitron ratings from 7 to 9 a.m., "Good Morning America" on Channel 7 was first, with a 5.4 rating and a 23 percent audience share. "CBS Morning News" on Nine was second at 4.4/18, while "Today" on Four trailed, at 3.5/15 . . .
At noon, Nine news led with a 10.1/35, followed by Seven news at 6.8/24, "Here's Lucy" on Four with a 3.1/11 and "Panorama" on Five, at 2.4/8 . . .
From 5 to 6 p.m., the combination of "One Day at a Time" and "Alice" on Channel 5 was first with a 10.9/23, followed by Nine news at 8.4/18, Seven news at 7.5/16, Four news at 7.0/16 and "The Dukes of Hazzard" on Twenty at 4.5/9 . . .
From 6 to 7 p.m., the combination of "Gimme a Break!" and "Too Close for Comfort" on Five led with a 14.4/26, followed by Nine News at 10.8/20; the 6-6:30 local news on Seven at 8.4/16; Four news at 8.2/15; and the combination of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "What's Happening?" on Twenty at 5.4/10 . . .
At 6:30 p.m., "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" on Seven had a 10.3/18 . . .
At 7 p.m. "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" on Nine had a 12.7/21, while "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" on Four had an 8.3/14. That same half hour "Three's Company" on Five averaged a 14.7/25 and "The Jeffersons" on Twenty, a 5.8/10 . . .
At 11 p.m., Nine news led with an 11.1/26, followed by Four news with a 10.6/24 and Seven News with a 9.3/21. The 10 o'clock news on Five averaged a 7.2/12 . . .
Each rating point represents about 15,000 TV homes in the Washington area market . . .
Wait, There's More
NBC announced yesterday that it has scheduled "Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance From Sweden" for Wednesday, March 19 . . .
The network apparently got a go-ahead from Swedish officials yesterday for tapings in Stockholm today and tomorrow, despite the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in that city Friday night . . .
Proceeds from the March 4 Royal Gala, during which segments of the TV show will be filmed, will go to the Children's International Summer Villages, an organization involving 92 nations . . .
NBC said yesterday that Hope and his wife Dolores are to be received at the Royal Palace by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia earlier today . . .
NBC also announced that "in one of his sketches for the TV Special, Hope -- as Olaf the Obnoxious -- discovers America some 500 years before Columbus" (Let's hope the Hope scriptwriters in Stockholm are wider awake than the network was in New York in releasing the plans yesterday) . . .