There's a whole lot of shakin' goin' on at "Falcon Crest" tonight as the season ends with an earthquake . . . but there's promise of even more shakin' on the CBS series next fall . . .
Kim Novak will be a regular next season (probably starting with Episode 2 in the fall), playing a mysterious troublemaker who teams up with that awful Richard Channing to bring down that nice Angela Channing . . .
Susan Winston, executive director of "CBS Morning News," told network affiliates out in Los Angeles yesterday that she's sticking to the schedule announced this spring and will have a plan for the show ready for CBS executives in July, and that whatever changes are due will be visible in the fall . . .
Staffers at the Washington bureau of Independent Network News, which is owned by Tribune Broadcasting, were told yesterday that the weekend news operation has been dropped for the summer . . .
Two part-time reporters and a part-time assignment editor were given two-week notices, while six other weekend employes will return to a five-day schedule . . .
In a memo to the staff, bureau chief Elvera Ruby cited budget cutbacks that are prevalent throughout the industry . . .
Ruby said that during the summer -- with the slower Washington pace -- decisions will be made on Fridays whether to bring in weekend crews . . .
INN supplies daily news to the Tribune stations, including WGN in Chicago, KTLA in Los Angeles and WPIX in New York, and a total of 110 stations around the country in all . . .
Channel 5 has "bought" the 5100 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW for its share of the Hands Across America fundraiser Sunday afternoon, making room for some 50 WTTG employes to hold hands . . .
On Monday night, the conclusion of "On Wings of Eagles" on NBC had a national Nielsen rating of 21.2 and a 34 percent audience share . . .
The movie "Johnny Bull" on ABC did a 12.7/20, while "Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story" could only muster an 11.2/18 for CBS (in Washington, where "Samaritan" was set, it registered a 15.3/25 on Channel 9) . . .
On Tuesday, the "Miss USA Pageant" on CBS started slowly but built to a 37 share in the last half hour, averaging a 17.8/30 overall in the national averages . . .
Those fun folks at Channel 4 had their very own NBC 60th Anniversary Party yesterday out on Nebraska Avenue featuring a six-layer cake with all the colors of NBC's new peacock -- gold, orange, red, purple, blue and green! And there was an NBC peacock outlined in icing on top of the cake! And six balloons representing the colors of the peacock floating overhead! . . .
After cake, champagne, hot dogs and nachos, there was a 1 1/2-hour closed-circuit chat hosted by NBC Chairman Grant Tinker out in Burbank that linked NBC's owned TV stations and its owned radio stations! During the hookup, WRC Vice President and General Manager Fred DeMarco introduced the 16 persons at the station who have worked for NBC at least 35 years . . . Also in the News
Lorimar-Telepictures, which already operates five TV stations, including two in Puerto Rico, has signed an agreement in principle to acquire seven more stations in a $1.85 billion deal with SCI (which includes Storer Communications) and Wometco Enterprises . . .
The new stations include five CBS affiliates, one NBC affiliate and an independent, and will increase Lorimar-Telepictures' coverage from six-tenths of 1 percent to 10.96 percent of all U.S. TV homes . . .
The new stations are WJBK in Detroit, WJW in Cleveland, WAGA in Atlanta, WITI in Milwaukee and WTVJ in Miami, CBS affiliates all. NBC affiliate KCST in San Diego and independent WSBK in Boston round out the picture . . .
Channel 20 will launch a summer run of the Canadian sitcom hit "Hangin' In" in the weeknight 6:30 time slot starting Monday, June 2 . . .
The series is set in a youth counseling center and stars Lally Cadeau as the senior counselor, David Eisner as a social worker and Ruth Springford as the wisecracking receptionist . . . all approaching "the solving of young people's problems with humor, resourcefulness and compassion" . . .
The series has been syndicated in the top 17 U.S. markets and overall will have 75 percent coverage of U.S. TV homes . . .
And Channel 5 has picked up another Canadian product, a one-hour comedy/drama called "Seeing Things," which will air in the 9 p.m. Friday time slot all summer starting June 20 . . .
The series stars Louis DelGrande as a "clairvoyant reporter" (I certainly hope they don't assign Louis to do the obituary column) . . . Moving Right Along
NBC talk show host David Letterman has been charged with violating a Connecticut state law that forbids motorists to use radar detectors, according to New Canaan Police Capt. Michael Angelastro . . .
Letterman was not speeding when he was stopped May 12, Angelastro explained. "We had a radar car out. The radar device was seen by the officer and was in use" . . .
Letterman faces a May 30 court appearance or a $40 fine. The New Canaan resident referred all questions to an NBC spokesman in New York. But, according to AP, the spokesman was not in his office yesterday . . .
On the other hand, "Good Morning America" host David Hartman will do a primetime special on ABC June 4 on the "national traffic mess." It's called "David Hartman . . . There's Got to Be a Better Way" . . .
"CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" was first for the week ending May 16 with an 11.8 Nielsen rating and a 24 percent audience share, followed by "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" at 10.8/23 and "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" at 9.9/20 . . . as the annual summer slump in audience levels continued for a second week in a row . . .
And if you'll ask the kiddies to leave the breakfast nook for a moment, TV Column fans, we'll tell you about a New York Magazine report that four days after Tom Bettag was named executive producer of "Evening News," he and Dan held a staff meeting during which "Rather told his team that from now on, 'we want to do more kick-ass journalism' " . . . TV Ratingzzzz
NBC had another easy win last week, despite a big night for the season finale of "Dallas" and strong rural market support for "Stagecoach" on CBS . . .
For the week it was a 15.3 Nielsen rating and a 26 percent audience share for NBC, a 14.5/25 for CBS and a 13.0/22 for ABC . . .
CBS' "Second Serve" was 30th, the Joe Piscopo special on ABC was 32nd and ABC's "Brotherhood of Justice" was 39th . . .
CBS' "Stark: Mirror Image" was 42nd; ABC's "Dom DeLuise and Friends Part IV" was 53rd; and CBS' "West 57th" was 54th . . .
The third edition of NBC's "Fast Copy" was up against fast company Sunday (CBS' "60 Minutes") and dropped all the way to the bottom of the ratings, to finish 62nd among 62 primetime shows ranked for the week ending May 18 . . .