Well, it's not all rerun news this morning, TV Column fans ...

CBS Entertainment, for instance, announced it will finally air those three episodes of "Beauty and the Beast" that never made the schedule when the network suddenly canceled Furface last winter ...

The episodes, which will wrap up the story of how Vincent coped following the death of Catherine when little Furface was born, will air Saturdays at 9 starting July 21 and conclude on Aug. 4 ...

We won't give away all the secrets of the Final Three Episodes. Suffice it to say that Vincent's new pal in the DA's office, Diana Bennett, gets along so well with him she's invited to the "naming ceremony" under the streets for little Furface and is even shown the secrets of the Tunnel World ...

Unfortunately, a serial killer is stalking former Tunnel dwellers now living above ground just when Fawtha -- whose life hasn't been any bowl of cherries since the medical society booted him for being an anti-nuclear activist -- is reunited with an old girlfriend named Jessica (Fionnula Flanagan) and moves topside to be with her ...

In sum: Vincent will have plenty to growl about in those last three episodes ...

If CBS is leaving B&TB fans bereft on Saturday nights after Aug. 4, ABC Entertainment will be picking up the slack with reruns of "Twin Peaks" on Saturday nights thereafter ...

The weird David Lynch series returns on Sunday, Aug. 5, with a repeat of the two-hour premiere and then settles into Saturday nights starting Aug. 11 for seven more episodes ...

Unlike Beast, new episodes of "Twin Peaks" will be back on the schedule this fall (on Saturday nights this time around) but ABC hasn't revealed just when it will premiere ...

Born on the Fourth of July in Hong Kong: Isabel Katarina, to Tippin and Mark Litke. She's their first. He's senior correspondent in Asia for ABC News ...

"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" won the network race last week with a 9.5 rating and a 22 percent audience share. "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" was a distant second at 7.9/18 while "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" was an even more distant third at 7.1/16 ...

That last was the lowest audience share for any network news show since NBC did a 16 one week in August 1984 about midway through that streak in which CBS News won 213 weeks in a row (by comparison ABC has now won 25 in a row) ...

Each national ratings point represents 921,000 TV households ...

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Kevin Kiley, weekend sportscaster for Channel 7, takes exception to our Wednesday report that he would "probably not" remain with the station after signing a multi-year deal with Turner Broadcasting System's TNT network, where he is scheduled to be a pregame analyst for TNT's NFL telecasts this fall and be available for other assignments ...

In fact, Kiley said just about everything in our report was wrong ...

He said he has signed a three-year deal with TNT -- whose terms he would not disclose -- and that he had "made it clear" to the public when he accepted his local Emmy in late June after being named top sportscaster that "I wanted to continue working for WJLA" ...

The 12-year WJLA veteran said negotiations with the station begin next week on renewal of the two one-year contracts, which end in September ...

"Right now, the rub would seem to be that for the first nine weeks of the NFL season I'd be doing Sunday nights on TNT and not available for WJLA. But last year {sports director} Frank Herzog did the sports on Sunday night during the entire NFL season. I wasn't there on Saturdays when I was working for ESPN in another deal. My agreement with TNT really doesn't change anything -- and it's only for the first nine weeks of the season" ...

He said his other assignments with TNT each year, "with only a few exceptions," would not be "weekend events. It's very important to me that the TNT deal is being structured in a way that I would be available to work for WJLA in at least a capacity similar to what I've been in the last two years. I expect it will happen" ...

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WGBH in Boston, which distributes the series, reported yesterday that Channel 56 (WNVC) in Northern Virginia has picked up the rights to "Today's Japan," which was recently jettisoned by Channel 26 ...

No word on airtime but we'll get details to you soon as we can ...

Susan Mercandetti, who has been with Ted Koppel for most of the past 11 years, has left Koppel Communications Inc., where she has been director of development ...

She is going to marry Richard Hass of the National Security Council staff later this summer ...

Koppel expressed regrets over her departure yesterday and said he hopes "we'll be working together again" ...

"She is a wonderful person and she is marrying a wonderful man," Koppel said. He said that since KCI was formed in September 1988, "we've basically been doing programs for ABC News and we haven't had time so far for the program development we had originally planned" ...

He said Mercandetti worked on the (June 21) KCI production of the Nelson Mandela program out of New York for the network ...

Koppel recalled yesterday that Mercandetti joined "Nightline" "almost at the beginning" in 1980 as the late night public affairs series' first "booker" (of guests) and eventually rose to producer on the program ...

NBC News says Tom Brokaw and Garrick Utley yesterday interviewed Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi in London. Fang was permitted to leave Beijing recently after spending a year in the U.S. Embassy following the Tiananmen Square uprising ...

Portions of the interview will air on tonight's "NBC Nightly News." The entire interview will be seen on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday (Channel 4, 8:30 a.m., 'count of Wimbledon) ...

Fox Broadcasting is expanding to Wednesday nights starting July 25 and running through Sept. 12, offering original primetime programs between 8 and 10 p.m... .

The Wednesday lineup kicks off at 8 p.m. with a one-hour drama called "Glory Days," starring Brad Pitt, Spike Alexander, Evan Mirand and Nicholas Kallsen as former high school students who chose separate ways. Fox calls it a "hard-edged, rite-of-passage program" ...

At 9, a half-hour program called "Molloy" will star Mahim Bialik as an idealistic, outspoken teenager who suffers the usual culture shock of a family move from New York to Beverly Hills. (This is obviously an antidote to the series in which a teenager suffers culture shock when the family moves to New York from Beverly Hills) ...

Six different sitcoms will vie for attention in the last half-hour of each Wednesday. They are "Hollywood Dog," starring Hank Azaria; "The World According to Straw," with Kevin Pollak; "I'm Home," with Andrea Martin; "Ghost Writer," starring Anthony Perkins; "The Bobby and Larry Show," with Biran McNamara and William Ragsdale; and "Oh, No, Not Them," with Nigel Palmer, Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Bundy ...

Fox currently shows programs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. This fall, it will air a Thursday-through-Monday schedule. The Wednesday lineups this summer are getting tryouts as possible midseason replacements ...

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And what would a traditional Fourth of July be without a traditional Sixth of July look at the Ratingzzz of the Fourth of July specials in the TV Column? ...

On the national scene, a potpourri of "On the Road" segments from the past 11 years for "On the Fourth of July With Charles Kuralt" for CBS News averaged a 6.8 national Nielsen rating and an 18 percent audience share ...

During that same hour, "China Beach" returned to ABC with a rerun about the Fourth in Vietnam, which averaged a 5.1/13 ...

Locally, "A Capitol Fourth 1990" on Channel 26, featuring Henry Mancini, Mstislav Rostropovich, Beverly Sills and the National Symphony Orchestra from the Mall averaged a 3.4 rating and a 9 share between 8 and 9 ...

With the promise of fireworks during the last half-hour, the ratings rose to a 4.8/13 over the next 45 minutes. But when it was announced that an accident on the Mall requiring the medical evacuation of a young lady would delay the fireworks, WETA switched to a replay of "Landmarks & Legends," with Bryson Rash, back in the studio. After two minutes, the fireworks got a go-ahead and the station switched back to the Mall. But audiences fell off to a 4.1/11 in the last 15 minutes ...

Each local ratings point represents 17,278 TV homes. Even on the Fourth of July ...

On Channel 20, between 8 and 10, a live Fourth of July spectacular from Disney World and Disneyland -- featuring Gladys Knight, the Mickey Mouse Club regulars, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles etc. -- averaged a 3.0/8 during the first hour but fell off to a 2.1/6 in the second hour for a 2.5/7 overall ...

The Kuralt special on Nine averaged a 6.6/16 between 10 and 11. "China Beach" on Seven averaged a 4.2/10, while "Quantum Leap" on Four did a 5.9/14 . .

Meanwhile, Channel 5's 10 o'clock news clocked an 8.1/20 ...