At the top of the news this morning, TV Column and Rowdy Roddy Piper fans, ABC Entertainment has put development of "Tag Team" on hold ...

The one-hour drama, designed as a mid-season replacement series, was to be about wrestlers who become cops when they're barred from wrestling. A spokesman for ABC said the network, producers Disney and IndieProd have "mutually decided to delay production" ...

The series, set for an 8 p.m. timeslot, also would have starred Jesse "the Body" Ventura, Robin Curtis, Michael Genevese and Raymond O'Connor ...

Add another casualty of the Mideast crisis: The cast of ABC's "Growing Pains" has decided not to go to Barcelona and Paris to tape a two-part episode for the upcoming season ...

Initial funding is already on hand for "Nine Months," an interesting series due from Channel 26 probably starting in November ...

The weekly half-hour programs, which would air over some 20 weeks, will follow six pregnant area women during the last five months of their terms ...

Each episode would be aired three times a week to achieve maximum viewership. The public TV station regards "Nine Months" as a major "outreach component" of its schedule this year ...

Planning is still in the initial stages -- neither the women nor the technical staff for the series have been chosen. At this point "Nine Months" is not expected to have a regular "host" ...

The six women to be selected would be in the general category of women at some risk -- probably including a teenager, and perhaps two who are pregnant relatively late in life. The series would follow them as they interact with their doctors, their friends, health services and one another as the weeks go by ...

"It will be relatively unstructured and we would expect audiences to increase a great deal as the women approach their terms," according to WETA spokeswoman Ann Pincus. "We're very anxious that the program gets maximum exposure each week. We'd hope that everybody in Washington might be watching by the end of the series ...

"The women selected will be normal, regular people whose day-to-day problems the audience can relate to" ...

Pincus added that as the program is now visualized, not all of the women selected would be on each week ...

Although the time periods have not been selected, the weekly half-hours would be shown at three different time periods each week, she said ...

Now thisStill no word from Columbia Pictures Television as to who will replace Connie Sellecca as the star of the ABC sitcom "Baby Talk" after the former star of "Hotel" abruptly left the series last week just as it was to start production ...

"Contract difficulties" were blamed for her departure ...

"Baby Talk," already set for the enviable 8:30 Tuesday timeslot just ahead of "Roseanne" this fall, is a spinoff of the hit movie "Look Who's Talking." Sellecca was to have played the single mother of a baby whose thoughts will be voiced by Tony Danza on the small screen ...

Calling all "Flatliners": Only "CBS This Morning" showed no gain in the morning network ratings during the week ending Aug. 10, despite the increased interest in the news because of the Iraq crisis ...

Front-runner "Good Morning America" was up 7 percent from the week before, with a 4.5 national Nielsen rating and a 21 percent audience share (the ABC program's 32nd consecutive weekly win, by the way) ...

NBC's "Today" jumped 14 percent to a 3.5/15, its best showing since May 25 and its best since Joe Garagiola and Faith Daniels joined the cast the week ending June 15 ...

Each ratings point represents 921,000 TV homes ...

By the by, Bryant Gumbel of "Today" is reportedly headed for the Middle East and is expected to spend the entire week...

And while we're on the well-traveled Ratingzz Rialto this morning, TV Column fans, let's take time out to recall that:

Maria Shriver's first "Cutting Edge" special on NBC Tuesday night scored a 12.5/23, which ranks it just behind Jane Pauley's first "Real Life" show among the network's primetime summer magazine efforts ...

Thursday night, CBS's "Northern Exposure," with a 10.9/19, won the 10 o'clock timeslot, as ABC News's "PrimeTime Live" finished third in the time period with an 8.6/17, behind an "L.A. Law" rerun on NBC (9.4/18) ...

Earlier in the evening, a busted pilot, "The Ladies on Sweet Street," averaged a 7.5/15 from 8 to 9 on ABC ...

And, just to make your entire day, TV Column fans, you should know that as of Monday, Aug. 27, Nielsen will raise its total TV household count from 92.1 million homes to 93.1 million. Which means -- all together now -- each ratings point will then represent 931,000 TV homes!!!!! ...

"PrimeTime Live" co-anchor Sam Donaldson admitted on the Thursday program that the night before on "Nightline" he had unwittingly revealed his exact location in the Middle East, in violation of the U.S. rule that prohibits correspondents in Saudi Arabia from saying where they are ...

When the tape was repeated on "PrimeTime Live" Thursday the location was censored. Donaldson then explained to the audience that he had "made the mistake of saying exactly where I am, and it turns out that's a no-no and so we had to bleep it out. It's not that this is such a secret location. ... It's that the Saudis are so sensitive about the {U.S.} troops being here that they simply don't want the location published" ...

When Donaldson initially specified the location of an air base used by U.S. warplanes in Saudi Arabia, he got a warning from his U.S. military escort ...

In other Middle East news, ABC's Forrest Sawyer finally arrived in Amman, Jordan, Saturday after being booted from Baghdad ...

The National Association of Broadcasting Employees and Technicians last week filed a charge of unfair labor practices against NBC with the National Labor Relations Board ...

Wednesday the network had implemented a new four-year contract, its "final offer" after eight months of negotiations. The old contract expired March 31. Nearly 2,400 NBC employees belong to the union ...

NABET accused NBC of refusing to bargain in good faith and unilaterally implementing the offer, which had twice been rejected by union members ...

A spokesman for NBC said the network had fulfilled all its legal obligations and "is confident that just as when NABET filed a similar charge in 1987, the NLRB will find the complaint without merit" ...

A two-hour version of last spring's 14-hour "Farm Aid IV: An All-Star Concert for America" -- which aired April 7 on the Nashville cable network -- will be seen on CBS on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 8 ...

Among the stars: Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Guns N'Roses and Elton John ...

And Finally, from our bulging Better Late Than Real Late File: Kyle MacLachlan, who plays FBI agent Dale Cooper on ABC's "Twin Peaks," will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" when that show returns for its 16th season on Saturday, Sept. 29 ...

Just happens to be the night before Kyle shows up on the season premiere of "Twin Peaks" on ABC, just in case he forgets to mention it that evening ...