ABC News is expected to announce today a year-end reorganization of its overseas operations, including an expansion of both its Moscow and Berlin bureaus ...

Concomitantly, the News division is expected to cut staffs at several of its 11 bureaus and five offices overseas, perhaps closing several of the latter ...

One source indicated, however, that between the expansions and the retractions, staff totals will remain just about the same when the dust has settled ...

And CBS News announced late yesterday that it is cutting the number of producers for each of the five correspondents on "60 Minutes" from five to four while increasing the number of associate producers. A spokesman for the program said the loss of three jobs is not part of the current cuts being planned at the News division and had been in the works for some time ...

NBC News says Tom Brokaw has lined up an interview with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein sometime "at the end of next week" when Brokaw and the other network anchors are in the neighborhood attending to President and Mrs. Bush's Thanksgiving visit with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia ...

As everybody expected, ABC's Peter Jennings got his audience with Saddam yesterday morning, and portions of his interview aired on "World News Tonight," "PrimeTime Live" and "Nightline" last evening ...

Speaking of "PrimeTime Live," World War II veterans are going to feel a tug during next week's edition ...

Co-anchor Sam Donaldson is taking Bill Mauldin to Saudi Arabia so the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist can introduce his famous GI characters from the Italian campaign, Willie and Joe, to the troops and the scorching desert terrain -- a visit that might even make Willie and Joe nostalgic, at least for a minute, for the unending mud of the 1943-44 trudge up the boot ...

Don't settle back in your rocking chairs just yet: CBS Entertainment has announced it will be taping "George Burns' 95th Birthday Party" out at Television City on Jan. 6. No air date yet ...

And one more pit stop on Memory Lane: TBS has signed Vin Scully to handle the Jan. 17-20 broadcast of the Hawaiian Open ...

The L.A. Times reports that Fox has bleeped all the offending words from tonight's episode of "Against the Law" (Channel 5 at 9), which deals with the obscenity trial of "an obnoxious comic who has been busted for using a flurry of profanity" during a stand-up routine in Boston ...

The program was filmed using the actual words in dispute, the Times reports, but they were bleeped to comply with Fox's broadcast standards ...

Michael Butler, who wrote the script, told the Times, "In a sense, it is ironic that we have a show about free speech and we have to bleep the very words we are saying should be protected. But we knew we were up against that going in and I think the point is worth going for even with those constraints" ...

In Other NewzzzInterest in last week's elections gave a slight boost (about a half-million TV homes) to viewership of the morning network shows from the previous week ...

ABC's "Good Morning America" climbed to a 5.2 rating and a 23 percent audience share for the week ending Nov. 9, GMA's highest rating since April 1986 (we just know you're keeping track of all this), its biggest ratings margin over "Today" since April 1984 (well, we know NBC is keeping track of this) and its 45th straight week on top ...

NBC's "Today" loped in at 3.5/16 and "CBS This Morning" did a 2.6/12 ...

Bill Don Moyers will be in town on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to speak at the National Press Club luncheon on the subject of "Talking America," in which he will discuss his work in public TV and public TV's role in political discourse ...

The very next evening PBS will air Bill Don's 90-minute special, "The Power of the Past With Bill Moyers: Florence" (Channel 26 at 9 p.m.) ...

When P.J. gets back from the Persian Gulf he'll have one last week to practice before ABC News begins broadcasting his "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" from a brand-new, state-of-the-art control room early in December! ...

The 2,000-square-foot facility got its first try-out on Election Night. It includes a robotic camera-control system for use with three robotic cameras on the newsroom set, although the cameras won't kick in for some time (which should take care of any union problems down the line) ...

The control room even has its own power supply, so broadcasts can continue on the air in case of power failure ...

"Nightline," "World News This Morning" and the news segments for "Good Morning America" will also be broadcast from the new complex starting next month ...

That Barbara Walters special Wednesday night on ABC, during which both Shirley MacLaine and Delta Burke enjoyed a good cry (and Mel Gibson didn't), wound up with an 18.4 national Nielsen rating and a 32 percent audience share, figures which probably wrung a few tears from CBS and NBC ...

ABC estimated some 25 million watched the show, which enabled the network to win the night with a 16.6/27 average from 8 to 11. And, as he has done after every broadcast of a Barbara Walters special since the first one aired in 1976, ABC Inc. founder and former chairman Leonard Goldenson called Barbara after the show to congratulate her ...

Also on the network that night, "The Wonder Years" averaged a 16.3/27; "Growing Pains," 16.0/25; "Doogie Howser, M.D.," 16.2/25; and "Married People" (which greeted the birth of little Max), 14.5/23, almost two ratingzzz points above its average so far this year ...

On NBC, which finished second with a 12.7/21 for the night, "The Fanelli Boys," now at 9:30, continued to fade. "Unsolved Mysteries" kicked off the night for NBC with a strong 16.5/26, followed in the distance by "Dear John," which slumped to an 11.2/18; "Fanelli Boys," 8.9/14 (down from its 10.5/17 average); and "Hunter," at 11.6/20 against ABC's sobbing sisters ...

CBS averaged a 9.3/15 as a "48 Hours" on "Panic, Fears and Phobias" registered a scary 8.1/13, followed by "Jake & the Fatman" at 12.8/20 and "WIOU," which dropped to a frightening 7.0/12 (off a 10.2/19 previous average for three outings) ...

Sure, the numbers will seem a tad modest, compared with big network primetime results, but PBS considers the recent three-part "Mystery!: Mother Love," starring Diana Rigg, C.B.E., a major success, ranking right up there with Sherlock Holmes or any Agatha Christie presentation as one of the most popular offerings in the history of the series ...

In 21 major cities "Mother Love," which aired Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, averaged a 3.3/5 for the three nights, with Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Phoenix and New York -- cultural centres all -- routinely hitting 4 and 5 ratings. Dallas was at the bottom, averaging a 1/1, followed much too closely by Indianapolis ...

Locally, "Mother Love" averaged a 3.4/5 on WETA ...

So far this year -- Commander Rigg's first as host -- audiences for "Mystery!" are up 29 percent, which doesn't surprise Captain Airwaves, O.A.F., one bit ...

What's In, What's Out -- at least among the 67 TV writers around the country who were asked by Electronic Media to name the 10 best and the five worst series that can be seen right now on TV -- network and cable ...

CBS, which has been routinely described as "mired-in-third-place CBS" the past few seasons by so many of these self-same TV critics, is actually showing signs of waking up, according to their comments and their votes in the EM survey (the TV writers, in turn, were actually showing signs of mainstreaming it for a change, selecting only a few oddball shows for their popularity lists this time around) ...

For the second EM poll, CBS's "Murphy Brown" was voted number one in the "best shows" category, while CBS's "Evening Shade" (14th) and "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" 15th, were the highest-ranked of any of the four networks' new shows this season ...

"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (11th) was the top-rated syndicated series ...

The top 10 Best Shows, in order, were:

CBS's "Murphy Brown," Fox's "The Simpsons," NBC's "L.A. Law," NBC's "Cheers," ABC's "The Wonder Years," ABC's "Twin Peaks," ABC's "thirtysomething," CBS's "Designing Women," Fox's "In Living Color" and ABC's "China Beach" ...

Among the second 10, ABC's "Roseanne" ranked 13th, NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" was 17th and ABC's canceled "Cop Rock" tied with CBS's "Doctor, Doctor" for 18th ...

Fox's "Good Grief" was an easy winner in the "worst shows" category, followed by CBS's "Uncle Buck" and NBC's "Ferris Bueller," which tied for second, and CBS's canceled "E.A.R.T.H. Force" and ABC's "Going Places," which tied for fourth ...