Channel 9 will launch a comedy/game show called "The Glenn Brenner Show" -- with you-know-who as host -- on Feb. 2 ...

Nine meteorologist Topper Shutt -- a big favorite of the not-so-big 6 a.m. Eyewitness News crowd -- will be Glenn's sidekick on the show ...

The program, to air in the 7:30 p.m. timeslot, will get a 13-week run. And if it doesn't work, Channel 9 will try another format for Brenner, whose new five-year, multimillion-dollar contract with the station guarantees that he will get a chance to display his comedic talents on programs outside of his hilarious and almost-sports-free 6 and 11 p.m. "sportscasts" (an elephant currently leads Glenn's weekly NFL picks contest) ...

Nine would like to syndicate Brenner eventually if enough viewers approve ...

The "game show" aspect of the half-hour -- probably limited to some easy Q&A exchanges sans a fortune's wheel or letterboard -- won't be as important as Brenner's exchanges with members of the audience and use of the goofy film clips that have helped to make media stars out of Glenn and rival George Michael at WRC in this market ...

If you're interested in joining the audience or being a contestant, write The Glenn Brenner Show, WUSA-TV, 4001 Brandywine St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 ...

Also at Nine, four former members of the Gannett News Service have officially arrived on board, including general assignment reporter Brenda Butler, who will handle consumer issues; general assignment reporter Ron Tallis, an 18-year veteran of Gannett; and editor Joe Johnson, who replaces Michael Flynn, who moves to the photography staff ...

As previously announced, Frank Bond, a longtime WBAL employee, has also joined Nine as a reporter from GNS, where he had worked since 1986 ...

And while we're out on Brandywine, let's be sure to put Andrea Roane back on the WUSA roster after that idiot Captain Airwaves assigned her to WRC on Wednesday in his less-than-perfect report about WETA's upcoming fund-raising drive, which runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 8 ...

(Airwaves, and we might as well get this all out of the way right here and now, also reported on Wednesday that "The Civil War" repeats will start Dec. 1 on WETA when he should have typed Sunday, Dec. 2. Really, Airwaves!) ...

The American Movie Classics cable channel goes to 24 hours starting Dec. 1. AMC, which mixes a steady diet of flicks from the 1930s-1970s, was launched in 1984 and now claims 26 million subscribers on 2,100 systems around the country ...

To mark the round-the-clock schedule, AMC will air "marathons" on each Saturday in December, starting Dec. 1 with 24 hours of Marilyn Monroe flicks. The next four Saturday marathons will be devoted, in turn, to Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, comedies and swashbuckling-pirate movies...

Channel 4 eliminated two more jobs last week although management is trying to find jobs on the station staff or with NBC for the two people slated to be laid off. In addition, at WRC news, a producer-writer in sports was dropped effective the end of the year ...

And more cuts are expected at Four -- as the result of the overall NBC-ordered reductions at the NBC-owned station and WRC belt-tightening in anticipation of a very tough 1991 in the Washington market. Four hopes attrition will account for most of the cuts. Funny thing is -- WRC has to gear up for that 7:30 weeknight newscast on WFTY starting Dec. 31 ...

LeftoversOn Tuesday night, the conclusion of "Stephen King's 'It' " on ABC averaged a 20.6 national Nielsen rating and a 33 percent audience share, a performance that just about clinches a second-place finish for ABC behind NBC in the November ratingzzz sweeps ...

The two-night average for "It" was 19.6/31, which makes it the "highest-rated multipart telecast so far this season," with an average audience of 32.8 million viewers ...

ABC easily won the night as the CBS movie "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" averaged a 12.5/20 compared with a 12.9/21 for the NBC combination of "In the Heat of the Night" and "Law & Order" during the same two hours ...

For the night, ABC averaged an 18.8/30, NBC a 13.9/22 and CBS a 13.2/21. Each ratings point -- and this figure doesn't change just because it happens to be a holiday -- represents 931,000 TV households ...

Locally, "It" did a 19.2/30 on WJLA, compared with a 12.7/20 for the NBC duo on WRC and an 11.0/17 for "Planes, etc." on WUSA. Holiday or no, each local ratings point represents 17,491 TV homes ...

CBS Entertainment is revising its Saturday night lineup next month, dispatching Gregory Harrison's "The Family Man" to a well-deserved rest until next spring and, as previously announced, dropping "The Hogan Family" lock, stock and Sandy Duncan. Final broadcasts of both will be Dec. 1 ...

Replacing the doomed duo two weeks later will be "You Take the Kids" at 8 p.m. and the returning "Lenny" at 8:30 ...

"Kids" stars Nell Carter, described by CBS as "a less-than-perfect mom who may not have all the answers but who is always ready with an opinion as her family comes face to face with the humor and heartaches of inner-city life. It's been 17 years of ups and downs, but she's still in love with her husband {Roger E. Mosley, who played T.C. on "Magnum, p.i."}, a school bus driver." Blue-collar Pittsburgh will be the seldom-seen venue here ...

"Lenny" stars Lenny Clarke, "a blue-collar guy with a unique view of the world that he freely expresses." Nell's family includes four kids; Lenny has a wife, three daughters and a deadbeat brother ...

In Lenny's brief Wednesday night appearances earlier this season, he averaged a modest 7.0/12 in three outings and currently ranks 82nd among 101 series tried so far on the networks ...

NBC DevelopmentsBrandon Tartikoff, chairman of the NBC Entertainment Group, and Warren Littlefield, president of NBC Entertainment, told affiliates earlier this week that the soap opera "Generations" will be canceled as of Jan. 25, to be replaced by "A Closer Look," a daily half-hour news program anchored by Faith Daniels, starting Jan. 28 ...

Faith will continue her duties on "Today" and "NBC News at Sunrise" ...

"A Closer Look" (working title) is described as a "women-oriented news program featuring stories pulled from newspaper headlines and driven by the social issues of the '90s" ...

Tartikoff said that NBC Productions is exploring the viability of continuing to produce "Generations" -- a breakthrough soap featuring racially mixed families -- for syndication as well as distributing the 470 episodes that will be available after the January finale. He blamed low ratings, anticipated clearance problems with NBC affiliates and "today's financial climate" for the cancellation. The show debuted in March 1989 and has consistently finished in the bottom five of the rankings for the 20-plus daytime network shows ...

The executives said NBC has five other programs under development for consideration in what could be a two-hour block of new daytime entertainment and news programs ...

Those include: "A.M. Assignment," featuring "a team of seasoned female journalists who go beyond normal news reporting for in-depth feature stories"; "Women's Diaries," described by Littlefield as a "real-life soap" featuring real people dealing with their personal and professional crises and experiences (probably starring Linda Ellerbee); and "Trialwatch," a magazine show with real-life court trials ...

Besides "A Closer Look," the NBC News division is also developing "Today's Woman," which would "feature a panel of well-known columnists and experts discussing issues reported in leading publications" (Airwaves, come back here) and "Today's People," featuring "newsmakers, personalities and everyday people with interesting stories to tell" (I hate to be blunt about it, Airwaves, but they don't mean you!) ...

NBC Entertainment seems to be getting desperate in its attempts to stop CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday nights. It's assigned former Fox Entertainment president Garth Ancier to produce an hour show featuring the most memorable moments from NBC's entertainment and news shows during the previous week, with smart remarks from people like Linda Ellerbee and Dave Barry for flavoring. The new -- and very economical -- 7 p.m. entry could start as early as January ...

ABC anchor Peter Jennings -- presumably having shaken the Saudi sands from his Burberrys -- will be the National Press Club's newsmaker luncheon speaker on Wednesday ...

Which -- quelle surprise! -- reminds us that "ABC World News Tonight With P.J." won last week's network race with an 11.2 rating and a 21 share. "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" and "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" tied for second at 9.7/18 ...