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CBS has ordered the Dudley Moore sitcom vehicle “Dudley” as a series and will now produce the show through in-house unit CBS Entertainment Prods. in association with Twentieth TV. Revamped from its original pilot, the story has been changed to star Moore as a pianist raising a troubled teenage son.

Susan Beavers has been named exec producer on the series with Allen McKeown. Production will begin in January for a targeted March premiere.

Hearst Entertainment is developing “David’s Mother” as a CBS movie for next fall, to be adapted by playwright Bob Randall from his stage play and exec produced by Randall and Jennifer Alward. The legit production has been touring the country and recently ended a run at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Randall is represented by Jeff Melnick of Harry Gold & Associates, who said the writer opted for the telefilm version despite movie offers because it was felt the material would be best served on TV. Melnick has been involved in bringing a number of playwrights into writing for television, including James Duff, Lee Blessing and Charles Busch.

KSCI-TV in Los Angeles will be presented the “television station of the year” award at the annual Gabriel Awards, chosen by the national Catholic Assn. for Professional Communicators, in St. Louis on Thursday. The UHF station broadcasts programming in 15 languages.

Fire damaged a sound stage at Universal Studios Saturday, nearly two years to the day after an arson-set fire damaged four acres of the studio’s backlot on Nov. 6, 1990.

Saturday’s fire broke out in insulation in the attic of Sound Stage 12. About 120 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly before 10 a.m. and was brought under control about an hour later.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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