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William Saroyan’s “The Time of Your Life” will run for six performances at the Pasadena Playhouse, April 29-May 2. The production is being staged by the Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates as an Equity-sanctioned benefit. The cast will feature 24 Playhouse alumni and current participants in the Playhouse’s Actors Workshop.

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“MacGyver,” which ran for seven years on ABC, has completed production on the first of two TV movies for next season, produced by Gekko Film Corp. in association with Henry Winkler/John Rich Prods. and Paramount Network TV. Richard Dean Anderson stars and is exec producer, and Michael Greenburg is the producer.

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Bertelsmann Music Group publishing has purchased the Lillybilly Music catalog of songwriter John Hiatt, who also re-signed a long-term co-publishing agreement with BMG. The catalog contains such Hiatt songs as “Angel Eyes,” recorded by Jeff Healey, and “A Thing Called Love,” done by Bonnie Raitt.

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Maurice Jarre will receive the Golden Soundtrack Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers to highlight the org’s eighth annual Film & TV Music Awards dinner. The event, which honors the composers, lyricists and publishers of the most-performed film and TV music of the year, will be held April 21 at the BevHilton Hotel.

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MTM TV Distribution has cleared the new kidstrip “Xuxa” in more than 80% of the country, including all of the top-20 markets. KCOP-TV has cleared it locally.

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“Forbidden Journeys — The New Irish Cinema” is the banner for a three-week Boston run of new and recent films from Ireland. Helmer Thaddeus O’Sullivan will intro the U.S. preem of “December Bride.” Also skedded are Margo Harkin’s “Hush-a-Bye Baby” (with Sinead O’Connor) and Colin Gregg’s “Lamb” (with Liam Neeson). The series runs Friday through May 6.

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ABC Video will launch a homevideo line of the docu specials “World of Discovery,” with more than 25 programs scheduled for release over the next three years at $ 19.98 each. The specials, which air on ABC, are produced by Dennis Kane in partnership with the network. The first titles to be released are “Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies,””Shark Chronicles” and “Tall Ship.”

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ABC Sports has extended its agreement to televise the Pro Bowlers Tour. The tour is the longest-running sports series on network TV and will start its 33rd year on ABC next January.

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