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Cast and crew interviews have expanded PBS’ 90-minute “I’ll Fly Away” finale to two hours. The Lorimar TV series, which aired originally on NBC, will repeat on PBS after the Oct. 11 broadcast.

Life-sized bronze busts of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame inductees Bill Cosby, Ernie Kovacs, Red Skelton, Eric Sevareid, David Susskind and Danny Thomas will be unveiled Sept. 10 at ATAS’ Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood.

Estelle Getty, who takes her “Golden Palace” character, Sophia, to “Empty Nest” this fall, will release an hourlong exercise video for people over 55 in October, called “Young at Heart.” Designed by pro fitness expert Raphael Picaud, the routine focuses on easy, low-impact exercises.

Ronnie Milsap and the Temptations both have signed with the William Morris Agency.

Former MCA executive veep Berle Adams, manager and friend of Louis Jordan, is a principal source for a National Public Radio documentary on the influential R&B pioneer. The hourlong doc airs at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 on KPCC-FM. “Five Guys Named Moe,” the musical featuring Jordan’s music, continues at the Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood through Sept. 25.

Vernon Wells (“Circuitry Man”) has signed to star in Concorde Pictures’ action drama “Stranglehold,” which rolls in Manila in September. Cerio Santiago directs.

UHF station KMET, the newest broadcast outlet in Los Angeles, has rolled out French and Russian programming this week. With a World Television format, KMET airs around-the-clock blocks of programming from Europe, Asia and Latin America.

A benefit for the Celtic Arts Center, destroyed by fire last New Year’s Eve, will be held Sept. 12 at the Comedy Store. Tickets are $ 25 and include dinner.

Capitol Records has made a donation to the City of Los Angeles of hundreds of tons of beach sand, leftovers from a recent parking lot party celebrating the 30 th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ “Surfin USA.” The Dept. of Parks and Recreation will use it for construction.

For the 18th consecutive year, publicist Julian Myers will conduct the UCLA Extension course Public Relations for the Entertainment World, beginning Oct. 6 and continuing for eight Wednesdays. Information: (310) 825-9971.

Sean Astin-starrer “Rudy” will have its world premiere on Oct. 6 at the Morris Civic Auditorium in South Bend, Ind. — home of the U. of Notre Dame. The pic is the true story of an athlete who overcame small stature to become a member of the Fighting Irish football team. Written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh, the TriStar pic is skedded to open in limited engagements Oct. 13 and nationally Oct. 22.

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