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Actress-turned-journalist Brianne Leary will host “Last Call,” Brandon Tartikoff’s latenight syndicated series from MCA TV. Other panelists in the topical half-hour strip are Susan Ellicott, West Coastcorrespondent, Sunday Times of London; Tad Low, a contributor to Fox’s “Front Page”; Terry McDonnell, former editor of Esquire; and Elvis Mitchell, editor-at-large, Spin magazine. Ed Horwitz is the producer.

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William Morris senior VP/talent Joan Hyler has been named to the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers. She will be inducted today in New York. Previous inductees include Beverly Sills, Lucie Salhany and Mary Alice Williams.

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Comic Ed Marques has signed an exclusive deal with MTV to appear on the cable network and develop a series for broadcast TV through MTV Prods. Separately, comedian Willie Barcena has inked a series development pact with Twentieth TV. Both are represented by Jackman & Taussig Entertainment Agency.

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ABC has ordered a new Saturday-morning series, “Bump in the Night,” for next fall. “Bump” features clay-animated figures and showcases characters currently used as interstitial material on the network. David Bleiman and Ken Pontac, who produced the ABC pilot “The Danger Team,” are exec producers through their Danger Prods.

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CBS will air this year’s Museum of Television & Radio special, “One on One: Classic Television Interviews,” from 9:30-11 p.m. Nov. 29, following “Murphy Brown.” The spec is the last under a rotating three-year deal between the New York museum and the webs.

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Don Wells, Bradley Bessey and Adora English have moved up in the production ranks on Paramount Domestic TV’s NBC show “John & Leeza.” Previously head writer , Wells is now supervising producer. Bessey has shifted from talent booker to head of the talent department, and former associate producer English is now planning producer.

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The Fountain Theatre presented $ 15,000, representing box office profits from its four-week, 20-show April production of “The Boys in the Band,” to Equity Fights AIDS. It’s the first time a theater has donated all proceeds from a show’s run, according to the Michael Van Duzer of the AIDS organization.

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