CBS has set a midseason pickup on the Paramount Network TV sitcom “Bob,” as expected (Daily Variety, May 21). The Bob Newhart series didn’t make the cut for the fall schedule after averaging a 9.7 rating, 17 share during the ’92-93 season.

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News directors Warren Cereghino of KTLA and Jeff Wald of KCOP, KTTV reporter Chris Harris and Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Boyarsky discuss media coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, today at the Smoke House in Burbank.

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Composer Morton Gould has been re-elected president of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers by the directors. He has been prexy since 1986. Others elected: Marilyn Bergman as VP; Jay Morgenstern as VP; Arthur Hamilton as secretary; Wayland Holyfield as assistant secretary; Arnold Broido as treasurer; and John McKellen as assistant treasurer.

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Sydney May Morrison and Elaine (E.E.) Moe, who ran L.A.’s Megaw Theater for 15 years, will open a Fine Arts Retreat May 31 at the Megaw Ranch in Coquille, Ore. Retreat is for actors, playwrights, composers, dancers, singers, directors, designers and producers, and workshops will cover all aspects of theater arts.

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Lee Werbel has been named executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Los Angeles, succeeding David M. Smith, who will represent GLAAD in Washington. Werbel, longtime arts consultant, was managing director for the L.A. County Music & Performing Arts Commission’s state/local partnership program.

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KCOP will host an hourlong live debate between mayoral candidates Michael Woo and Richard Riordan at 9 p.m. June 6, the Sunday before the election. KCOP anchor Ross Becker will moderate the debate, with questions from reporters Larry Attebery and Bryan Jenkins.

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E! Entertainment Television preems a new hour series, “… On E!,” July 3 at 8 p.m. The weekly series will combine elements of the cable network’s “Extreme Close-Up” and “Behind the Scenes.”

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