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Honolulu TV station KWHE has been fined $ 20,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for exceeding the number of commercials per hour allowed during kidvid hours.

The LeSea Broadcasting station was fined for airing the syndicated program “Quigley’s Village” 27 times between January and June 1992. The FCC said the 30 -minute program appeared to be a “program-length commercial.”

The FCC also handed out a $ 15,000 fine against Metro Media Broadcastiong station WQPW-TV of Valdosta, Ga., based on the station’s “inadequate” efforts at employing minorities.

A $ 1 million suit against Virgin Records charging false and deceptive packaging of Paula Abdul’s 1988 album “Forever Your Girl,” brought by singer Yvette Marine in 1991, has been delayed until May 25. Abdul claims Marine is only a backup singer. Marine claims she sang a lead vocal track that was electronically combined with Abdul’s voice on at least two of the album’s songs.

The California Court of Appeal has upheld a $ 2 million verdict for Max Baer in his suit against ABC/CapCities over acquisition of film rights to the song “Like a Virgin.” Case now goes back to a lower court to determine punitive damages.

Leonard Nimoy will direct “Deadly Games,” a six-hour limited series for ABC from Viacom Prods. Paul Bernbaum is writer-exec producer on the project, the story of a research scientist who invents a video game that draws characters into the real world. ABC is developing a number of so-called limited series and will air Oliver Stone’s “Wild Palms” later this year.

“L.A. Law” co-exec producers John Tinker and John Masius are expected to leave the series within the month, with Twentieth TV reportedly talking to former “Law” producer William Finkelstein– currently behind the ABC drama “Civil Wars”–about taking over the series. Masius and Tinker joined the show this season but haven’t helped stem its ratings slide.

In keeping with this year’s Oscar theme –“Oscar Celebrates Women and the Movies”– The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor Oscarwinning women at a gala reception Jan. 28 in the lobby of the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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