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Elijah Wood will receive the Young Star of the Year Award at the NATO/ShoWest ’94 closing banquet March 10 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Wood appeared in the 1993 movies “The Adventures of Huck Finn” and “The Good Son.”

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ABC has renewed “Matlock” for the 1994-95 season, which will be the ninth year for the Viacom Prods. drama. The network has ordered 18 hours of the Andy Griffith series, which moved to ABC beginning with the 1992-93 season after six years on NBC. The series is averaging a solid 11.7 rating/18 share in Nielsen this season in its difficult Thursday time period, albeit with an older demographic skew.

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Business News Network, a Gotham-based TV production company, will launch a new Sunday business program that will air on six CBS O&Os beginning April 3. The station group has provided a 52-week commitment to “Power Profiles: A Business Magazine,” described as a fast-paced half-hour magazine-style show. CNBC’s Jimmy Rogers will host.

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NBC has ordered two additional episodes of Paramount Network TV’s “The Mommies,” including a special Mother’s Day show, bringing the first-year series’ total to 24 segments.

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Arnold Shapiro, exec producer of “Rescue 911,” gives a one-day UCLA Extension course on “Creating and Selling Reality Shows, Documentaries & Other True Stories” Saturday. Producers Ron Ziskin (“American Gladiators”) and Craig Haffner (“The Real West”) also participate in the class, skedded 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the UCLA Botany Building, Room 325. Information: Gary Bebout, (310) 825-9064.

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NBC announced a partnership with another General Electric division, Genie Services, for interactive online information and entertainment services. The network also has deals with Prodigy and America Online.

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