Short Takes

David Letterman is scheduled to return to his old stomping grounds, appearing as a guest on NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” Feb. 21. Letterman had O’Brien on as a guest when he was still hosting “Late Night,” after O’Brien had been selected to succeed him.

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Citadel Entertainment has landed TV movie or miniseries rights to the much-sought-after story of William Coit Jr., who assisted police in the arrest of his mother for the murder of her two former husbands. Citadel president David Ginsburg and Mark Sennet will exec produce.

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Dick Clark Prods. has two specials lined up for the February sweeps: “Will You Marry Me?,” a pre-Valentine’s Day spec, for 8 p.m. Feb. 13 on ABC; and NBC’s “American Bandstand’s Teen Idols,” in the same hour two days later. Clark will host the latter, while Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers of ABC’s “Step by Step” host the ABC spec.

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NBC has postponed the premiere of “Later With Greg Kinnear” two weeks, to Feb. 28, citing production delays caused by the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake. Current host Bob Costas has agreed to tape two additional weeks. His final installment is reskedded Feb. 25. Separately, the web’s Buffalo affiliate, WGRZ-TV, has dropped “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in favor of paid programming. KRON-TV San Francisco said last week it would delay the show to make room for MCA TV’s syndie strip “Last Call” (Daily Variety, Jan. 27).

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Dan Aloni has joined United Talent Agency as an agent in the motion picture literary department. Aloni, a former investment banker who was with the Gersh Agency for three years, brings with him Tom Shadyac, who wrote and directed the WB/Morgan Creek comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” and Andy Fleming, who wrote/helmed the TriStar feature “Threesome.”

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Tony Kushner, whose “Angels in America” is playing on Broadway, will create a new version of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Person of Setzuan” to be world premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse beginning July 31. The production will be directed by Playhouse associate director Lisa Peterson.

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Children’s Television Workshop has reached an agreement with France’s Ellipse Programme to develop a French version of “Sesame Street.” Ellipse children’s productions include “Tintin” and “Babar,” both of which have aired domestically on HBO.

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Actor Ed Lauter, who has signed for representation with The Agency’s Ed Adler , landed a part in the Carolco/MGM comedy “Wagon’s East,” the John Candy/Richard Lewis/Ellen Greene starrer. Pic is slated to start principal photography Monday in Durango, Mexico. Lauter’s credits include “School Ties,””My Blue Heaven” and “The Longest Yard.”

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