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Sharon Gless will play twin sisters Betty Gay Wilson and Peggy Joy Lowe in the fact-based CBS movie “Separated by Murder,” which begins production Jan. 24 from the Larry Thompson Organization. The project, previously titled “Alabama Twins Murder,” is from a script by Jeff Andrus and Bobby Roth.

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Producer Bruce Savin has signed to produce movies and miniseries for RHI Entertainment. Savin was co-exec producer on “To Dance With the White Dog” and is producing “Flight to Freedom,” the true story of a Cuban pilot’s escape from his homeland, for NBC.

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AMC Theatres has banned smoking in the lobbies, restrooms and concession areas of 58 theaters in California, Arizona, Colorado and Washington. According to Gregory Rutkowski, VP of operations in the West division, “This is the logical next step for theaters to take, given the public’s concern with the effects of secondhand smoke.”

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The Game Show Channel has signed a deal with Interactive Network to jointly produce interactive programming for the basic cable network, which will launch next year. The channel is a partnership of the Sony Pictures Entertainment TV Group, United Video Cable Ventures and Mark Goodson Prods.

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“Cabaret Noel: A Broadway Cares Christmas,” a two-album set of holiday songs featuring Lainie Kazan, Scott Bakula, Tommy Tune and others, is in select L.A. and N.Y. stores. All proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Lockett-Palmer Recordings. Information: (800) 323-5937.

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