Cosby, Perez in Alphabet’s AIDS spec

ABC has scheduled its third annual “In a New Light” AIDS information special July 9. Bill Cosby, James Ingram, Debbie Harry, Chaka Khan and Rosie Perez are among the performers set to appear on the two-hour primetime telecast.

More than 30 actors and colleagues are scheduled to join a salute to producer Norman Lear Saturday at the Museum of Television & Radio. Panelists will be Bea Arthur, John Baskin, Paul Bogart, Al Burton, Hal Cooper, Jack Elinson, Marla Gibbs, Lynnie Godfrey, Charlie Hauck, Sherman Hemsley, Graham Jarvis, Mort Lachman, Louise Lasser, Bill Macy, Allan Mannings, Ann Marcus, Martin Mull, Rod Parker, Mary Kay Place, Alan Rafkin, John Rich, Esther Rolle, Michael Ross, T.E. Russell, Isabel Sanford, Bob Schiller, Jean Stapleton, Holland Taylor, Maura Tierney, Bob Weiskopf and Bernie West.

Warner Bros. has tapped Danila Koverman as coordinating producer for “Entertainment News Television,” its magazine strip set to debut in the fall. Koverman was acting director of field production at E! Entertainment Television. Koverman also produced E!’s “Extreme Close-Up,” the half-hour interview show hosted by new “ENT” co-host Arthel Neville.

Anthony Hopkins will take an East African adventure to inaugurate the coming season of the PBS series “Nature,” in a program titled “In the Lion’s Den With Anthony Hopkins.” A previous star turn on the docu series featured Timothy Dalton, with others expected to follow. The show is produced through pubcaster WNET/New York.

Michael Linder, a pioneer in reality programming, has joined KCOP’s “Real News” as exec news producer.

Cable Positive, a non-profit group established by the cable industry to raise AIDS awareness and to fund research, has given a $ 20,000 grant to Hollywood Supports, an industry org that combats AIDS discrimination in the workplace. Half will be used to train New York-based facilitators, and the other $ 10,000 will fund seminars in cable workplaces in the South and Midwest.

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