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July 19, 1994|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times national and international news services and the nation's press


Snyder Inks CBS Deal: It looks as if CNBC host Tom Snyder will indeed host a late-night talk show for CBS following David Letterman's "Late Show." Despite previous public statements that he would stay with cable's CNBC, Snyder has signed "an agreement in principle with CBS," sources confirmed Monday. Plans call for Snyder, the choice of both Letterman and his producers to fill the late-late slot, to host the show from Los Angeles. Snyder's CNBC contract runs until the end of December, and sources said it still is not known if the cable channel would let Snyder out of his contract early. CBS declined comment on the negotiations.

Emmy Nods: PBS led the pack with 30 nominations for the 15th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, it was announced Monday. ABC was the top network, with 21 nods, while CBS followed with 20. TBS led cable networks with 16 nominations. The awards will be presented in New York on Sept. 8 in 28 categories including breaking news, investigative journalism, and cultural, historical and documentary programming.

Returning to Space: "Lost in Space" actress June Lockhart got an out-of-this-world feeling on Monday while talking to astronauts on the Columbia space shuttle. "I'm not lost in space anymore . . . I'm right here in Mission Control!" Lockhart said, squealing in delight and thrusting her arms into the air as she conversed with Shuttle Cmdr. Robert Cabana. Lockhart, 69, visited Mission Control in Houston after participating in a panel discussion marking the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. She played the mother of a space-wandering family in the 1960s TV series.


Weekly Computer Talk Show: If you've been missing out on TV's plethora of talk shows because of too many computer tasks, don't despair. Warner Bros. Records has announced plans for "Cyber-Talk," "an interactive talk show" in which various recording artists will converse with America Online users in a "digital auditorium." "Cyber Talk" will take place on Monday evenings at 6:30, starting July 25. Porno For Pyros frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell kicks off the first show. . . . Meanwhile, elsewhere in the cyber universe, the Rolling Stones have picked Delphi Internet Services as the "official online service" for the band's promotions, including Stones trivia contests, concert ticket giveaways and merchandising.


Revving Its Engine: Bergamot Station, a new arts complex under construction in Santa Monica, has scheduled its grand opening for Sept. 17. The 5.5-acre project, located on city transit property at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street, will include several art and photography galleries, a bookstore, a cafe and a dance studio. Meanwhile Tom Patchett, a TV comedy producer who collects contemporary art and American memorabilia, has become a partner of project developer Wayne Blank. Patchett originally planned to open a small gallery at Bergamot, but is now renovating an 11,000-square-foot building, to be called Track 16 Gallery. The building contains a large exhibition hall for thematic presentations of Patchett's "Americana" and smaller galleries for solo exhibitions of contemporary artists' work. "Wheels," a show of travel-related objects, and an exhibition of Burt Payne III's sculpture will launch Track 16's program.


Mancini Remembered: A jazz band consisting entirely of film and television composers played Henry Mancini's "Moon River," "Days of Wine and Roses" and "The Pink Panther" at a memorial service for the late composer on Sunday that was attended by 300 at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. Among those paying tribute to Mancini, who died on June 14 of cancer, were composers David Raksin and Irwin Kostal, and lyricists Arthur Hamilton and Alan Bergman. The event also included a film tribute to Mancini from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, as well as a reading of written tributes from director Blake Edwards, actress Julie Andrews, composer John Williams, lyricist Marilyn Bergman and others.


"Murphy Brown" creator Diane English will write her first feature film script for New Line Cinema's much-anticipated remake of "The Women," whose cast includes actresses Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. . . . Australian model Elle MacPherson will host "Hot Summer Nights," a new weekly series featuring water and beach sport competitions from Bermuda, starting July 25 on cable's ESPN.

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