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March 01, 1995|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

TELEVISION

Colorful Sci-Fi: Science-fiction fans get ready. CST Featurization Inc., the same company involved in the controversial colorization of the current feature film "Federal Hill," has announced plans to colorize, update and condense several campy '50s and '60s sci-fi features for a four-part science-fiction anthology series scheduled to air this summer on NBC. Among the featured films, which will be shortened to a half-hour each, are "Killers From Space," starring Peter Graves (1954), and Roger Corman's "Wasp Woman" (1960). A CST executive noted that the company has "over 16 million colors available for each of these episodes to create a surrealistic look."

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'House' Foreclosed: Longtime ABC staple "Full House" soon will be without a home on the network's schedule. The family comedy is coming to an end after eight seasons, basically because it has become too costly to produce, according to network officials. However, the show, which continues to do well in the ratings--currently ranking 25th of 124 network prime-time series--may wind up on another network, ABC officials said. The Tuesday night comedy stars Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier as three men raising a brood of kids, and made stars of young twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

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Danza Redux: Tony Danza, from the former hits "Who's the Boss?" and "Taxi," is preparing to return to ABC in a situation comedy in which he would play a divorced police officer sharing custody of his son with his ex-wife. The pilot for the untitled show will be filmed next month.

POP/ROCK

Lovett Injured: Musician Lyle Lovett was to sit out Tuesday night's scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show" after he broke a collarbone in a weekend motorcycle accident. Lovett has also postponed three concerts in Canada, through March 9. Lovett's label, MCA Records, said Tuesday it had no details about Lovett's condition or the accident.

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Remembering Mary Wells: Friends of the late R&B singer Mary Wells have embarked on a campaign to raise $5 million to name a new wing of the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Motown star, who died of throat cancer in 1992. Once $2 million is raised, the wing will be named the Mary Wells Radiation Oncology Center, according to Joyce Moore, wife of Sam Moore of Sam & Dave fame. The first fund-raising event was held Tuesday at Universal CityWalk's B.B. King's Blues Club.

PEOPLE WATCH

Jury Entertainment: The O.J. Simpson jurors took a break from high tragedy and had a taste of Moliere this past weekend. Producer and attorney Monica Malek-Yonan arranged to bring her production of "The Imaginary Invalid" into the courtroom (not Judge Lance Ito's, but one across the hall), where the jurors gave a standing ovation to the play about a hypochondriac and the quack doctors who exploit him. The producer says that the 300-year-old play was "safe" from any embarrassing or uncomfortable references to current events. Malek-Yonan acknowledged, however, that the jurors did laugh at a line about attorneys always doing things by the book, directed at a character who is a notary-attorney and "a sort of a weasel."

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Fighting for Animal Rights: Grammy nominee Kenny Loggins, Graham Nash and actress Laura Dern will join the groups Endangered Species Project and Tiger Balm/Prince of Peace at Los Angeles' Hard Rock Cafe today to protest the illegal sale of bones, skins and other tiger products by Los Angeles merchants. The 8 a.m. event will be followed by a live, one-hour concert to be aired on KLOS-FM's (95.5) "Mark & Brian Show" as part of a pledge drive for the Endangered Species Project. . . . Meanwhile, actress Kim Basinger has joined a fight to make New Hampshire the first state to ban the use of lions, tigers, elephants and other "exotic" animals in circuses. "Animals that are exploited in entertainment have no voice to protest their conditions," Basinger wrote to state lawmakers sponsoring the bill.

QUICK TAKES

"Homicide: Life on the Street" star Daniel Baldwin proposed to his "Homicide" co-star, Isabella Hofmann, on Monday's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." Viewers had to wait till the end of the show for Hofmann's answer, but the couple finished the program in their bathrobes, saying the answer was a "yes." . . . Saturday's premiere of HBO Pictures' thriller "Citizen X," starring Stephen Rea and Donald Sutherland, beat out all four networks among homes with HBO. Among those homes, HBO attracted about 24% of the available audience, compared to Fox with 12%, CBS with 11%, NBC with 10% and ABC with 9%.

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