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February 07, 1996|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

One Gag Too Many?: David Letterman may not be laughing about this one. A tennis fan who Letterman turned into a running gag on his "Late Show" has sued the comedian for ridiculing her by repeatedly airing CBS footage of her at the U.S. Open tennis tournament with peach juice running down her chin. Letterman showed the footage of 54-year-old Jane Bronstein at least a half-dozen times between Sept. 5 and Sept. 20, and also started a nationwide search for Bronstein, putting her picture on the Sony Jumbotron electronic billboard in Times Square. In a Top 10 list, Letterman referred to Bronstein--a heavyset woman--as a "seductive temptress." The lawsuit, filed in Stamford Superior Court near Letterman's suburban Connecticut home, claims Letterman and his Worldwide Pants Inc. production company violated her right to privacy. Bronstein, a professional bridge player, says she suffered mental and physical pain and suffering because of the ridicule. A spokesman for Worldwide Pants called the suit "completely unwarranted."

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Fox, CBS Set Kids' Schedules: The Fox network will move its top-rated children's program, "Goosebumps," from weekdays to Saturday mornings this fall, while moving "Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?" and "Eek!stravaganza" from Saturdays to weekdays. Fox will also add two new animated series to its fall Saturday schedule: "Casper" (the show actually premieres Feb. 24) and "C-Bear and Jamal," executive produced by rapper Tone Loc. And new on the Fox weekday kids slate will be "Big Bad Beetleborgs," from the producers of "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." Meanwhile, CBS will add three new children's series to its Saturday morning schedule: "Bailey Kipper's P.O.V.," about an 11-year-old boy who invents an anything-goes video diary, from the producer of "Beakman's World"; "Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House," a kids' game show where two competing teams are challenged by the Cryptkeeper; and the animated series "Project G.eeK.er," about a nerdy, high-tech, man-made action hero.

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More Kelly Tributes: Among those paying tribute to the late Gene Kelly this weekend will be cable's American Movie Classics, which will repeat a "Reflections on the Silver Screen" interview from 1994 on Friday at 4:30 p.m. On cable's A&E, meanwhile, a new episode of "Biography: This Week" will profile Kelly on Saturday at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. On broadcast TV, KCET will air Kelly's classic 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain" on Saturday at 9 p.m. in a telecast that was scheduled before the entertainer's death last Friday. In other Kelly news, auctioneer Butterfield & Butterfield said Tuesday that it would offer some of the late entertainer's film costumes and memorabilia--including a hat from "The Good Old Summertime"--at its Feb. 25-27 Entertainment Memorabilia and Vintage Hollywood Posters sale.

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Returning to Southland Radio?: President Clinton, who declared himself the "Comeback Kid" after his New Hampshire primary victory four years ago, may be staging a comeback of another sort on Los Angeles radio. KPCC-FM (89.3) general manager Rod Foster says it's "very likely" that his Pasadena-based station will pick up Clinton's weekly six-minute Saturday morning radio address and the GOP response, which KUSC-FM (91.5) dropped last month. Foster expects to announce the broadcast as soon as a schedule is worked out, but noted that KPCC will not carry the 7:06 a.m. address live.

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