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February 01, 1997|SHAUNA SNOW

TELEVISION

Harboring No Grudges: ABC's "PrimeTime Live" will have members of the same jury that voted against the show appear as part of its Feb. 12 program. Last week, the North Carolina jury ordered ABC to pay $5.5 million to Food Lion supermarkets because of undercover reporting methods used for a 1992 story about sanitary conditions in the stores. The newsmagazine will ask former jurors "to look at some of the methods that 'PrimeTime' uses in its investigations and to offer their opinions on hidden cameras, news gathering methods used by the media in the search for truth and where they think the press should draw the line."

She Won't Always Pay: "The Oprah Winfrey Show," responding to union questions about its payment policies, said Friday that it "does not pay guests to tell their stories" but does "pay guests who are performers." The show's statement was in response to a report in which the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' executive director said the show's contract calls for it to pay all celebrity guests. AFTRA had been responding to what was reportedly a query from Shirley Jones' husband, Marty Ingels, who the paper said had been upset upon learning that Jones would not be paid for appearing on Winfrey's show. AFTRA's Bruce York had told the Hollywood Reporter that the union would "file a grievance and go to arbitration" if Winfrey's show did not pay its guests, as other talk shows do. However, the talk show stood by its policy Friday as being "in accordance with our AFTRA contract." An AFTRA executive said Friday that the union was investigating whether the contract's terms had been met.

He Didn't Write This Speech: Former Clinton advisor-turned-tabloid subject Dick Morris is lined up as a guest Tuesday night on ABC's post-"State of the Union" address edition of "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher." Also on the panel that will rehash President Clinton's speech is documentarian Michael Moore. The special airs live on the East Coast immediately after the address but here will be on at 9:30 p.m., after "Home Improvement." Two panelists are still to be named. . . . First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton guests Monday on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

RADIO

Hasta La Vista: The final word on the adult contemporary-to-Spanish language programming switch at radio station KSCA-FM (101.9): Current programming will go off the air at midnight Tuesday, with all on-air staff, including those no longer with the station, expected to be on hand Monday for farewells. Then at roughly 6 p.m. Wednesday, KSCA will start back up with what new General Manager Richard Heftel, who also oversees KLVE-FM (107.5) and KTNQ-AM (1020), calls "Mexican regional" programming, "somewhat" like that played on KLAX-FM (97.9).

MOVIES

Change of Venue: After apparently losing a similar court battle in Mexico, the nephew of late actor Mario Moreno Reyes--known to his fans as Cantinflas--has sued Columbia Pictures and the executor of the actor's estate seeking control of his uncle's films and an escrow account. Eduardo Moreno Laparade, now the vice president of the Mario Moreno Reyes Foundation in Mexico City, claims in his Los Angeles federal court lawsuit that he was given rights to the 39 films after Cantinflas' 1993 death by Reyes' sole heir, Mario Moreno Ivanova, as a reward for spending nearly two decades as Reyes' advisor. A Columbia official said the company does not comment on matters under litigation.

ART

Tiny Treasure: The L.A. County Museum of Art's new acquisition, Michael Sweerts' "Plague in an Ancient City," wasn't the only purchase made at Sotheby's New York auction house Thursday. Also of note was a painting billed as "the world's smallest Rembrandt"--a 4 1/2-inch-by-2 1/2-inch portrait of an old man that sold to an unidentified European collector for a whopping $2.9 million. Auctioneers said that, per square inch, the 1633 portrait could be the most expensive painting ever sold. For more about the LACMA purchase, see story, F6.

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