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Conversation with Nixon to air in May

A 90-minute conversation with former President Richard M. Nixon will air on PBS May 4. The interviews for Richard Nixon Reflects were conducted last week at Nixon's home in Saddle River, N.J., and at his nearby office in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., by New Republic senior editor Morton Kondracke.

In his first extended TV interview in several years, Nixon discusses the changes in Europe, domestic politics, China, the media _ and Watergate.

The program, which is currently scheduled to air at 9 p.m. May 4, was produced by the Blackwell Corp. here in association with South Carolina Educational Television.

Spring housecleaning, which begins at the networks early in November each year, gets really serious right after the February ratings sweeps results are in.

But already, the culling cards are out for some of the weaker entries.

NBC, which has very few really weak entries, is going to give 227 a rest starting Saturday, March 3, moving the longtime Monday night favorite ALF into that 8 p.m. timeslot for a while.

The restless My Two Dads, which has been all over the schedule for NBC, will replace ALF for a while in the 8 p.m. Monday slot.

NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff promises that as many as a dozen series (some of them returning, of course) will get tryouts over the next two months.

And down the pike at CBS, they're pulling Doctor, Doctor from the Monday lineup after Monday's telecast and will replace it on March 5 with His & Hers, a sitcom starring Martin Mull and Stephanie Faracy as husband and wife marriage counselors.

CBS has ordered three more episodes of Doctor, Doctor to go with four original shows already on the shelf, so it's probably not dead, yet.

CBS News management continues to take it on the chin for the suspension of 60 Minutes humorist Andy Rooney.

Through last week, the network had registered 4,716 phone calls supporting Rooney _ who received a three-month suspension without pay for allegedly homophobic and racist remarks (he denies making the latter) _ and just 65 calls supporting the ban.

And the syndicated Inside Edition show conducted one of those 900 number phone polls (which cost callers 50 cents) and reported 129,000 calls supporting Rooney, with 8,000 against.

Stepfanie Kramer announced she's going to leave NBC's Hunter when the season winds up this spring.

Apparently six years of hard work on the Saturday night fixture and the prospect of a chance for Kramer to "expand creatively" proved to be too much for Sgt. Dee Dee McCall.

Incidentally, we're supposed to finally get confirmation this Saturday that Dee Dee and Hunter (Fred Dryer) once had a "relationship."

There's talk that Norman Lear has a late night show in the works for CBS Entertainment (sorry, Pat).

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