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Newsman Forrest Sawyer is on the mend following a bout with malaria, his spokesman confirms. Sawyer had been under the weather since returning from a January assignment in Vietnam, trudging along and trying to cope with a lingering flu-like bug but only seeming to get worse. When he couldn't shake it after several weeks, he decided to check himself into a Manhattan hospital for further diagnosis, and that's when they finally caught on. He's doing much better now that he's receiving proper treatment, and it's not expected to have any long term effect. Sawyer was in Vietnam for a "Day One" report on a reunion of U.S. and Vietnam veterans.

Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless have decided to reprise the roles that put them on the television map. Chris Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, the detective team that dazzled TV audiences during the 1980s, will return for a series of telefilms based on their old series for their old network. The women are scheduled to go before the cameras in April for the first in a series of productions that will find the duo meeting up following more than a decade in retirement. John Karlen, who played Mary Beth's husband in the original series, also has signed on.

The unsung ratings hero of the Olympic Games, it turns out, was not an athlete after all. It was Dave Letterman's mom, whose reports from Lillehammer, Norway, aired as part of The Late Show With David Letterman, were viewed in nearly 9-million homes each night. That rating pulled in by the show topped Letterman's premiere-week Nielsen numbers, which were the best he had achieved to date. No one is saying that Dave's mom necessarily was the catalyst for the rating's rise _ high viewing levels for CBS during primetime probably helped _ but no one is saying it wasn't.

Akira "Leo" Yoshimura, production designer of NBC's late-night talk show Later with Greg Kinnear, says the inspiration for the art-deco, classic Hollywood set came from the architecture of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Yoshimura's design consists of two separate sections, one of which is used during host Kinnear's opening "videologue," and the other for his guest interview.

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