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Albert begins TV rehab with King, Letterman

Marv Albert is beginning his anticipated effort to get back on television. The former NBC sportscaster who was spared a jail sentence last week after pleading guilty to assault and battery will appear with CNN's Larry King on Nov. 11 and Late Show with David Letterman on CBS the following night. Albert has been on Letterman's show more than 100 times through the years but hasn't been on since the charges were brought against him. Letterman also has refrained from joking about him. Lurid allegations about Albert's sex life led the 56-year-old sportscaster to cut short his trial and plead guilty. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a forcible sodomy charge.

"Tampa Bay Life' will

continue with new host

Once upon a time, every local TV station had its own "urban affairs" show, long seen as a way to feature community groups _ especially those representing minority residents _ while fulfilling FCC requirements for diversity and local content. Though some have disappeared from area stations in recent years, officials at WTSP-Ch. 10 say their Tampa Bay Life show will continue (at 8:30 a.m. Sundays), despite host Julie Williamson's decision to leave the CBS affiliate for a job with the Devil Rays baseball team. "The show will continue, (featuring) talent from the station," says WTSP president and general manager Steve Mauldin, though he couldn't name who might take over as host.

Woman will speak out

about Polanski incident

The woman movie director Roman Polanski was charged with having sex with when she was 13 has been lured into the spotlight by Inside Edition. Samantha Geimer, 34, speaks out about her experience in a two-part interview to air early next month. (Locally, Inside Edition airs on WFLA-Ch. 8 at 7 p.m.) Polanski, 64, fled the United States in the 1970s to escape punishment after he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Polanski, director of Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby and Tess, was accused of drugging and raping Geimer, whom he had contracted to photograph for a French fashion magazine.

In other news . . .

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward couldn't decide Tuesday on a winner of a national contest for dishes using a Newman's Own food product, so they awarded two grand prizes worth $50,000 each. Said Woodward: "Like everything else in life, we've never chosen the same thing, so this is going to be impossible." Winners, announced at the Big Apple's Rainbow Room, were Towering Inferno Creole Posole (his fave) by Alexandria Sanchez of Albuquerque, N.M., and Florida's Own Frankly Fantastic Seafood Gumbo (hers) by Jackie Gay of Carrabelle.

What's Tanya Tucker's dream night out? "If I could go to any concert, it would be Elvis!" Tucker says in a Q&A with readers of the Arizona Republic. "And I would love to spend an evening with Jesus." Tucker, whose hits include Delta Dawn and Love Me Like You Used To, was in Phoenix for a performance Thursday.

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi grew to hate how huge his band had become by the summer of 1990, he says in Sunday's Parade. "I call it the "gray summer of drinking and whining.' I wasn't in the gutter, but I was close."

_ Compiled from staff and wire reports.