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Turner Network Television will follow up its hit original film Door to Door with a second Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation, this one starring Emmy-winning actor Mary Tyler Moore.

The film's working is Miss Lettie and Me. It's the story of a 9-year-old girl named Travis who wins the heart of her aunt, played by Moore.

Miss Lettie and Me is based on the short story Poor Little Innocent Lamb by Katherine Paterson. Ian Barry will direct. The two-hour film is scheduled to air on TNT in December.

NBC promo alert: ABC's brainiac George Stephanopoulos is hooked on Will & Grace.

"My wife (actor Alexandra Wentworth) got me into it," says Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton adviser and Rhodes scholar who will take over as anchor of ABC's This Week on Sept. 15. "It makes me laugh every time. It's wacky. My day job isn't so wacky all the time, so it's a good release."

His favorite character: Grace's boozed-out, sex-starved assistant, Karen (Megan Mullally). "I never know what she's going to say."

The diminutive Stephanopoulos ("With my hair, I can get up to 5-7") says he copes with the pressure of his high-profile new gig by remembering Conan O'Brien's first week as host of NBC's Late Night.

"It's a famous disaster. Three years later, the guy's a huge success," Stephanopoulos says. "He's so talented, so comfortable, so skilled. I tell myself, "Don't worry too much about the beginning. You'll work it out.' "

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa may have new competition.

The syndication company King World has produced a pilot for a daytime talk show with Wentworth and former ABC correspondent Jack Ford. The pilot was shot Wednesday in New York and will be shopped to stations for fall of 2003.

_ Times wires

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