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Let's dip once again into the decreasingly voluminous vidbit file. (This is not a busy time of year in terms of TV.)

And, as usual, your local television editor just can't resist making snide . . . er, editorial comments.- "Saturday Night Live" star Dana Carvey is rumored to be at the top of NBC's list of replacements should David Letterman defect to another network.

Well, he may or may not replace Letterman - but he's definitely replacing Arsenio Hall.

MTV announced that Carvey will host the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 9, after several years with Hall behind the podium.

Oh, but Arsenio gave the show that special touch of incredible arrogance that is uniquely his.

- The following is a true story:

"Young and the Restless" star Kristoff St. John, who won a Daytime Emmy on Tuesday as Outstanding Younger Actor, appeared on "CBS This Morning" - and he brought along his Emmy statue.

After being interviewed by Paula Zahn (and off the air), the still exuberant St. John twirled his Emmy around and managed to stab himself in the behind with the sharp little wings on the statue.

He not only ripped his pants but drew blood, necessitating some backstage first-aid.

How actors suffer for their art.

- NBC has announced a new set of anchors for the weekend editions of the "Today" show.

Scott Simon, 40, is the host of National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition." And Jackie Nespral, 26, is anchor of a Spanish language newscast on the Univision Network.

The current anchors of "Sunday Today" are out. Mary Alice Williams, who is pregnant with twins, begins a doctor-ordered maternity leave in August. And Garrick Utley wasn't interested in hosting on Saturday mornings.

Simon and Nespral take over on Aug. 1, with the debut of "Saturday Today."

Any team that doesn't feature Bryant Gumbel is fine with me.

- Wednesday marked Mary Hart's 10th anniversary with "Entertainment Tonight." She began as a reporter in 1982, soon moving up to the post of co-anchor.

Who says there's no longevity in perkiness?

- Now here's a big surprise. NBC has announced that it will adapt the hot-selling, scandalous new biography of Princess Diana into a miniseries.

"Diana: Her True Story" is tentatively scheduled to air during the May 1993 sweeps period.

And that's not all NBC has in store for you Windsor Watchers. The network is also planning a two-hour movie about the marriage and separation of the Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson.

The working title is "The Royal Divorce," and NBC says it will air sometime this fall.

Well, these sound like tawdry little National Enquirer-type spectacles. Which just about guarantees a huge viewing audience.

- Another less-than-big surprise - word is that Amanda Donahoe, who played bisexual lawyer C.J. Lamb, and Cecil Hoffman, who plays gunned-down prosecutor Zoey Clemmons, are being dropped from the cast of "L.A. Law" this coming season.

The loss of C.J. is no great loss, but why can't Zoey recover and remain a part of this legal sudser?

- PBS has recently been running an excellent three-part series about religious fundamentalism titled "The Power & the Glory."

Now cable's A&E has announced that its own nine-part series titled "The Power and the Glory" - a "comprehensive series on the history of motor racing."

We'll all have to try hard not to confuse these two in our minds.

- According to the June 23 edition of "Pressing Issues," the trade publication of the Utah Press Association, "A Current Affair" reporter Mike Watkiss said that Utah "ranks among the top states in generating material for tabloid television."

Gee, you don't think that might have anything to do with the fact that Watkiss, a former KTVX reporter, keeps swooping in here to dredge up alleged stories in his best sleazy, tabloid style, do you?