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KSL AND NBC CLOSE TO AFFILIATION PACT

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From all indications, it won't be long until KSL-Ch. 5 officially becomes an NBC affiliate.

"We haven't got a deal yet. But things are progressing very well," said KSL vice president and general manager Al Henderson.After more than four decades as a CBS affiliate, KSL recently found itself the odd man out when a five-station, four-city deal between that network and NBC was announced that will turn longtime NBC affiliate KUTV-Ch. 2 over to CBS sometime early next year. But representatives of KSL and NBC began talking even before that deal was announced.

Representatives of NBC were in town last week for two days of meetings, and officials from the network and KSL held long teleconferences yesterday and today. And Henderson characterizes the talks at "very favorable, very positive."

What remains to be worked out is some of the language in the affiliation agreement, but that could come quickly.

"We may have an announcement in the next week or so," Henderson said.

ABC CHANGES: ABC is dropping one show, adding another and moving two more to new time slots.

Unfortunately, "My So-Called Life" will end its 19-episode run on Jan. 19 - but the network insists it will "strongly consider" bringing this high-quality, low-rated drama back next season.

The new drama "The Marshall" will be previewed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 9 p.m. before moving to its regular time slot of Saturday at 9 p.m. on Feb. 4.

"The Commish" moves from Saturdays at 9 p.m. to Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2. Also on that night, "Matlock" falls back an hour to 7 p.m. - the current time slot of "My So-Called Life."