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    Milestones for 'Family-friendly' TV: Primetime

    NBC dramas "Chuck" and "The Bionic Woman" and the CW drama "Life Is Wild" are the upcoming primetime series that have earned the seal of approval from the Family Friendly Programming Forum, which is marking two milestones in the fall.

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    Unions Decry Decency Bill

    The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is challenging the constitutionality of new legislation in Congress that would increase broadcast performers' fines for indecency from $11,000 to $500,000. The Screen Actors Guild is also pushing for amendments to protect actors.

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    The Last Five Years

    "The Last Five Years," presented by and at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Nov. 20-Jan. 2. $27-$32. (888) 776-6278.

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    w, the president's in his underwear and a bathrobe, and it's creepy. Martin Sheen has stepped from Oval Office to CBS's Two and a Half Men, which stars his real-life son Charlie Sheen. Sheen père soon makes us forget any other of his roles. Dignity, respectability, humanity ...

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    ASCAP Web Adds Musicals

    ASCAP has added a website section exclusively devoted to the musical theatre genre. It includes announcements of upcoming workshops, theatre premieres, honors, awards, and other news relevant to musical theatre.

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    New Equity Contract Generates Cheaper Ads

    During the tense negotiations that led to the newly signed contract between Actors' Equity Association and the League of American Theatres and Producers, some of the more hotly contested issues were quite well known: higher wages and minimums, nonunion-tour proliferation, the need for producers to give more to the actors ...

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    Former Laker Rick Fox Lands Role on 'Dirt'

    Rick Fox may have given up basketball, but not the spotlight.

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    CHEAP SHOTS?

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    Free LA Screening: 'Holly'

    Attend a free screening ofHolly, a feature drama about child prostitution, plus a Q&A with director Guy Moshe.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative will not act on the Film and Television Action Committee's petition, which claims that Canadian production tax breaks unfairly cost American workers thousands of jobs. According to Daily Variety, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced Oct. 19 that the USTR ...