‘Morning’ Is Broken: After O.J. Simpson’s preliminary hearing is over, KTLA Channel 5 will replace “The Morning Show” with reruns of “Happy Days” and “Gidget” until further notice. KTLA management announced quietly to staff last week that July 4 would be “The Morning Show’s” final broadcast. The local talk program, produced by KTLA and hosted by Barbara Beck, Mark Kriski and Sam Rubin, has improved the station’s ratings three-fold in the 9-10 a.m. time slot since its premiere last September. But KTLA devised the program to cash in on the thriving syndication market, and no other stations were interested in buying it. KTLA plans to try for syndication again, however, with a 9 a.m. program now in development featuring KTLA’s flip morning news team.
* Late-Night Clash: The Fox comedy show “Culture Clash” moves to a new time slot tonight at midnight on KTTV Channel 11. The series featuring Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza will follow repeats of “Tales of the Crypt,” which programmers thought would serve as a solid lead-in for “Clash,” which attracts a young audience.
As If We Never Said Goodby: Faye Dunaway has hired attorney Pierce O’Donnell of the Century City law firm Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler to handle her lawsuit against “Sunset Boulevard” producer-composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who sent the actress packing before she was due to open at the Shubert Theatre. O’Donnell is best known in entertainment circles as the counsel for columnist Art Buchwald in his protracted suit against Paramount. Meanwhile, Dunaway also has parted ways with longtime manager Bob Palmer, who has served as her spokesman in the “Boulevard” brouhaha until now. “Effective immediately, I’ve resigned as her manager, and I’ll have no comment on that decision,” he told The Times.
* More Faye: “Forbidden Broadway 1994,” the wicked, long-running musical satire of Broadway (and some L.A.) shows at the Tiffany Theatre in West Hollywood, has duly taken note of Dunaway’s abrupt dismissal from “Sunset Boulevard” and the show’s equally abrupt closure. Producer John Freedson says the altered version of the play’s “Sunset” spoof gives Dunaway “the chance to take the kind of revenge on Sir Lloyd Webber she could only dream about in real life.”
* In ‘Fashion’: “Fashion” will replace “Sophisticated Ladies” as the first musical of the next Alex Theatre season, July 23-Aug. 7. An Off Broadway show in the ‘70s, “Fashion” presents a play within a play, depicting a group of contemporary society women offering a musical version of Anna Cora Mowatt’s 1845 play “Fashion: or Life in New York.” The writer of the musical’s book, Anthony Stimac, has changed the show’s modern framework from New York to Beverly Hills. Among the cast members are former “Phantom of the Opera” star Dale Kristien, Anastasia Barzee (“Sunset Boulevard”), Lorna Patterson, Marcia Wallace and Mary Jo Catlett of the original ‘70s cast.
* No Fair: ART/LA, Los Angeles’ annual international art fair, will not be held this year because of the depressed art market, according to fair organizers Andry Montgomery California Inc. “Recession in the market worldwide, not just in California, has been taking its toll,” fair director Brian Angel said. “As a private organizing company which operates without subsidy or financial assistance, we have reluctantly called a halt this year to repeated operating losses. This is a market sector where as many as half the art galleries have closed in the last few years while the focus of international art dealing has moved on to other areas, at least for the time being.” The fair, which began in 1986, attracted an average of 22,000 visitors to the Los Angeles Convention Center. An advisory board will review options for reviving the fair as the market improves, perhaps in a new format and location, Angel said.
* Leaving Broadway Behind: “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s epic play about politics, religion, homosexuality and AIDS, is expected to end its Broadway run sometime after Labor Day, its producer says. A road company begins a six-month Chicago run in September, which will be followed by a yearlong national tour.
What’s in a Name?: Roseanne Arnold, who has called it quits with husband Tom Arnold, wants to drop her last name. The sitcom star asked the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences this week that any mention of her in the July 21 Emmy nominations refer to her simply as Roseanne. The academy will honor her request, an academy spokesman said Friday.
* Kickin’ It: Their World Cup participation may be over, but four members of the U.S. soccer team have signed on to take the field again for “Rocker Soccer,” an exhibition match today at East L.A. College that will benefit the T.J. Martel Foundation and its research on leukemia, cancer and AIDS. U.S. players Alexi Lalas, Tony Meola, Cobi Jones and Paul Caligiuri will play in the contest starting at 5 p.m., which will be followed by a jam session with rockers including Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy of the Cult, Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and rapper Tone Loc. Hakeem Olajuwon of the world champion Houston Rockets and NHL hockey star Pavel Bure are other participants.