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Posted Friday, Sept. 6

KCBS-TV cameraman dies in copter crash

Larry Greene, a cameraman for KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, for 24 years, was killed Friday when a U.S. Navy helicopter on which he was riding crashed in the North Arabian Gulf. Four sailors were injured. A military official said the helicopter, attached to the USS Mobile Bay, was hovering over a ship flying the Syrian flag to observe an interdiction operation when the rotor blade hit the ship’s mast.

“The entire KCBS family mourns the tragic passing of our beloved friend and colleague Larry Greene. Over the course of his 24 years with Channel 2, Larry established himself as one of the best and most-honored photojournalists in the business,” said KCBS General Manager Don Corsini. “In addition to being a consummate pro who loved taking on the tough assignments, Larry had a special gift for enlightening and frequently entertaining his colleagues.”

Mr. Greene is survived by a wife and two sons.

L.A. duopoly settles its lineup: The Los Angeles Fox duopoly of KTTV and KCOP-TV completed its fall lineup, with KTTV keeping its lineup virtually intact, while KCOP tinkers with its strategy. KTTV’s schedule will remain as is, with the exception of newcomer talk show “Rob Nelson” taking the 2 p.m. hour, shifting “Cops” back an hour followed by a block of “Home Improvement” at 4 p.m. and the off-net debut of “Dharma & Greg” at 5 p.m. and midnight.

Meanwhile, KCOP will put “Ricki Lake” in “Maury’s” 9 a.m. time period (shifting from its former noon home), while “Montel Williams” absorbs “Maury’s” second run on the station with an airing at 3 p.m.. KCOP newcomer “Cosby” is set to take the 11a.m. hour, followed by “A Different World,” “Jamie Foxx,” “Steve Harvey” and the off-net debut of “The Hughleys.” “That ’70s Show” has been handed the 6:30-to-7:30 slot for a double run for its debut Sept. 16.

Among relationship shows “Blind Date” will sandwich a run of “Ex-treme Dating” at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. “Shipmates” will run as an hour block at midnight. “Ex-treme Dating” was originally scheduled for a short test run but now appears to have an added order to the slow rollout.

NFL opener sets a high for ESPN: Opening the NFL season on Thursday night paid off for ESPN, whose coverage of the 49ers’ 16-13 defeat of the Giants ranks as the highest-rated telecast on the network in nearly three years and the eighth-highest-rated cablecast in history. Game coverage averaged a 9.4 rating, which translates into 8.149 million homes.

‘Crossing Over’ to WYNW: Universal Domestic Television’s syndicated strip “Crossing Over With John Edward” has found a new home in the nation’s largest market. The series, last season’s highest-rated new talk show, will shift from WCBS-TV, New York, to the Fox-owned WNYW-TV’s afternoon schedule beginning Sept. 16. The station will air two half-hour episodes of the series from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.