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TV ACADEMY HONORS BARKER, CARNEY, COURIC AND RATHER.

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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has named Bob Barker, Art Carney, Katie Couric, Dan Rather and the late Brandon Tartikoff as the next inductees into its Hall of Fame.

Barker, 79, is being recognized for his 32 years as host of ``The Price Is Right,'' the longest-running game show in television history. Carney, 85, is best-known as Jackie Gleason's sidekick, Ed Norton, on ``The Honeymooners,'' for which he won five of his seven Emmys.

At 46, Couric is among the hall's youngest inductees. Co-host of ``Today'' since 1991, Couric has earned six Emmy Awards and a Peabody award in 2001 for her series on colon cancer. Rather, who turns 72 on Friday, has been anchor and managing editor of the ``CBS Evening News.''

Tartikoff, who died in 1997 at 48, was the boy-wonder programming executive credited with transforming NBC into a prime-time powerhouse in the 1980s with such hits as ``Hill Street Blues,'' ``Cheers,'' ``L.A. Law'' and ``The Cosby Show.''

The awards, decided by a special committee of the academy, will be presented in February.

WALLACE SEES BALANCE, NOT BIAS: Chris Wallace says he has seen no evidence that Fox News Channel carries a right-wing bias and decided to leave ABC News because of the ``excitement and energy'' he saw emanating from the cable network.

Wallace, whose ABC contract is expiring, will join Fox News on Nov. 16 as host of ``Fox News Sunday,'' its version of Sunday-morning news shows like NBC News' ``Meet the Press.'' He replaces Tony Snow, who will host a radio show that Fox will syndicate. Wallace will finish one final piece for ABC's ``Primetime Thursday'' before joining Fox News.

CBS EXTENDS 5 NEW SERIES: CBS has given full-season orders to five of its six freshman series, including ``Cold Case,'' the season's most-watched new drama, and ``Joan of Arcadia,'' which has helped revive the network's fortunes on Friday nights. CBS also handed good news to another Friday one-hour, the crime drama ``The Handler,'' starring Joe Pantoliano.

Also on the list is ``Two and a Half Men,'' the network's sole new sitcom. ``Navy NCIS'' likewise received a welcome verdict.

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