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Mrs. Spelling, whose husband died in 2006, sold the French-style house on 4.7 acres in the city’s exclusive Holmby Hills section for $85 million in July. The buyer was British heiress Petra Ecclestone, 22, daughter of sports entrepreneur Bernie Ecclestone.

The one-month escrow was part of the deal and not a TV stunt, said Spelling and the special’s executive producer, Stuart Krasner.

As Mrs. Spelling, her staff and movers scurry to pack up Spelling Manor (as the family dubbed the estate), viewers get a peek at some of its five kitchens and 27 bathrooms, as well as its bowling alley, arcade, silver storage and gift-wrap “specialty areas.”

“She’s Martha Stewart up there,” Mr. Krasner said of the space in which Mrs. Spelling would wrap close to 1,000 presents a year. “It’s her way of saying I didn’t assign this to somebody. The generosity was important to me to show.”

Besides the furniture and artwork occupying Southern California’s largest house, Mrs. Spelling also had to evaluate her varied collections for donation, sale or storage.

“Only when I started moving did I start to think I have tendencies to be a hoarder,” Mrs. Spelling said good-naturedly. “I’m an archivist. That makes it sound a little better, doesn’t it?”

Stern named judge of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’

Howard Stern will be joining the judges’ panel on “America’s Got Talent,” and the NBC summer talent show will uproot itself from Los Angeles to accommodate the New York-based shock jock, the network said Thursday.

NBC confirmed weeks-old rumors of Mr. Stern’s selection to join fellow “Talent” judges Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne. Nick Cannon remains host.

Mr. Stern, whose daily radio show airs on Sirius XM, is replacing Piers Morgan, who departed “Talent” after last season to free up his busy schedule. Last winter, Mr. Morgan launched a weeknight interview program on CNN.

“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America’s Got Talent’ starting this summer,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming. “He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable.”

The show bills itself as TV’s only talent competition show that is open to any age and any talent. Auditions for the seventh season began in October in major cities around the country. But now, with Mr. Stern aboard, production of the live broadcast of the show will relocate to New York.

Mr. Stern, who in 2005 took his long-running syndicated show from terrestrial radio to Sirius XM, signed a new five-year contract with the satellite-radio company a year ago after months of stormy negotiations.

‘M*A*S*H’ eatery exec charged with theft

The grandson of the founder of an Ohio hot dog diner made famous on TV’s “M*A*S*H” has been charged with stealing from the family business.

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