Terry Wood will be returning to Utah and KUTV a bit earlier than expected.

The once-and-future KUTV anchorman has been released from his contract, which ran through the end of the year, by his New Orleans employers. He'll be reporting back to Ch. 2 early in October, with plans to put him back on the air "in mid- to late October, with luck," said Dan Webster, KUTV news director.Exactly which newscasts Wood, who's currently vacationing at Lake Powell, will anchor has not been determined. Webster said Wood will definitely be on at 10 p.m., but no decision has been made on whether he'll also be on at 5 p.m. or at 6 p.m.

NEW L.A. LAWYER: There about to be an addition to the firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney, Kuzack & Becker.

British actress Amanda Donohoe will join the firm and "L.A. Law" as a regular on the fourth episode. She'll play Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb, a "crackerjack attorney" who "initially outmaneuvers the attorneys at the law firm . . . raising the stakes in a simple case and running circles around her opponents."

Another cast member will be added sometime later in the season, but no details on that are available.

No premiere date has been announced for "L.A. Law" yet, but expect to see new episodes in late October. They're holding back so they can run consecutive first-run episodes when the show does return, a novel idea for a program that all too often interrupts its story flow with reruns.

NEW CALLER: Lisa Eilbacher will join the cast of "Midnight Caller" as new radio-station manager Nicky Molloy. She'll clash with Jack Killian (Gary Cole) when the ownership of the station changes hands.

Eilbacher will debut in the fifth episode, following Wendy Kilbourne's departure. Kilbourne is leaving the series because she's expecting a baby in November.

NEW JUMPER: "21 Jump Street," which was canceled by Fox but will soon return with new syndicated episodes, has also announced a cast replacement.

Michael Bendetti has been cast as officer Anthony "Mac" McCann. He's replacing Johnny Depp, who quit the series.

Bendetti is quoted as saying, "I've always wanted to do `Jump Street' because it's such a hip show."

Hey man, don't we all wish we could be on a hip show?