IT’S A GOOD MORNING AFTER: Now, we can all go back to work and ask, “What’s the latest box office and what’s the latest ratings?” instead of, “What’s the latest projection?” And, “Who’s running Paramount and Fox?” instead of, “Who’ll run the country?” And showbiz can wear a non-political mantle as it joins with a non-political president, George Bush, on a series of upcoming TV’ers. On Nov. 22 , at the White House, Barbara and George Bush are joined by Edward James Olmos, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney and Shannen Doherty, who host ABC’s “To Be Free: The National Literacy Honors” produced by Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion. One of the honorees is Baltimore’s Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who dramatically raised his city’s literacy standing. The Bushes also host NBC’s “Christmas in Washington” special for Smith-Hemion and producer George Stevens Jr. on Dec. 13. It’s the partners’ 11th outing. Julie Andrews, Neil Diamond, Peabo Bryson, the Soul Children’s Choir and U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club star. And on Dec. 6, the President and First Lady traditionally host the Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House prior to the show at the Kennedy Center. George Stevens Jr. and Don Mischer produce this show. This year’s honorees include Paul Newman, who was on the Richard Nixon “enemy list,” and Ginger Rogers and Lionel Hampton, staunch GOP supporters. Stevens reminds, “The Honors always remain above politix”… Glenn Close cast her vote in N.Y. yesterday ayem, then winged out to L.A. to host one of Mischer’s “Best of Disney Music” hours for CBS. Angela Lansbury will host another … Smith-Hemion are also producing the third annual “Disney Teachers’ Awards” for the Disney Channel … Joan Kennedy wings here from D.C. on the 28th to plug her book, “The Joy of Classical Music” (Doubleday). John Williams wrote the forward. Leonard Bernstein encouraged Kennedy to write the book … Thesp Breckin Meyer (18), first-time voter and national spokesperson for General Cinema’s straw vote poll, announced their final tally: Clinton, 40.1%, Bush, 34.7% and Perot 25.2%. Yes, but how many for Raisinettes?

THE U.S. PRESS CORPS IN MOSCOW stayed up all night in the Slavkanskaya hotel, where NBC satellited returns to ‘em, Mark Carliner reported to us yesterday afternoon. He was there in preparation of Saturday’s preem of his HBO “Stalin” movie. He sez the who’s who of Russian cultural elite and political corps will be on hand. Yeltsin? Gorbachev? When (if) they show, Carliner will know. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of tension about the Dec. 1 Congress of Peoples’ Delegation Convention and whether there’ll be a re-emergence of Stalinism. Thus, says Carliner, there’s mucho government support for the movie, which tells it (Stalin) like it is. “The Russians feel it would take another 20 years before they could deal with this subject (on film) as we did.” He wound shooting the movie Dec. 21, Stalin’s birthday, and on this return, Carliner notes the “first fruits of capitalism on the streets–Mercedes and Rollses, the ultimate expression of trickle-down economics.” Carliner says he’s “humongously grateful” to HBO’s Michael Fuchs who funded “Stalin” entirely ($ 10 million). They’re hoping for theatrical life outside the U.S. … Audrey Hepburn, cheery, sitting up yesterday afternoon in her Cedars-Sinai hospital room, was identifying all the hundreds of flowers sent to her–you recall she hosted “The Gardens of the World.” When Hepburn checked into the hospital, she thought she was being checked for an amoeba she’d picked up during her UNICEF tour in Somalia. Medics were confident they captured all of the “low-grade malignancy.”… Cynthia (Sikes) and Bud Yorkin welcomed daughter Jessica yesterday at St. John’s … Peter and Linda Starr welcomed son Benjamin at Tarzana Medical on Halloween.

A”SITCOMMERCIAL” titled “The Ringers,” produced/directed by Sam Denoff and Marc Sheffler, will be tested Nov. 8-18 by Bell Atlantic on four channels. It was produced by the Jordan McGrath Agency and its head of programming Lew Wechsler. A new era of TV? … And Bob Culp stars in Propaganda Films’ “Voyeur,” the first CD-Interactive movie, also a mystery, puzzle and game all in one … Yup, that was Jay Leno taping a seg yesterday at the “Car Wash of the Stars”–“the cleanest show in town”–at Santa Monica and Palm in West Hollywood … Milton Berle called to sadly tell us that Ben Lessy, a dear, gentle man of vodvil, stage, movies, passed away last Friday. Services at 10 ayem today at the Glen Haven Shalom Cemetery in San Fernando. … Al Hirt celebrates his 70th birthday Sunday at Steve Stonebreaker’s TJ Ribs eatery in Metairie, La. The guest list mixes his sports and music pals … Eddie Albert is saluted by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Nov. 20 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge … Cameron Douglas dined at N.Y.’s Planet Hollywood with his mom, Diandra, and grandparents Anne and Kirk … Connie Stevens, daughters Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher recorded “Every Day Should be Christmas” with producer Michael Lloyd for “The Christmas Album–A Gift of Life”–proceeds to children’s hospitals nationwide …

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