GOOD MORNING: Cable up — and get interactive. No TV cameras will be permitted at the trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez, charged with the murders of their father, Live Entertainment chief exec Jose Menendez, and mother, Kitty. So , Dominick Dunne, here to cover the doings for Vanity Fair, will give a daily recap on cable’s Court TV. He ditto’d on the cameras-barred case of William Kennedy Smith for “Good Morning America.” The Menendez case finale will permit several vidshows to get their final greenlights. Tabloid shows have already given it their all … While here, Dunne meets with David Brown, also out from N.Y. — he’ll feature-film Dunne’s “A Season in Purgatory” (Random House) … The impact of cable’s QVC shopping show was apparent to Milton Berle, who intro’d his “Texaco Star Theater’s Biggest Laughs”cassette and within 18 minutes , Berle told me, $ 200,000 in sales was racked up. And he sez they expect to sell $ 70 million (!) from the 800 phone number announced for the Direct to Retail cassette. “I used to be called ‘Mr. Television,’ ” Berle said modestly, “now it’s ‘Mr. Video.’ ” And if he wasn’t busy enough, Miltie’s penned a “Matlock” script with Stephen Lord in which Berle plays a straight dramatic role … As for interactivity: Amy Dolenz and Soleil Moon Frye, starring in “Pumpkinhead II” for Motion Picture Corp. of America, will shoot extra scenes at Bruce Austin Prods. — for scenes that are part of an interactive videogame to be released same time as the movie. In the game, players can manipulate the stars’ actions in the storyline … Aaron Spelling’s 1963-66 ABC series “Burke’s Law” is being piloted for CBS. Gene Barry again stars as the millionaire, Rolls Royced chief of detectives. He’ll be his usual sartorial self with Rick Pallack suiting him up. In the new series, “Burke” will be joined by a son (not yet cast). Spelling’s returning to his tried and true formula of guestars as he did in “Love Boat,””Hotel” and “Fantasy Island.”
NEW YORK EMMY NOMINEES AND VOTERS will again be able to attend a black-tie viewing party (Sept. 19) at the Russian Tea Room. The telecast emanates for the 16th time from the Pasadena Civic. Producer Don Mischer starts full-time preparations Monday in advance of the nomination announcements July 22 … After a two-year campaign by Todd Hoffman, the Dead End Kids get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — at the “dead end” of the Walk’s new addition, winding up on the south side of Hollywood Blvd. and La Brea. “Kids” Huntz Hall and Bernard Punsley will be on hand. And starring on the north side, ending with a “Z” is Efrem Zimbalist Jr. … B’anca, who portrays Dinah Washington in “Sang Sista’ Sang” at the El Rey, was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy Tuesday p.m. Her understudy and sister, Robin Williams, took over in the Mickey Stevenson-Smokey Robinson musical … Sylvie Drake, L.A. Times legit critic, departs at year’s end for Denver’s Center for the Performing Arts to be the head of media relations and publications and artistic associate for special projects with the Denver Center Theater Company … Michael Sutton joins the cast of “General Hospital” as Antonio Sabato’s younger brother, Stone. The first time Sutton’s name appeared in print was in this column — announcing his birth (to Patti and Joe Sutton) … DIC pub head Richard Lewis’ phone number got into the celeb contact list and he’s getting thesp Richard Lewis’ calls — and party invites as well. And — they know each other — dating back to their school days in New Jersey … Perry King joins Lorimar’s “The Trouble With Harry” CBSeries with Bronson Pinchot, Courtenay Cox, Shanna Reed and Alex McKenna. King plays an adventurer, missing seven years, who suddenly returns home to move in with his former wife — and her new husband and the daughter he didn’t know he had. It’s a sitcom, in case you didn’t guess.
COUNTRY COMES TO CAA: Mike Ovitz hosted a party for more than 200 at CAA honoring the Country Music Assn. Board of Directors here for their quarterly meet. Among those lingering longer than the usual cocktail hour: Clint Black, Randy Travis, CMA exec director Ed Benson, Walter C. Miller, CBS’ Jeff Sagansky, Nashville Network head Paul Corbin and Dan Halyburton, chairman of the CMA board … Red Buttons represents Nicolas Cage in courtroom scenes of the Andrew Bergman-Mike Lobell movie “Cop Gives Waitress $ 2 Million Tip.” Red tells me, “I’m proud to be a lawyer — in the movies.” He said it, I didn’t … The “New York, It Ain’t Over” campaign welcomes the “Cop-Waitress” film troupe with a big bash on the set July 28 to kick off the production, which shoots entirely in New York … Howard Cushnir’s BigRock Picture “Sexual Healing,” which benefits AIDS charities, preem-parties tonight at the WGA Theater in advance of Sunday’s Showtime airing with profits from the cabler going to the Minority AIDS Project … James Woods receives Israel’s Bar Ilan U. Golden Microscope Award tonight at the BevWilshire … Bruce Davison is off to Phoenix to star with Lesley Ann Warren in ABC’s telepic “Desperate Justice.”