GOOD MORNING: It’s Michael Jackson “live” time–he joins the Inaugural Gala, televised on CBS Jan. 19 (mebbe singing “Heal the World”), then stars in the Super Bowl half-time gala (mebbe singing “Heal the World”) and then appears “live” on Oprah’s Feb. 10 “live” 90-minute spec (singing “Heal the World”?–nah, he’s at his home with Winfrey in Santa Ynez) … Ted Danson pitches his American Ocean Campaign Jan. 19 at the D.C. Finance Committee meet at which Al Gore appears. Danson segues to Quincy Jones’ HBO pre-inaugural show, where he’ll be a reader at the Lincoln Memorial spectacular. On Danson’s personal story, there is no action following the holidays he spent with his family … Add to the Smith/Hemion CBS Jan. 19 gala, singer Michael Bolton, hosts Sally Field and Richard Dreyfuss. David Pack’s putting together Chuck Berry’s musical group including Chuck and daughter Ingrid, Little Richard, Greg Philinganes, Nathan East, Jon Bon Jovi and Max Weinberg and five choirs numbering over 400. Apart from the celebs on the star-heavy show, a Norman Rockwell painting will come to life as “sketches from life” including Clinton’s first prom date, saxophone teacher, etc. Harry Thomason, busy with the inaugural doings, isn’t directing “Hearts Afire” this week–James Hampton is reining. “Hearts’ ” Markie Post also heads to D.C. to host the “Presidential Inaugural Celebration for Children” from the Kennedy Center on the afternoon of Jan. 19 with the Clintons and Gores on hand. Also emanating a little later from the Center, the “Inaugural Celebration for Youth” hosted by Will Smith of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Both shows (to be attended by the Clintons and Gores) air on the Disney Channel starting at 5 p.m. that night before the Smith/Hemion CBSpec. The casts on these two shows range from Mr. Rogers and the Muppets to Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, the Mickey Mouse Club and the Joffrey Ballet. On inauguration day (20), there’ll be 11 Inaugural Balls with an enormous talent list of musicians, who, said Harry Thomason, “wanted to come to be a part of the excitement and share their talents with the American people.”
IT’LL BE SAD FOR US–but funny for everyone else,” promises “Cheers’ ” Jim Burrows of the final (two-hour seg), wrapping up 270 shows and 11 years. “It will be very emotional for us. The show is as old as my oldest daughter,” he recalled … Audrey Hepburn is “quite stable,” Rob Wolders said from their home in Switzerland last night. “She’s in a very good frame of mind.” This despite the fact the house is surrounded by vulture-like reporters-cameramen. “When her son Sean and friends came to visit, newspapers said, ‘Four doctors were there.’ When Givenchy visited Audrey, they said, ‘A specialist from Paris was attending.’ She has no nurses. And enjoys her garden–even in the cold. Her outlook is good, independent of what goes on with her health.” He allowed they cannot be sure of containment–“that is up to God.” Good friend Gregory Peck phoned yesterday to report the SAG Sunday event in Hepburn’s honor. … Peck and Billy Wilder head to Europe and the Berlin Film Fest next month. The Peck-Bacall-Cecilia Peck “The Portrait” airs Feb. 13 on TNT … Chris Cain (“Young Guns”) directs “Karate Kid IV” at Col for producer Jerry Weintraub … Joe Eszterhas gets $ 350,000 for the one-day write on the Chanel No. 5 teleblurb to be directed by Roman Polanski in Paris. Paul Verhoeven was originally to rein. He’ll probably do Eszterhas’ “Show Girls” for producer Charles Evans at Par, where Joe also has “Jade” and “Sliver” for Bob Evans. Eszterhas also has his original, spec “Layers of Skin” in his typewriter (word processor?), “Sixth Sense” and “Sacred Cows” for Laddie and MGM in work and “Beat the Eagle” (about a bartender’s battle with the IRS) at Col. Plus “Original Sin” for Andy Vajna and Sharon Stone. And what about a “Basic Instinct” sequel?
AGENTS’ ALLEY: Merritt Blake has severed ties with his partners at Camden ITG , which he co-founded. He’s opening the Blake Agency with longstanding clients Robert Urich, Angie Dickinson, Robert Stack, Rod Steiger, Brian Keith, Carrie Hamilton, Leslie Caron among others joining him … Chaka Khan signed with the Brokaw Co. for personal management … Tim Hutton signed with UTA … APA’s blowing its horn since the agency inked five sax men for the Inaug’s All Star Sax Jam … Francine Greshler, daughter of Vi and Abbey Greshler, marries Peter Feldmann March 7 at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara … The L.A. Times’ movie editor Kelly Scott weds writer Sean Mitchell, April 3 in Dallas … Sad to report that publicist Jane Mullen died of cancer Sunday. Her cheery voice for clients and charities brightened the day for so many of us. She carried on the tradition of her late husband, press agent Jack Mullen … April’s the start date for “Wolf” with Mike Nichols directing for producer Doug Wick, with Jack Nicholson, Mia Farrow and hopefully Michelle Pfeiffer co-starring … Roseanne Arnold and Tom Arnold tape a special seg for the “Star-athon ’93” Cerebral Palsy Assn. telethon airing Jan. 23-24. John Ritter and Henry Winkler are among the hosts … Mike Merrick and Eddie Rissien open Peter Whelan’s “The School of Night” at London’s Barbizon following its success at Stratford-on-Avon. On to the West End.