GOOD MORNING AFTER: Verdict on the street, Monday for the Emmys was — a hit. Even earlier, at the TV Acad’s Ball (a sellout at $300 per), Bob Iger, Ted Harbert and Howard Stringer congratted Don Mischer — and this was in advance of the overnights. In addition to the U.S. TV toppers at the ball, a contingent of five top TV execs from Russia came as guests of ATAS director Jim Loper and Mike Pippi … During the show, backstage there were no hitches — midway through the show Jerry Seinfeld congrated Mischer on its ease. But, a stage assistant had to quickly hand Mischer his tux jacket as his (and George Stevens Jr.’s) “Kennedy Center Honors” show was announced as a winner … Next for Mischer and Emmy TV show director Lou Horvitz is “The 21st Annual People’s Choice Awards” for CBS … Walter C. Miller, who won for directing the Tonys, had asked (through this column) for Tim Allen to accept if he won. Too bad Tim didn’t pick up the cue. Miller’s in Nashville readying the Oct. 5 Country Music Awards … Entertainment Drive’s first live, online coverage of the Emmys brought in more than 200 queries from 140 members who got answers from winners including David Letterman, Faye Dunaway, Dennis Franz, Kelsey Grammer, etc. Host Ellen DeGeneres was live backstage with Entertainment Drive’s president Michael Bolanos … DeGeneres, who showed her standup savvy on the show, is sitting out any more standups — in her spare (?) time is writing her book for Bantam, Oct. ’95 …”Picket Fences’ ” Fyvush Finkel, a fave with fourth estaters, got the day off the series Monday — and was immediately gobbled up for guesting by Jay Leno and Tom Snyder … Michael Goorjian, supporting actor winner for his portrayal of an autistic lad in “David’s Mother,” was signed to join Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth Shue and Julian Sands in “Leaving Las Vegas” written and directed by Mike Figgis for Lumiere Prods. … Winner Kelsey Grammer will m.c. the Saturday “S.S. Options House Cruises to New Orleans”– a phantom cruise on the Par lot. It benefits the only licensed youth shelter in Hollywood … The “Seinfeld” troupe was out on the streets of L.A. doubling for N.Y. Monday ayem — all four of the series’ leads told me they had no idea what would happen with “George’s” (Jason Alexander’s) job with the Yankees. Only one seg, so far has used that theme.

RUSH LIMBAUGH GETS THE RUSH act again on the Nov. 27 “She TV” show which he (Nick Bakay, that is) hosts … Hollywood Pictures’ “Quiz Show” is stirring up past and present untold, behind-the-scenes tales of TV dishonesty — and not only game shows. The questionable honesty of today’s guests on talk shows, reality shows, etc. is the subject of Ken Auletta’s story in the Sept. 19 New Yorker … John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned” for Universal adds Linda Kozlowski and Mark Hamill to the cast headed by Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley. They’re filming in Marin County, same site where Carpenter shot his 1980 horror classic “The Fog”… Peter Graves hosts “The Unexplained: Werewolves and Vampires, Are They Real?” for NBC Oct. 23 in time for Halloween … Thora Birch, Harrison Ford’s sweet daughter in “Clear and Present Danger,” is a destructive, violent child in the first “Outer Limits” Showtime seg. And she segues to Demi Moore’s New Line “Gaslight Addition”… Ford is honorary chairman of this year’s Big Sisters Nov. 4 “no tie” gala at the BevHilton honoring Kathleen Kennedy. Steven Spielberg makes her presentation. The Ford-narrated “Mustang: The Hidden Kingdom” is at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 indefinitely.

JON STEWART, WHO BOWED HIS PAR syndie’d talker Monday (KCOP here, midnight), said he and guest Ethan Hawke wore out the carpet nervously waiting to go on — it was Stewart’s first show — and Hawke’s initial talk show gueststand. Stewart assured me that although he’s launching with an impressive showbiz list, he’ll also have some of the offbeat bunch he’d featured on MTV. The affable, 31 -year-old Stewart gets some of those music pals from MTV to help launch him — like Johnny Cash tonight! Stewart will emanate from N.Y. — at least for the first 12 weeks … Steve Martin bows the “Saturday Night Live” season opener — his 20th, on the 24th. Eric Clapton musicks. And “SNL” plans its big 20th anni show for the season’s end in May … Castle Rock’s “The Shawshank Redemption” not only preemed in Toronto, then in N.Y., Atlanta and L.A. — but a special showing’s set for Stephen King’s town, Bangor, Maine … At Saturday’s “Beastly Ball” at (and benefiting) the L.A. Zoo, Shari Lewis, with Lambchop encircled by a snake, modeled a giraffe pendant created by artist Charlotte R. Miller, wife of APA’s Stu Miller … Shari Lewis just completed a Halloween “Lambchop” PBSpecial with Alan Thicke, John Byner and Jan Rubesh.

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