GOOD MORNING and congrats, Emmy winners. While TV workers return to their series today, Genevieve Bujold will not. After two days’ work as skipper of the starship on “Star Trek: Voyager,” Bujold returned to terra firma. Bujold said she was unable to deal with the speed and intensity of TV production as compared to movies’ modus operandi, to which she’s been accustomed in more than two dozen bigscreen features. The United/Paramount Network’s series was to launch the net with an initial two-hour seg and had been delayed twice earlier awaiting a star captain … Mike Medavoy’s back from Europe, and partners Peter Hoffman and Arnie Messer remain there gathering more financing for their company, which is weighing studio affiliations. Medavoy’s off to Japan next week to head the fest jury in Kyoto — and land some yen? “We are doing OK,” Medavoy tells me, and they are also assembling properties … Also heading to Japan’s fest is “Speed” director Jan De Bont, who will return here from “Godzilla’s” birthplace to start shooting his highly technical and computerized 1995 “Godzilla” for TriStar on the coast of Oregon …”Dirty Dancing” is being readied for the stage — to bow in London and then trip the light fantastic around the world before heading to B’way. That’s the plan by Eleanor Bergstein, who screenplayed the successful 1987 Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey starrer. “The rights are mine,” she told me between takes of “Let It Be Me,” which she’s directing (her script, too) at the Silvercup Studios in Queens. This Rysher Entertainment movie’s also dance-oriented, and Bergstein says her secret ambition for this movie is to get men back into partner dancing –“I hope women will canonize me!” To prepare for their dancing roles, Bergstein says the cast of six went into “dance boot camp” for six weeks. She picked the pic’s music first, then wrote the script. The music? It ranges from Irving Berlin to Latin, hip-hop. Of course it includes “It Only Happens When I Dance With You.””It’s not the kind of dancing that’s taught in Arthur Murray studios,” she says. The movie’s intent is to bring about the same feeling that the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers classix brought –“even in the deepest Depression.” Savoy distribs the $ 21 million pic, which stars Patrick Stewart, Leslie Caron, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Yancy Butler and Jamie Goodwin. Next pic for Bergstein is “Very Heaven,” about music, a young American and England in 1966.
A PLAY AND A MOVIE are already being talked for Alan Zweibel’s “Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner: A Sort of Love Story” (Villard) following last Thursday’s reading by Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Westwood Playhouse to benefit Gilda’s Club. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. “Saturday Night Live” alums Laraine Newman and Mary Gross broke down in tears when they backstaged. Bernie Brillstein is handling the production queries. He, along with Ann Moore, James L. Brooks, Villard and ICM, presented the fundraiser ($ 52,000 to support people with cancer and their families). Friends of Gilda’s on hand included Billy Crystal, Carl and Rob Reiner, Jon Lovitz, Rob Lowe, Garrett Morris, Garry Shandling, Richard Sakai, Joanna Kerns, Steve Guttenberg and Mark Spitz … Phil Donahue devotes an upcoming show to “Barney & Friends.” Donahue studio chairs (at least half of ’em) will be replaced by cushions for a kiddie audience — which will do the “interviewing,” while Phil’s queries will be answered by “Barney” creators Sheryl Leach and Dennis De Shaver. As for the bigscreen “Barney,” the David Geffen/WB feature is currently being written for ’95 production. Last Thursday, “Barney & Friends” cast member Hope Cervantes was here to join other vidkid stars to be lensed by Lynn Goldsmith for TV Guide’s special Christmas kid section. The other moppets: “Dave’s World’s” Andrew De Kody, “The Nanny’s” Madeleine Zima, “The Secret World of Alex Mae’s” Larisa Oleynick and “Lambchop’s Playalong’s” Talia Gilboa.
MERYL STREEP STEPS INTO CEMENT in front of Mann’s Chinese Sept. 25 in advance of “The River Wild’s” bow on the 30th … Services were held Saturday for Jim Aubrey at Pierce Bros., Westwood, with Stanley Ralph Ross, Jack Haley Jr., Billy Fine, Guy McElwaine and Rudy Durand among those paying tribute along with Aubrey’s daughter Schuyler, son Jay and brother Steve … Larry Gordon, toiling in Hawaii with “Waterworld,” won’t be able to make the N.Y. preem of “Timecop” Tuesday, his last Largo pic … Paris publicist par excellence Yanou Collart, pal and valued red tape cutter for visiting Hollywood execs and stars, is shuttering her 25-year-old praisery — to work exclusively for Planet Hollywood, which opens in ’95 on the Champs Elysees.