GOOD MORNING: On tonight’s “PrimeTime Live” Sam Donaldson will announce that as a result of last week’s seg, Argentina’s President Carlos Menem will hand over the now-imprisoned (under house arrest) former SS Nazi Captain Erich Priebke for extradition to Italy if all the details are in order. Priebke is implicated in the infamous revenge massacre by the Nazis of several hundred Italian civilians in Rome in l944. The president, on radio, apologized for the long delay in bringing this man to justice. “PrimeTime” producer Harry Phillips tells me, “Sam’s (Donaldson’s) picture is all over front pages in Argentina and in Rome (in La Repubblica) and I’ve never seen him so wired on any story. And people (on the show) swear they saw Sam shed a tear after last week’s show!” Sam Donaldson cries? Phillips says the show has received queries about doing a MOW based on the events of the past week. Back in 1978 Richard Burton starred as a German officer and Marcello Mastroianni a priest in “Massacre in Rome,” a feature about the Nazi atrocity and the acquiescence of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. George Cosmatos directed the movie … Latest development: Reinhard Krops, another ex-Nazi suspect, who led Donaldson and Phillips to Priebke, has suddenly fled Argentina and is hiding in Chile! The plot goes on — and Donaldson and Phillips plan to pursue … Stay tuned.
THIS WILL CAUSE A STIR in Times Square, promises LeVar Burton, who will appear on the giant, 20-story “jumbotron” screen on B’way, May 21-22, as part of his next season’s “Reading Rainbow” PBSeries for youngsters. Burton also tells me the five-Emmy-nominated show will air next season in South Africa. “This is really important for me,” Burton says. He’s taking four days off the “Star Trek: Generations” feature to head to N.Y. Burton says the latest “Trek” feature, directed by David Carson with John Alonzo lensing, boasts the most fantastic sets of all. And, “It really feels like the beginning of a whole new series of movies.” As if that weren’t enought excitement for Burton — his wife Stephanie is expecting their first child, a girl, in July … And talking Times Square, the preview audience Tuesday at AMC Century City for Imagine/Universal’s “The Cowboy Way” screamed when the giant B’way Calvin Klein billboard with Woody Harrelson in underwear flashed on the screen. The crowd was also enthusiastic throughout the Harrelson-Kiefer Sutherland movie with shouts reminiscent of Saturday ayem matinees. The action’er — shot in N.Y. traffic — is directed by Gregg Champion for producer Brian Grazer. It’s like a live cartoon! … Whoopi Goldberg wings to Miami this weekend for another romp with pals Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the opening of Robert Earl’s and Keith Barish’s 10th Planet Hollywood … Also in Florida, Ernie Borgnine stars in “Captiva” for producer/director John Biffor … Nancy Reed (Mrs. Joe Kanter) departs Florida to reunite with Skitch Henderson May 23 in Carnegie Hall celebrating the New York Pops 13th anni. Meanwhile, Nancy and Joe’s daughter Hillary Kanter, Nashville singer/songwriter, received BMI’s “Million Airplay” award for her 1990 tune “Lovin’ Only Me” recorded by Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs.
HELLO FROM HANOI sez Tiana (Silliphant), back home with her movie, “From Hollywood to Hanoi,” which she’ll show to General Vo Nguyen Gviap and his wife (who are both in the lensed-in-Vietnam film). She’s planning benefit preems this fall. She sez Muhammad Ali was warmly welcomed there, John Denver in concert was “a gas here” even though tix sold for $ 35, which she sez is too high for the Vietnamese. She reveals, “Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are fast becoming quite expensive: Paris and Tokyo prices”… Arnold Rifkin and several young Wm. Morris agents private plane’d to SanFran to catch (client) Hazelle Goodman’s exciting one-woman show at SF’s Magic Theater to talk movie/deals … Four generations of magicians gather tonight at the Hacienda in Vegas to toast headliner Lance Burton with “The Mantle of Magic” award. … Sharon Gless and Barney Rosenzweig celebrated their third wedding anni at 21 in N.Y. during a break in locations for two “Cagney & Lacey” MOWs for CBS. They also filmed in D.C. and resume here … Penny Marshall’s Parkway Prods. is talking Theater at the Improv’s “Elvis and Juliet” show to CBS … Gil Cates and family wing to Rye, N.Y., for the May 15 wedding of daughter Melissa of Viacom business affairs to Roger Claman … David Kirschner Prods. exec VP Paul Gertz and wife Sylvia welcomed daughter Annalisa Isabella May 3 … Kathleen Nolan sadly tells us actor/director Fred Sadoff died of AIDS May 6. Tributes at the Actors Studio here, May 12, and N.Y., May 17.