GOOD MORNING: He’s done it again! Clint Eastwood wrapped “Blood Work” on Friday — it was skedded to wind Thursday and a group of heavy exhibs was winging out to visit the Eastwood set to see how he does it. Sorry, guys, come back when he’s shooting “Mystic River” later this year … “It may never see the light of day,” CBS’ Leslie Moonves told me Tuesday when I asked when the web would air “Not in Our House,” the Robert Urich-Meredith Baxter movie in which he plays a pedophile. The pic was completed a year ago and had not been skedded as yet. But now, in view of Urich’s death, Moonves allows its future is doubtful. “It is a rough subject,” he reminded. Moonves, saddened by Urich’s death, said, “He was a first-class man — a stand-up guy. We worked together on three series.” Meredith Baxter also says Urich was courageous in playing the unsympathetic role in a story about a family a year after the incestuous relationship comes to light. Urich’s agent Merritt Blake explained why Urich chose to do the pic: “He was looking for a challenging role — and he liked working with Meredith.” While this movie probably will remain permanently shelved, Moonves reminds that the network “always has 10 (features) on the shelf” — in readiness should a series fail or — ? … Meanwhile, over at CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” Joshua Morrow inked for five more years as Nick Newman. Morrow has even more reason to celebrate — he and his schoolteacher wife, Tobe, are expecting their first child in the fall. They were married in August. Congrats, congrats.

CAROL BURNETT CLIMBED ATOP the roof of CBS TV City to tape the opening and closing shots of “CBS: 50 Years From TV City” which airs April 27. Studio workers came out of the offices, stages, work rooms to greet her — as she told ‘em: “This had been my home away from home for 11 years.” She winged out from rehearsals of “Hollywood Arms” at the Goodman in Chi and immediately returned. Exec producer Jeff Margolis also taped wraparounds with the Smother Brothers to intro variety segs, Beau Bridges for drama tributes, John Ritter for sitcoms, John McCook and Melody Thomas Scott for daytime and Merv Griffin and Craig Kilborn for talkshows … Obviously Mel Brooks was confident of Brad Oscar as “The Producers'” Max Bialystock replacing Henry Goodman, who was Nathan Lane’s (short-lived) replacement. Goodman’s last performance was Sunday; Oscar (who had already done 70-plus shows subbing during Lane’s throat problems) was in the role Tuesday night. Mel was already on a plane to Rome to be with wife Anne Bancroft, who is co-starring in “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone” with Helen Mirren. And they go on to further film in London, where Brooks can help set “The Producers” stars there … At the Promenade Theater on B’way, Kirk Douglas received a standing ovation when introduced in the audience by Alan King, there starring in “Mr. Goldwyn.” “I never do this,” King allowed, “but this time I have to!” as he made the curtain-call acknowledgment to Douglas, there with wife Anne, Jack Valenti, Maria Cooper Janis and husband/concert pianist Byron Janis, who were celebrating their 36th wedding anni with son Stefan … Add all in the family: Jenji Kohan has written ABC pilot “My Wonderful Life” for ABC-Touchstone. David Kohan, with partner Max Mutchnick, has written a pilot for NBC-Warner Bros., “Good Morning, Miami.” Both pilots shoot next week. The happy Kohan parents are (writers) Buz and Rhea Kohan, who are no doubt eyeing a nice piece of beachfront property.

ANGELINA JOLIE AND 8-MONTH-OLD Cambodian-born baby Maddox, whom she and Billy Bob Thornton are adopting, are off to film in Thailand, following the South African locations of “Beyond Borders” for Par-Mandalay. She winds there May 4, by which time it is hoped all visa papers will be completed to bring the baby into the U.S. Billy Bob and his band are playing Milan and will rejoin Angelina on her location. Meanwhile, her “Life or Something Like It” for Fox bows here April 26 … Bruce Davison is off to Nova Scotia to star with Kathy Baker in the Lifetime drama “A Family Decision.” Davison is still high on having been Emmy-nominated for best director for his first feature-length project, Showtime’s offbeat holiday film “Off Season,” with fellow nominee Hume Cronyn starring. “The difference between a director and an actor is,” Davison says, “the actor says, ‘Good, it’s noon and time to break for lunch.’ The director says, ‘Dammit, it’s noon, is it already time to break for lunch’?” … At Thursday’s National Down Syndrome Women’s luncheon at the BevHills Hotel, honorees are Kellie Martin, now in HBO’s “Fiona,” and Brad Silverman of ERAS, who is one of Sean Penn’s buddies in “I Am Sam” … Before heading to Nashville for a jam session with Willie Nelson at the Ryman for USA Net’s May 27 special, Sheryl Crow gave a private concert for a select audience of Gotham’s radio station WPLJ at the China Club … And Monday night at the China Club, on the eve of their game Tuesday with the Baltimore Orioles, Yankees pitcher David Wells, designated hitter Nick Johnson and ex-Yank David Cone brought Orioles ace pitcher Scott Erickson. After their game with the Atlanta Braves, Javy Lopez, Albie Lopez, Andruw Jones and Vinnie Castilla were there with the Mets’ Mo Vaughn, who’s on the disabled list. Michael Bolton appeared in the middle of these heavy hitters.

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