GOOD MORNING: Bob Daly, departing managing partner, chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has set up offices in West L.A. for his Rule Maker Corp. Daly had made an agreement with Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin that when News Corp. sold, he would as well. (It is fully expected Frank McCourt’s offer — reportedly $430 million — will be approved by Major League Baseball). What’s Daly’s next job? “I don’t want a job,” says Daly, who for 20 years ran WB, and then spent four years with the Dodgers. “I don’t want a job on a daily basis. I don’t want to run a studio. I had the best. But — something in an entertainment basis.” (His partner for many of those 20 years, Terry Semel, headed to run Yahoo). Daly adds, “I feel I have an obligation to give back to the community — in public service. I am not retiring.” (He’s 66). First, he, wife Carole Bayer Sager, their children and grandchildren are heading off on a Bora Bora vacation. (He and Semel bought the WB G-4 plane) … The Dalys will also spend more time in N.Y. where he’s bought an apartment. Carole has 10 of her songs written with Peter Allen in B’way’s “The Boy From Oz.” And she has a date to sing at New York’s Feinstein’s Nov. 18-22. With it all, baseball remains one of Daly’s first loves. He admitted, “I’ve already bought my Dodger season tickets for next year.”
SIEGFRIED AND ROY ARE RECIPIENTS of this year’s World Award — “for those who, through their personnel commitment, efforts and excellence in their work have contributed to create a better world.” Mikhail Gorbachev makes the presentation in Hamburg Wednesday and Siegfried Fischbacher is flying over to accept for them. Roy Horn continues to make progress, I am told. Meanwhile, Steve Wynn, readying his $2.8 billion Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, and the Cirque du Soleil companies have been trying to place the Siegfried and Roy employees. Some, who have worked the S&R show for as much as 13 years, are receiving severance up to six months … Meanwhile, “The Father of the Pride” cartoon series based on S&R continues to tape. John Goodman, who voices the “head lion” told me, “We’re still doing them and there’s no change in the (setting of the) script. It’s all backstage at the Mirage. Jeffrey Katzenberg was on the set during last week’s recording. He’s gung-ho — but then again, Jeffrey is gung-ho about anything he’s doing!” Goodman departs Nov. 17 for Berlin to play Steve Blauner in Kevin Spacey’s Bobby Darin biopic. Goodman says he first met Spacey when he got out of Juilliard in 1981. He says Spacey just recorded Darin’s hitunes in London this past week with Phil Ramone. Goodman segues from these two assignments to a pilot for CBS now in “the planning stages” for him to play “a father, husband, and son — in the middle of a (family) hurricane.” When he starts the series, Goodman will move from his home in New Orleans “to a nice little place in the Valley. Besides, I’d like to be working more — you know the saying, ‘out of sight, out of mind’. I guess that’s also an actor’s lament,” he laughed … Bob Wagner is in N.Y. guesting in a seg of ABC’s “Hope & Faith.” He agreed to the stint “because this is my kind of stuff — a situation comedy” in which he’ll play a seasoned playboy. He brings his fiancee home to meet his daughters Hope (Faith Ford) and Faith (Kelly Ripa). The fiancee — Lynda Carter. The daughters are delighted — until Carter has a revelation. The show is the series’ Thanksgiving offering airing Nov. 21.
LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit” celebrates its 100th seg Wednesday at N.Y.’s Tao. And Dick Wolf sez he hopes it can stay on as long as the original “Law & Order” — 306 segs. The secret of this show’s success: “The writing.” And he also credits the entire troupe headed in L.A. by exec producer Neil Baer and in N.Y. by Ted Kotcheff. Wolf continues his (17 year) commute from his Universal offices to those in N.Y. where he originally insisted the show be filmed. Ditto for “Dragnet” in L.A. And his upcoming feature, “77” by James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential), will also be filmed in Hollywood where the story’s set. It’s the 1974 unsolved mystery of the murder of a cop with the sidebar of the Patty Hearst-SLA case. “Of course we solve it in the movie,” Wolf smiles. He’s also honorary consul to Monte Carlo and he credits the TV fest’s switch to July as “a successful move. We can get people to come over at that time — when they’re on hiatus — and not shooting as they were in February.”
CALIFORNIA HAS AN ACTOR as its new governor — and Texas has its governor — as a new actor. Movie star-handsome Texas Gov. Rick Perry hosted Col-Revolution’s “Cheer Up” troupe, headed by Tommy Lee Jones as a Texas Ranger, into the governor’s mansion in Austin — playing himself … A 35-foot tall tent is going up in Holmby Hills in readiness for Monday’s Louis Vuitton United Cancer Front Gala. The lavish interior is designed to look like a piece of Louis Vuitton Luggage. The gala benefits cancer research. Thirty-five scientists throughout the country are involved in the research under which herceptin was developed by Dr. Dennis Slamon at UCLA as the first, non-toxic treatment for cancer. Yves Carcelle, Lilly Tartikoff and Suzanne and Bob Wright chair the glamorous gala event with hosts Jennifer Connelly, Salma Hayek and Renee Zellweger. Seal will entertain … A sparkling Le Dome on the Sunset Strip has reopened. While the physical shape is the same (a newly sited entrance), the interior’s totally glamorized and comfortized by designer Dodd Mitchell. Now serving dinners, lunch starts next week. A smiling Eddie Kerkhofs is now partnered with Ron Tutor and the chef Sam Marvin, most recently at Piero’s in Las Vegas. Congrats to KNX reporter Laura Ornest and architect Rick Leslie. who were married Saturday at the newly landscaped gardens of Greystone Mansion. Their party followed at the Beverly Hills Hotel … Ernie Kovacs will be inducted into the National Comedy Hall of Fame during the Laugh Across America Comedy Festival Oct. 29–Nov.1 at the Stardust in Las Vegas. Edie Adams, Ernie’s widow. will accept … Last weekend at the Tropicana, the Casino Legends Hall of Fame inductees were: Frankie Valli, Connie Stevens, Jack Carter, Breck Wall, Cook E. Jarr and Bill Acosta. Clint Holmes hosted. Murray Hertz received the Joe Delaney Award … Phylicia Rashad femmceed the National Visionary Leadership Project award whose honorees included Ray Charles. Joe Adams accepted on behalf of Ray, recuping and planning to be back on the road after the first of the year. Ellis Hall performed. Other honorees were Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Dick Gregory, Geoffrey Holder, Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint