Sept. 4, 1964:
The nets alerted to a lot more upcoming newscasts and press confabs emanating from the White House. Two, one-hour spex (NBC and CBS) for LBJ in the formative stage with Pete Lawford looming as one of the m.c’s. Lawford, now in Rochester, N.Y., then Miami on JFK Memorial Library biz, here on the 28th for “Sylvia.” His Chris-Law Prdns. will feature-film their vidstar Patty Duke in March. Lawford may play her papa … Although Gov. Brown and the Calif. Democrats are behind the Vote No on Prop 14 campaign, the party’s big donors — bankers, savings & loan cos. — haven’t been able to come thru on the campaign against this proposition, so the showbiz arm has taken over. A planned spec with top stars working for scale will help the coffers … Although the webs have been reluctant to go for a foreign-accented TV lead, Ricardo Montalban gets word the Madison Ave. attitude is now changing and a series is in the works for the dashing star of many a Metro musical, B’way, the soon-to-be released WB “Cheyenne Autumn,” etc. He might as well be in a series–just wound an “U.N.C.L.E.” last week, is now in a “Burke’s Law.” (Fade out–and fade in 14 years later to the successful “Fantasy Island” from 1978 to 1984).