GOOD MORNING: Johnny Carson will be seen on TV again — but not heard — as he’ll be one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees Dec. 5. On the annual CBSpecial produced by George Stevens Jr. and Don Mischer, the awardees have but to attend, to be toasted and feted in a weekend that includes a memorable White House reception. In the past, Carson has shied away from countless awards/shows … Michael Jackson’s slated to present the Humanitarian Award to Elizabeth Taylor on “The Jackson Family Show,” Dec. 11 from Atlantic City. He is not expected to perform with the family yet, but after the Taipei reunion–? Gary Smith produces the Atlantic City Convention Center family show … Jono Kohan, newly named manager of A&R at Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music, has signed Brownstone to the label … Pepsi’s talking to Janet Jackson to sponsor her tour … ABC Video is releasing “The Pope in Denver: Celebration and Challenge,” a 50-minute docu on the pope’s U.S. visit … Pierce Brosnan m.c.’s the first Catholics in Media Awards, chaired by Susan Dobson and Gretchen Wayne, Sept. 26 at the BevHilton … Kimberly-Clark made a contribution of $ 795,000 to public TV to nationally underwrite “Barney & Friends” for the next five years. “Barney’s” seen on 304 PBStations. The Lyons Group, which owns “Barney,” financed 60% of the 18 new shows that bow Sept. 27 and introduce a new character Oct. 10 … George C. Scott plays Blind George in the Disney Channel’s “The Whipping Boy.” Charles Stern set the deal. Scott and wife Trish Van Devere celebrate their 21st wedding anni on the “Boy” location — in France’s wine country … Sean Young, who has three bigscreen movies going into release, stars in her first telepic, NBC’s “Witness to the Execution”– in which she plays a TV exec planning to televise a live execution — on pay-per-view.
“I’M A COWBOY LIKE NO COWBOY you’ve ever seen,” said Paul Hogan from the Moab location of “Lightning Jack.””He’s human, fallible, funny — underneath he’s an idiot,” Hogan laughingly described his character. “But it’s no ‘Blazing Saddles’ “… Back in the movie saddle for the first time in three years, Hogan says his movie’s financed ($ 23 million) by a public offering in Australia and now in the U.S. And the distributor will be chosen when the movie’s wound. “At the right time,” he adds. “It’s worth it — to be able to make the movie without having any ‘suit’ lookng over your shoulder — telling you to be funny. I like to be (involved) on a movie from the blank page to the butter on the popcorn.” Simon Wincer (“Free Willy”) is directing and Hogan said, “I wanted him ever since I saw ‘Lonesome Dove.’ ” And he set Cuba Gooding as co-star “after I saw him on ‘Dennis Miller.’ ” When asked what his next movie might be, Hogan said, “There mightn’t be another one.” Not even another “Crocodile Dundee”? “If I get the right idea.” What about throwing another shrimp on the barbie for another Aussie visitor commercial? “No more — they have as many tourists as they can handle,” he laughed. He’ll reunion with wife Linda Kozlowski when she winds her European locations of “Zorn” with Liv Ullmann … A script’s already being written for “The Neverending Story IV” while “III” is in the middle of production. Director Peter Macdonald spent the weekend away from the Vancouver exterior locations in the Berlin Babelsburg Studios, where the movie will soon segue to film interiors for seven weeks. “The clock stopped 40 years ago” in the eastern Berlin studios, says Macdonald. It’s now being brought up to date by the CineVox Entertainment Group producing the movie. Macdonald admits he agreed to direct when young (13) Jason James Richter (“Free Willy”) came aboard and the Jim Henson Creature Shop agreed to create the most advanced creatures for the movie. “They’re totally different from the predecessors (in “I” and ‘II”). They are the newest state-of-the-art movie creatures.” Melody Kay (14) co-stars.
FIRST-TIME FEATURE DIRECTOR Gregory Hines was so effective,” says “White Man’s Burden” exec producer Ben Barenholtz, he’ll next give a ditto opportunity to Rebecca Miller (Arthur’s daughter) to direct her script of “Angela”… Barenholtz says Hines “is a natural — he got so much out of the players” in the love story between a 30-year-old white man (Mark Jacobs) and a 17-year-old black girl (Karen Kirkland). “They are not stereotypical,” he promises. Barenholtz will also exec produce “The Passing Star,” in which John Turturro will star and direct his own script. “He’s an enormous talent,” adds Barenholtz … Peter Jones launches the new season of his “AMC in Hollywood” tonight with yarns ranging from Hearst Castle to Nate ‘n’ Al’s.