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Jacksons still unsure of Michael’s role

GOOD MORNING: Scenery for the “Jackson Family Honors” NBC spec is skedded to roll into the Atlantic City Convention Center today for the Dec. 11 taping and planned Jan. 10 airing. And, as of last night, Gary Smith, who exec produces with Walter C. Miller directing/producing, said “We (family and network) are all looking into what Michael’s participation will be.” He could satellite it in from wherever he is — tape later or — ? Smith said Elizabeth Taylor will be there even if Michael isn’t. It’s a hectic season for Smith who, with Dwight Hemion, is readying Friday’s “American Teacher Awards”– live — from Epcot’s American Adventure Theater in Orlando for the Disney Channel. That’s followed by Saturday’s “TV Acad Hall of Fame” from the Disney-MGM Sound Stage 1, also in Orlando. It airs Dec. 12 on the Disney Channel and in 1994 on ABC. Earlier Saturday, the TV Acad and Disney-MGM open the East Coast home of the TV Acad Hall of Fame Plaza with Milton Berle and Sid Caesar unveiling their bronze sculptures … Smith/Hemion are skedded to tape Barbra Streisand’s show at the MGM Grand Dec. 31-Jan. 1 for HBO. They only anticipate “informational pickets” at the hotel … And on Jan. 20, Smith and Av Westin tape People Mag’s 20th anni show for ABC. Smith is also set to exec produce the Tony Awards for the next two years. But, the most interesting project now in his works is the 50th anni of D-Day special June 4-6 with David Wolper.

IN CASE YOU WONDERED — as I did — what happened to the aborted Angie Dickinson tape of “This Is Your Life,” Ralph Edwards’ office assures it was immediately destroyed. Yeah — but who won’t be surprised if it turns up one of these nights on one of those shows? Meanwhile, “Life” is scurrying to ready two segs to air Nov.26 on NBC from 8-9 p.m. One was taped here last Saturday and no, it wouldn’t be fair to reveal his name in view of all the tsouris the show’s already had! A second subject will get the “Life” sentence in N.Y. next week close to the air date deadline. Here’s hoping another “honoree” doesn’t jump ship. Angie Dickinson, by the way, proving she doesn’t mind honoring someone else, will be a presenter at the TV Acad Hall of Fame awards Saturday noted above … Producers Keith Addis and Nick Wechsler, musician Don Henley, director Richard Baskin and exec Gil Friesen made a quick, three-day trek to Honduras on a fact-finding mission under the auspices of CARE. The quintet is determined to get Hollywood to tell the world what CARE now does. It has come a long way since the famous “CARE packages.” They remind those here who are only concerned with domestic problems that if the rain forests disappear, “there’ll be no air in Beverly Hills. What goes on in Honduras and Nicaragua affects our environment everywhere. We’ll help them raise money. We’re committed”… Patrick Terrail happily reports, “I’m cured.” Terrail, an exec with Hiram Walker, quit smoking and will make his return appearance in town Thursday at the Chanel BevHills shop opening …”A Perfect World” preemed Monday at the National and the filmmakers and WB exex celebrated afterwards at Spago. Clint Eastwood, who directs and stars, was on hand with radiant Frances Fisher, daughter Allison and son Kyle (baby daughter Francesca Ruth will have to see it later — between bottles!). Co-star Kevin Costner couldn’t make it as he’s busy again, in Santa Fe with “Wyatt Earp.” T.J. Lowther, who also stars, was on hand, plus Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Mariel Hemingway, Christine Lahti and Thomas Schlamme, Joe Pesci and Wesley Snipes. And Bob Daly and Carole Bayer Sager, Terry and Jane Semel, Bruce and Nancy Berman, Rob and Sandy Friedman, Sandy and Gail Reisenbach. Linda Hart, in a torrid sequence with Costner, told me her scene originally called for “nudity — but I said no to Clint and he answered, ‘You don’t have to.’ ” She adds, “Kevin was a doll.” The gorgeous Hart will also be seen as the stripper who bumps while tooting a trumpet in “Gypsy.” She’s one of Bette’s Harlettes. Some career for the daughter of an evangelist father and minister mother.

THE 50TH ANNI OF THE BLOODY BATTLE of Tarawa is celebrated Nov. 20 with Marine Corps events and among those participating is Eddie Albert, who as a landing craft commander rescued a number of wounded Marines … Bob Hope’s Dec. 13 Christmas spec, which features clips from previous holiday shows, adds live guestings by: Ed Marinaro of NBC’s “Sisters” and Joey Lawrence of the web’s “Blossom.” New additions in the Nov. 28 Hollywood Christmas Parade are Beau Bridges and Raven-Simone, who join grand marshals Dolores and Bob Hope … Gregory Peck is honorary chairman for the first annual dinner benefit for the National Transplantation Institute, Dec. 4. Peck will also narrate a video for ’em.

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