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NEWS & NOTES : NEWEST `ODD COUPLE' COULD PIT FRANKEN AGAINST DORNAN.

Byline: Daily News Wire Services

Television soon could have a new ``Odd Couple'' - liberal comedian Al Franken and conservative Congressman Robert K. Dornan.

``Saturday Night Live'' alum Franken wants the fiery Orange County Republican to play himself - and write his own lines - for cameo appearances on a new situation comedy being pitched to TV networks.

Franken would play a Washington-based TV news correspondent for a show called ``Late-line,'' and Dornan would portray his next-door neighbor.

As Dornan put it, he'd be ``Kramer'' to Franken's ``Seinfeld.''

``Obviously, we can't make him say anything he doesn't want to say,'' Franken said. ``It is just him coming in and saying he got some of my mail. And then he goes and says why Vince Foster was killed. It is Bob Dornan being Bob Dornan.''

Dornan said his only concern is that he gets a fair shake and doesn't become the butt of Franken's jokes. He said he'd donate his salary to an AIDS hospice.

``As long as we could both make our point equally,'' Dornan said. ``Al is a doctrinaire liberal. I'm a doctrinaire conservative. Al is observant enough to know this would be a very boring world if everyone was liberal - and it would be bankrupt, morally and financially.''

Rather nice: CBS anchorman Dan Rather has been chosen to receive the 1996 Lowell Thomas Award from Marist College.

The award, established in 1983, honors ``outstanding individuals in the communications industry whose lives and work reflect the imagination, courage, ambition and humanity of (the late CBS journalist) Lowell Thomas.''
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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jun 10, 1996
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