ABC has the most top-heavy load of theatrical movies this season because it includes that gargantua of greedy grossers, "Jaws," which will probably be shown during the month of November. Other new ABC titles, most of which do not yet have air dates, include Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" (Sunday, Sept. 16); "The Man With the Golden Gun," with Roger Moore as James Bond; "The Return of the Pink Panther," with Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau; Neil Simon's "Murder by Death"; "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training"; and "Telfon," with Charles Bronson and Lee Remick.
CBS will lead off its movie year with two recent trash bashes, "The Other Side of Midnight" on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and "The Betsy," with Laurence Olivier, on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Other CBS titles new to network TV include "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" (Wednesday, Sept. 12); "Citizens Band"; "The Greek Tycoon"; "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"; "House Calls"; "Oh, God!"; "Silver Streak"; and that definitive fiasco, "Lucky Lady," with Gene Hackman, Burt Reynolds and Liza Minnelli.
NBC may have the weakest movie package, but a pair of hefties comprise a one-two punch at the season's start: "Coming Home," with Jane Fonda and Jon Voight, on Monday, Sept. 17, and "Semi-Tough," starring Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh and Kris Kristofferson, on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Other NBC titles include Robert Benton's delightful "The Late Show," with Lily Tomlin and Art Carney; Nicol Williamson as Sherlock Holmes in "The Seven-Percent Solution"; Al Pacino in "Dog Day Afternoon"; Joseph E. Levine's monumental war movie "A Bridge Too Far"; and the long-long-long delayed TV premiere of the three-hour 1970 musical documentary, "Woodstock."
ABC's movie nights are Sunday and Friday, CBS's are Tuesday and Wednesday, and NBC's are Monday and Tuesday.