The May sweeps are over now and the pickin's are growing slim as we start into the summer rerun season in earnest. To look on the bright side, what you missed during the fall and winter will probably come 'round again. A good example is "Master of the Game," a nine-hour miniseries that CBS will air over four Saturday nights. You'll also get to see pilots for series that never aired. A good example is ABC's "Riviera" airing Sunday. Better look for sports: The Belmont Stakes, the French Open (women's finals on Saturday), several golf tournaments, baseball and NBA playoffs -- all first-run, of course.
SUNDAY FORD: THE MAN AND THE MACHINE at 9 on 13
RIVIERA at 9 on 7
ABC's Disney Sunday Movie isn't a movie at all tonight, but a repeat of the 15th anniversary of Disney World in Florida. At 9, NBC encores "Two Fathers' Justice," a drama starring Robert Conrad and George Hamilton as the fathers to search for the killers of their son and daughter just before they were to marry. The new offering tonight stars Patrick Bauchau and Ben Masters as adventurers on the French Riviera in what ABC calls "a taut tale of action and suspense." (It was the pilot for a series that never was picked up.) Masters plays an American agent who tries to save his father's chateau in the south of France. Channel 13 carries Cliff Robertson's portrayal of Henry Ford in a chronicle of the man who began America's love affair with the automobile, "Ford: The Man and the Machine." Hope Lange plays his wife Clara, R.H. Thomson his son Edsel and Heather Thomas his mistress, Evangeline Cote, in the two-part special. (WTTG carries the special Monday and Tuesday.) It's based on Robert Lacey's biography covering Ford's life from the age of 12. PBS stations continue part two of Masterpiece Theater's "The Jewel in the Crown," and at 10, WNVT offers the 30th anniversary concert of The Beaux Arts Trio from the Musical Arts Center on the Indiana University campus, where the group has performed annually since its founding. Guests: Chad Everett, Abby Dalton and Mark Stevens on a repeat "Murder, She Wrote" (8 on CBS). Note: Channels 2 and 20 continue the Children's Miracle Network Telethon this morning and afternoon. MOVIES: "Dog Day Afternoon" (10:30 a.m. on 11). SPORTS: Kemper Open highlights (12:30 on 9), Memorial Tournament (1 on CBS), French Open Tennis, early rounds (2:30 on 4), NBA playoff game/conference final if necessary (3:30 on CBS), Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco (4 on ABC).
MONDAY READING RAINBOW at 11:30 a.m. on 26
AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE: "Blue Window" at 9 on 26
ABC's "Good Morning, America" telecasts out of Norfolk, Va., this week. At 11:30, WETA begins the season premiere of "Reading Rainbow," still hosted by LeVar Burton. Maryland Public Television stations and WHMM pick it up at 5. In the evening, WETA carries American Playhouse's television adaptation of Craig Lucas' off-Broadway production, "Blue Window," a study of social relationships in New York in the 1980s. Randy Danson plays the hostess of a dinner party to which several singles have been invited (Matt Craven, Jane Galloway, Larry Joshua, Brad O'Hare, Maureen Silliman and Margo Skinner). Lucas' ear for cocktail chatter reveals the fears and unhappiness that often underly clever remarks. At play's end, brief scenes of each of the characters at home later in the evening bring together one of the themes: That the ways in which we are different can be what connects us. The play, written in 1984 as a developmental project for The Production Company, won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. Its competition on NBC is a rerun of "The Long, Hot Summer," a recent TV adaptation of William Faulkner's story. Don Johnson, Cybill Shepherd, Judith Ivey and Jason Robards star in the two-parter, concluding Tuesday. Guests: David Groh on "Kate & Allie" (8 on CBS); Jose Ferrer as Stephanie Verderkellen's father on a repeat "Newhart" (9 on CBS); former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed on a repeat "Cagney & Lacey" (10 on CBS). MOVIES: "Fame" (8 on 20). SPORTS: Monday Night Baseball (9 on ABC).
TUESDAY FRONTLINE at 9 on PBS
NBC concludes "The Long, Hot Summer" and PBS stations offer programs for thought: On the 20th anniversary of the Six-Day War, "Frontline" takes a look at Israel, a nation struggling with its image and role as a democracy and looks at what has happened to its "glorious dream." Stay tuned at 10 for another in Bill Moyers' "The Presidency and the Constitution" series, tonight taking up "The Balance of Nuclear Terror." MOVIES: "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (8 on 20). SPORTS: NBA finals, game one (9 on CBS).
WEDNESDAY LOUIE'S IN LOVE at 8:30 on 5
AMERICA HURTS: THE DRUG EPIDEMIC at 9 on CBS
FIGHTING TERRORISM at 9 on 26
NOTHING IN COMMON at 9:30 on NBC
THERE WERE TIMES, DEAR at 10 on PBS
LIFE IN THE FAT LANE at 10 on NBC
Husband-and-wife team Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman star in a 90-minute special called "Louie's in Love," the story of a guy named Louie DePalma and his one, true sweetheart. At 9, Bill Kurtis hosts a look at a simulated National Security Council session to see how American policy might be formed during a nuclear attack by terrorists. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Robert MacFarlane, Richard Helms, Adm. Thomas Moorer and newsman Daniel Schorr appear. At the same time, CBS carries a look at one of this country's most widespread problems, drug addiction. Physicians, drug addicts and their families talk with CBS' correspondents on "America Hurts." At 9:30, NBC offers the season finale of "Nothing in Common," then gives the 10 p.m. spot to Connie Chung for her report on "Life in the Fat Lane." Among her guests is fitness guru Jane Fonda. Shirley Jones and Len Cariou star in a PBS production, "There Were Times, Dear," the story of a happily married couple and Alzheimer's disease. Jones plays Susanne Millard, who must undertake all the family responsibilities were her husband Bob is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's. The one-hour play, originally made by producer Linda Hope (Bob's daughter) and director Nancy Malone as a fund-raising tool for local Alzheimer's support groups, has won several awards. Guests: the Harlem Globetrotters on "ABC Afterschool Special" at 4.
THURSDAY MYSTERY! "The Ambassador's Boots" at 9 on PBS
THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD at 9:30 on NBC
20/20 at 10 on ABC
NBC offers one of the few fresh episodes, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," starring Blair Brown as a single woman who, tonight, receives the offer of a trip to Bermuda from Nick the garbageman. On PBS, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford (James Warwick and Francesca Annis) are back to investigate a curious incident that occurred to the American ambassador on his voyage to Britain. And at 10, ABC's "20/20" talks with jockey Vicky Aragon less than 48 hours before the Belmont Stakes, the third and final jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown. Guests: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor talking with Bill Moyers on "In Search of the Constitution" (9 on 26). MOVIES: "The Man From Laramie" (1 on 45, "The Glass Menagerie" (8 on 54). SPORTS: NBA finals, game two (9 on CBS).
FRIDAY PLAYERS at 9 on ABC
GREAT PERFORMANCES at 9 on PBS
ON THE EDGE at 10 on NBC
HARD COPY at 10 on CBS
Tonight's ABC movie, "Players," is notable mainly because it stars the late Dean-Paul Martin, who died last month in an airplane crash. Martin plays a tennis bum who meets jet-setter Ali MacGraw in a romantic drama. Steve Guttenberg and tennis pro Guillermo Vilas also turn up in the 1979 story. NBC's "On the Edge" is NBC's newcomer tonight, about a veteran cop who's unhappy with both his assignment and his partner. His competition is the return of CBS' "Hard Copy," with a story about "veteran reporter Scoop Webster" and the story he is after, about a splinter religious group called the Church of Wisdom. PBS' Great Performances repeats Krystian Zimerman's performance of Johannes Brahms' Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, op. 15, for piano and orchestra. Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. Guests: District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Robert H. Bork, a conservative interpreter of the Constitution, and Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese on Bill Moyers' "In Searach of the Constitution" (8 on 32). MOVIES: "Deathtrap" (1 a.m. on 11). SPORTS: Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (7:30 on 2 and 20).
SATURDAY FRENCH OPEN WOMEN'S FINALS at noon on NBC
BELMONT STAKES at 4:30 on ABC
SOAPBOX at 6 on 32
WONDERWORKS at 8 on 26, 32
MASTER OF THE GAME at 8 on CBS
Today's sports events begin with the French Open Tennis women's finals at noon on NBC, including several golf tournaments (of local note, the Kemper Open from Avenel in Potomac) and wind up with the Belmont Stakes at 4:30 on ABC. WHMM offers a new show for teen-agers, "Soapbox," featuring psychologist Tom Cottle and real-life high school students discussing problems of concern to them. Their topic on the opening program is drugs and drinking. At 8, PBS' "WonderWorks" begins "The December Rose," a strange title for a story about a chimney sweep in Victorian London. CBS begins a four-part repeat of Sidney Sheldon's "Master of the Game" tonight, intending to run it on four consecutive Saturdays. Dyan Cannon stars as the matriarch Kate Blackwell, aging from 17 to 90 in the production. She has inherited a fortune in diamonds, turns the inheritance into a worldwide corporate empire and attempts to mold her heirs into worthy successors. Harry Hamlin plays her only child, Tony, who is little interested in taking over the reins of his mother's empire. Ian Charleson plays Kate's father, Jamie McGregor, a Scottish prospector who located the gems. Cliff De Young is Brad Rogers, Kate's business adviser and family confidante who is infatuated with his employer. Also in the cast: Donald Pleasence, Cheri Lunghi, Johnny Sekka, David Birney, Liane Langland and Fernando Allende. Tonight's opener runs three hours. MOVIES: "Harry & Tonto" (1:30 on 11). SPORTS: French Open Tennis, women's finals (noon on NBC), Colonial Cup (12:30 on 7), McDonald's Championship (golf) at 1 on 7, Kemper Open, from Avenel in Potomac (4 on CBS), Belmont Stakes (4:30 on ABC).
CABLE NOTES WTBS
On "Explorer" (Sunday at 9) a film crew follows award-winning National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield as he goes on assignment in Turkey. The show offers a glimpse both of his work -- he shared the University of Missouri's Magazine Photographer of the Year Award -- and how he works and what he looks for as he spent two weeks shooting some 20,000 pictures among the Turks. Elsewhere on WTBS, the College World Series continues, the last time that it will be a 10-day, eight-team double-elimination tournament.