The week is full of series premieres and series returns, several specials and lots of sports. Specials include the Miss America Pageant and a gala celebrating the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution. The Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles today, the Orioles meet Toronto, college football gets under way, and it's time for the men's finals at the U.S. Open Tennis tournament.
SUNDAY PHILADELPHIA AT REDSKINS at 1 on CBS
U.S. OPEN TENNIS at 4 on CBS
OUR HOUSE at 7 on NBC
SEARCHING FOR JUSTICE at 8 on 9
FAMILY TIES at 8 on NBC
PRIVATE EYE at 9 on NBC
BLUFFING IT at 9 on ABC Philadelphia treks down to RFK today to meet the Redskins at 1, followed by three hours of the men's finals of U.S. Open Tennis on CBS. In the evening, WUSA offers a one-hour special, "Searching for Justice: Three American Stories," preempting "Murder, She Wrote," and then joins CBS to repeat Marlo Thomas' Emmy-winning portrayal of Marie Balter in "Nobody's Child" at 9. The "Justice" special celebrates the 200th birthday of the United States Constitution (on Sept. 17). Carl T. Rowan tells the stories of three landmark Supreme Court cases that tested the Constitution, one focusing on capital punishment, another on the desegregation of schools, and the third on abortion, and interviews Associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. NBC's "Our House" returns at 7 with the first half of a two-part episode involving an earthquake, and "Family Ties" begins its new season with a new day and new love interest for Alex. She's Lauren Miller (Courteney Cox), a psychology major who has his number. NBC follows with "Private Eye," a preview of the new series scheduled to begin Friday at 10. Michael Woods stars as Det. Jack Cleary and Josh Brolin is his partner in the series, which is set along the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles in 1956. Bill Sadler and Lisa Jane Persky co-star. Tonight, the two look for the murderer of Cleary's brother. At midnight, WRC's "Headlines on Trial" begins its second season. On ABC, Dennis Weaver stars in "Bluffing It," the story of a middle-aged factory foreman who is functionally illiterate. He turns down a promotion rather than reveal his handicap. SPORTS: Miami at New England (1 on 2); Seattle at Denver (4 on NBC). MONDAY THE WIL SHRINER SHOW at 9 a.m on 4 and 13
FRANK'S PLACE at 8 on CBS Both WRC band WJZ begin a new weekday talk fest, "The Wil Shriner Show," this morning at 9 as the humorist starts out with guests Burt Reynolds and Rich Hall. WRC also premieres "Win, Lose or Draw" at 11:30 (the version at 4 is a different episode). First up for its "checkerboard" series of 7:30 weeknight sitcoms is "Marblehead Manor." Bob Fraser and Linda Thorson play an eccentric millionaire and his wife, although much of the show is built around the household staff. WJLA introduces the new "Truth or Consequences" game show at 9:30, with host Larry Anderson, brings "Magnum, P.I." reruns back at 4, and carries the first of ABC's Monday Night Football games, this one the New York Giants at the Chicago Bears (kickoff about 9). CBS brings back "Kate & Allie" (an adult Chip takes his son back to Kate and Allie's Greenwich Village brownstone), "Newhart" (a teen-ager develops a crush on Joanna) and "Designing Women" (a scruffy gas-station owner gets free interior decorating service). CBS' newcomer tonight is "Frank's Place" at 8, a comedy centering on Frank Parrish, a professor from New England who inherits a New Orleans restaurant. Tim Reid and his wife, Daphne Maxwell Reid, co-star. At 10, CBS concludes the second half of "Cagney & Lacey's" fifth-season finale, in which Cagney grows increasingly despondent over her father's death. MOVIES: "Irreconcilable Differences" with Shelley Long, Ryan O'Neal and Drew Barrymore (9 on NBC). SPORTS: Orioles vs. Toronto Bluejays (7:30 on 20 and 20).
TUESDAY SHE'S THE SHERIFF at 7:30 on 4
AIDS AWARENESS TEST at 8 on 5
HOUSTON KNIGHTS at 8 on 9
BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL at 10 on 7 CBS says it may preempt "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light" today to carry the confirmation hearings for Judge Robert Bork. Tonight's 7:30 sitcom on 4 is "She's the Sheriff," starring Suzanne Somers as a widow who took over her late husband's job. "Houston Knights" returns at 8 on CBS with an episode about a blind woman who was assaulted. (Channel 11 opts instead for "The Shootist" at 8:30 starring John Wayne.) At 10, ABC's Barbara Walters talks with Fawn Hall, former secretary to Lt. Col. Oliver North, and updates earlier chats with Debra Winger and Bette Midler. Tonight, WJLA begins closed-captioning its "Late Edition" news at 11 (repeating at 1:30). Among the repeats is an Emmy-nominated episode of "Moonlighting" (9 on 7) in which Maddie makes her choice between Sam and David. MOVIES: "Patton" (Part 1) at 8 on 20; "The Shootist" with John Wayne (8:30 on 11); "A Soldier's Story" with Howard E. Rollins Jr. and Adolph Caesar (9 on 9).
WEDNESDAY WORKING IT OUT: KIDS AND RACE at 8 on 5
BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY at 8 on ABC
THE OLDEST ROOKIE at 8 on CBS
WISEGUY at 9 on CBS
I WOULD BE CALLED JOHN at 9 on PBS "You Can't Take It With You" (7:30 on 4) stars Harry Morgan and Lois Nettleton in a sitcom based on the Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman play and film. At 8, WTTG offers an hour-long special in its "For Kids' Sake" series, this one called "Working It Out: Kids and Race." It's a discussion among nine youngsters from differing backgrounds about racial prejudices and stereotypes. And at the same time, ABC carries a three-hour special called "Blessings of Liberty," in which David Brinkley, Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel trace the history of the United States Constitution, using reenactments. (ABC carries a one-hour "Celebration of Citizenship" news special at 1, preempting "All My Children.") Back for their new seasons are "Highway to Heaven" at 8 (in a two-parter, a childless married couple meet an orphan, thanks to a lost dog) and "St. Elsewhere" at 10 (the hospital isn't demolished after all), with "A Year in the Life" tucked between at 9. Having rerun the earlier special in several parts, NBC continues the story of the Gardner family and its widowed patriarch, Joe (Richard Kiley). On CBS' new "The Oldest Rookie" at 8, Paul Sorvino plays Ike Porter, a former deputy chief of police who leaves his desk job to become a street-beat officer. His free-wheeling young partner, Tony, is played by D.W. Moffett. In the two-hour preview of "Wiseguy" (9 on CBS), Ken Wahl plays a undercover agent who infiltrates the Atlantic City underworld. Jonathan Banks and Ray Sharkey co-star. And on all three PBS stations at 9, Charles Durning offers a one-man show recreating the five years that Angelo Roncalli served as Pope John XXIII. His performance is "I Would Be Called John." MOVIES: "Patton" (Part 2) at 8 on 20. SPORTS: White House Tennis Tournament (9 on 5).
THURSDAY OUT OF THIS WORLD at 7:30 on 4
BOB HOPE SPECIAL at 8:30 on NBC
THE CONSTITUTIONAL GALA at 9 on CBS
NIGHT COURT at 9:30 on NBC CBS this morning offers a three-hour special at 9 a.m. called "We the People 200: The Constitution Parade." Later, at 9, the network carries "The Constitutional Gala" from Philadelphia Civic Center Convention Hall with celebrities ranging from former Chief Justice Warren Burger to Rich Little, Gregory Peck and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. On WRC at 7:30, Donna Pescow gets the lead in the new "Out of This World," playing the mother of a young girl who discovers on her 13th birthday that her dad was an alien and that she possesses special powers. At 8, CBS reruns the black-tie "Muppets" Celebration of 30 Years," and NBC offers a repeat episode of "The Cosby Show" that was nominated for Emmys for directing, editing and sound mixing. Stay tuned for a Bob Hope special in which Hope is accused of selling jokes to cable television. Tony Randall appears in this spoof of the Iran-Contra hearings. At 9:30, NBC brings back "Night Court" for a new season with the second part of a story that began last spring: attorney Christine Sullivan is on the list to become a Municipal Court judge, to the dismay of her jealous colleague, Dan Fielding. Tonight's installment of "L.A. Law" is a rerun of the 1987 season finale. ABC returns "Sledge Hammer!" at 8 and "The Charmings" at 8:30. Among the repeats is an acknowledgement of Jim Henson's 30 years in the puppet business. The Muppets are among more than 200 of Henson's creations to help celebrate at 8. MOVIES: "Mr. Mom" (9 on ABC).
FRIDAY CBS SUMMER PLAYHOUSE at 8
RAGS TO RICHES at 8 on NBC
20/20 at 10 on ABC Teri Copley, Tom Villard and John Hillner are back on "She's Got It Made," a sitcom that may seem familiar -- but these are new episodes. NBC's "Rags to Riches" gets its two-hour season premiere (Clapper and the girls visit Last Vegas, where Nick is working undercover for the CIA -- and where this episode was filmed), up against ABC's "Growing Pains" and then "Max Headroom." CBS offers two more stories on its Summer Playhouse series: at 8, Dorian Harewood stars as a widower with a teen-age daughter in "Kingpins," about a family-run bowling alley; at 8:30, Kenneth McMillan stars in "Sons of Gunz" as a hard-headed New Jersey car dealer with four boys. NBC's "Private Eye" settles into its 10 p.m. slot with a story about a Hollywood starlet (Susan Blakely) who hires Cleary to find out if her mobster boyfriend is being unfaithful. Ed Marinaro co-stars. Having moved from its long-time Thursday slot, ABC's "20/20" begins its 10th year with a new day and a Barbara Walters interview with the legendary Katharine Hepburn. SATURDAY ONCE A HERO at 8 on ABC
THE GOLDEN GIRLS at 9 on NBC
MAMA'S BOY at 9:30 on NBC
MISS AMERICA at 10 on NBC CBS introduces its Saturday line-up today with a collection of newcomers and returning favorites. WDCA's newcomers include "The New Monkees" at 5:30 with Larry Saltis, Dino Kovas, Jared Chandler and Marty Ross. In the evening, NBC reruns the eighth-season finale of "Facts of Life," Fox stations encore the two-hour series premiere of "Werewolf" at 8, and CBS offers "It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown." Also at 8, ABC premieres "Once a Hero" starring Jeff Lester as Captain Justice, a comic-book hero come to life. "The Golden Girls" is back for the season at 9 with an episode about Sophia's new friend who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, followed by a new once-a-month series called "Mama's Boy" at 9:30. Bruce Weitz, formerly of "Hill Street Blues," plays Jake McCasky, a newspaper columnist who is obliged to share his bachelor pad with his mother (Nancy Walker). Stay tuned for the 34th live telecast of the Miss America Pageant at 10 from Atlantic City, with Gary Collins as host and Kellye Cash as the reigning titleholder. On "Desperate," ABC's made-for-TV movie at 9:30, John Savage plays a Florida man, troubled by an event in his past, who sees a chance for redemption through a plot that reunites him with his ex-girlfriend (Meg Foster). New for night owls: Channel 45 offers the season premiere of "Solid Gold" at 11 with host Marilyn McCoo (at 1:30 a.m. on 20); WUSA introduces "George Schlatter's Comedy Club" weekly showcase of comedians at midnight, and WRC premieres "It's Showtime at the Apollo" at 2 a.m. Valerie Bertinelli is the host on a repeat installment of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." SPORTS: College football: North Carolina State at Wake Forest (noon on ABC); West Virginia at Maryland (noon on 50); Utah at Wisconsin (noon on 66); Alabama vs. Florida (12:30 on 56); Georgia at Clemson (2:30 on CBS); Boston College at Southern California (3:30 on 7); California at Minnesota (7 on 50), and one baseball game, Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees (1:30 on 2).
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Dick Cavett hosts a new edition of "College Bowl" beginning today at 5:30 p.m. with the opening round between Cornell and Minnesota.
HOME TEAM SPORTS
Sunday, Orioles at Boston Red Sox at 1; Tuesday, Orioles at Tortonto Blue Jays at 7:30; Friday, Boston Red Sox at Orioles at 8, and Saturday, Urah at Wisconsin at noon.
Susan Lucci hosts new "The Working Women's Survival Hour," Lifetime's first in-house special (Wednesday at 8).