The Redskins-Dallas rivalry this season hangs on the effects of the NFL players' strike: quarterback Danny White has been on the Cowboys' roster but the 'Skins have been playing without Jay Schroeder or Doug Williams. And the game counts. Also this week, the World Series continues, the Caps face Philadelphia, and Maryland meets Duke on the ACC gridiron. TV movies bring back the Bradens ("Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion"), focus on the rights of grandparents ("Conspiracy of Love"), schizophrenia ("Strange Voices"), and a mother-son police team starring Debbie Reynolds ("Sadie and Son"). SUNDAY EIGHT IS ENOUGH: A FAMILY REUNION at 9 on NBC
CONSPIRACY OF LOVE at 9 on CBS
Whatever happened to the Bradfords? They've increased, that's what, with the addition of two by marriage and the casting of Mary Frann to play Tom Bradford's wife. All of them gather tonight to celebrate Tom's 50th birthday. On CBS, Robert Young pairs up with young Drew Barrymore in a story about a Chicago barber whose former daughter-in-law (Glynnis O'Connor) decides he's a bad influence on his granddaughter. She gets a restraining order to keep the little girl from him and her grandmother (Elizabeth Wilson), who has become caught up in the the family struggle. Called "Conspiracy of Love," the show focuses on the rights of grandparents. Fox stations shuffle their shows tonight, moving "Werewolf" to the 8 p.m. slot behind "21 Jump Street," then "Married ... With Children" at 8:30, "The Tracy Ullman Show" at 9 and "Duet" at 9:30. (The previous occupants, "Mr. President" and newcomer "Women in Prison," move to Saturday.) Guests: Hope Lange, Doug McClure and Fritz Weaver on "Murder, She Wrote" (8 on CBS). MOVIES: "The Goodbye Girl" (9 a.m. on 2); "Giant" (1 on 13); "Love at First Bite" (2 on 5); "Rififi" (2:30 on 56); "The Shaggy Dog" (part one) at 7 on ABC; "The Great Santini" (2 a.m. on 13). SPORTS: World Series, game two (8 on ABC). MONDAY WASHINGTON at DALLAS at 9 on ABC
STRANGE VOICES at 9 on NBC
GLOBAL LINKS at 10 on 26
Yes, you'll probably be glued to ABC at 9 for the Washington-Dallas rivalry, but if you're not, try NBC for Nancy McKeon's performance as a young woman whose life is shattered by the onset of schizophrenia. Valerie Harper plays her mother and Stephen Macht, Tricia Fisher and Robert Krantz co-star in the story, for which 21-year-old McKeon served as executive producer. Best-known to television audiences as Jo on NBC's "The Facts of Life," she has been in show-biz since she was 2. At 10, WETA begins "Global Links," hosted, directed and produced by Jaime Martin-Escobal. The series, filmed entirely on location, examines life in the Third World, and tonight focuses on customs and lifestyle under the title "Traditions and the 20th Century." Note: "Twenty-Minute Workout" is back, at 6:30 a.m on 50. Guests: Chuck Berry on "The Tonight Show" (11:30 on 4 and 54). MOVIES: "The Third Man" (4 on 53); "On Golden Pond" (8 on 45). TUESDAY MATLOCK at 8 on NBC
THE RING OF TRUTH at 9 on PBS
Afternoon note: James Earl Jones stars on CBS' Schoolbreak Special, "Soldier Boys," at 4, with original theme music composed by Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby and score by Peter Harris of Bruce Hornsby and the Range. At night, Nancy Frangione, Christopher Norris and Sherry Hursey portray three women who learn that they were all married to the same man -- and now he's been murdered, on NBC's "Matlock" at 8. PBS stations begin a six-part series called "The Ring of Truth" that explores how scientists work. Physics professor Phillip Morrison of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a man who helped develop the atom bomb, hosts the series. Tonight he explains how telescopes and lens-making opened the wonders of the heavens to Italian scientists (i.e. Galileo) during the Renaissance and are still the centerpiece of scientific inquiry. Another entry in the "Independent View" series follows: Allen Moore's "See How They Love One Another" about a white priest and his black parishioners on Chicago's South Side, and "When Sound Is Silent," Ray Schmitt's portrait of sign-language interpreter Barry Nickelsberg. Guests: Alex Cord and Jill Whelan on "The Law and Harry McGraw" (10 on CBS). MOVIES: "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (4 on 53); "Without a Trace" (8 on 5). SPORTS: World Series, game three (8 on ABC).
WEDNESDAY MARK RUSSELL COMEDY SPECIAL at 8 on PBS
SADIE AND SON at 9 on CBS
BETTE MIDLER: ART OR BUST at 9 on 22/67
Political satirist Mark Russell returns at 8 for his 13th season of comedy-and-song specials, including a collection of his favorite pieces from past programs and the annual year-in-review show. Debbie Reynolds and Brian McNamara pair up as Sadie and Noli Rothman, mother and son crime-fighters, in CBS' "Sadie and Son." It seems that Mom has decided to retire rather than take a desk job at the station house, but she becomes such a top-notch neighborhood crime fighter that she's offered her old job back. She also manages to get her son, an unemployed aspiring comedian, onto the police force with her. Sam Wanamaker co-stars as Marty Goldstein, Sadie's beau and operator of a delicatessen. If that doesn't interest you, give the hour to bawdy Bette Midler in an hour-long showcase of her humor, songs, outrageous costumes and wild stage effects. That's right after MPT stations' Maryland satire series, "Crabs," and just before an hour-long Project Literary U.S. (PLUS) program hosted by David Birney called "A Job to Be Done." MOVIES: "The Gunfighter" (8 on 50). Note: It's a long way from a four-star movie, but "The Terror of Tiny Town" (9 on 53) may be unique in moviemaking: It's about an Old West town populated by midgets who run under the bar's swinging doors. SPORTS: World Series, game four (8 on ABC). THURSDAY LORD PETER WIMSEY at 9 on PBS
L.A. LAW at 10 on NBC
If you aren't one of those who set your dial on NBC for all of Thursday night, check out another Dorothy L. Sayers story on PBS' "Mystery!" at 9. Otherwise, fans of "L.A. Law" will find a small claims court judge who must rule on whether a cursing parrot should be returned to a merchant, Kelsey's defense of a psychiatrist who didn't report a murderer's plans to mutilate another patient, and a charity auction in which Arnie Becker offers himself as a date to the highest bidder. MOVIES: "The Lady Vanishes" (2 on 56); "Gentleman's Agreement" (12:30 a.m. on 45). SPORTS: Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 on 20).
FRIDAY IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN at 8 on CBS
GARFIELD'S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE at 8:30 on CBS
DANCE IN AMERICA at 9 on PBS
AMERICAN MASTERS at 10 on PBS
Early in the evening, plunk the kids down for two classic Halloween animations, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "Garfield's Halloween Adventure," both on CBS. The latter won an Emmy. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Valda Setterfield, members of the American Ballet Theatre and members of the David Gordon Pick-Up Company perform three modern works: "Valda and Misha" (commissioned by "Dance in America" for this program), "TV Nine Lives," which salutes two American figures, the cowboy and the vaudevillian; and "Murder," a comic vehicle for Baryshinikov and ABT danced to Berlioz' "Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale" with sets and costumes by Edward Gorey. The hour features cartoon-style video graphics created by Jon Sanborn and Mary Perillo to link the three segments. Stay tuned for an "American Masters" documentary saluting the Negro Ensemble Company and its two decades of work. MOVIES: "Diner" (8 on 20); "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (12:30 a.m. on 45).
SATURDAY TRYING TIMES at 7 on 26
ALL-STAR GALA AT FORD'S THEATER at 9 on ABC
Teri Garr stars in the second edition of "Trying Times" on WETA, playing an art historian without much practical knowledge who is trying to learn to drive. Each episode of this series features name stars. Creator/producer Jon S. Denny says: "When times are hard and full of knots and edges, that's when the need to laugh is greatest ... There is something about despair, anxiety and utter hopelessness which brings out the best in people: the attitude that you should never take it too seriously." All of the series' protagonists manage to survive their difficult situations with humor. At 9, ABC, which has dumped "Once a Hero," airs in the "All-Star Gala at Ford's Theater." The party features Don Johnson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Beatrice Arthur, Glen Campbell, Norm Crosby, David Copperfield, Maureen McGovern and others, including First Lady Nancy Reagan. Fox brings "Mr. President" to the 8 p.m. slot, followed by new "Women in Prison," "The New Adventures of Beans Baxter," and "Second Chance." MOVIES: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (on "The Wonderful World of Disney") at 7 on 22/67; "The Elephant Man" (2:30 a.m. on 5). SPORTS: Duke at Maryland (noon on 7 and 13); Pittsburgh at Navy (noon on 50); World Series, game six, if necessary (3:30 on ABC).
CABLE NOTES CINEMAX "Crazy About the Movies: Natalie Wood," airing Sunday, focuses on a woman whose star began rising when she was 9 and appeared in "Miracle on 34th Street." The documentary uses film clips and interviews (Elizabeth Taylor, Dyan Cannon, Elia Kazan, Sydney Pollack and playwright Mart Crowley).
HOME BOX OFFICE
Billy Joel's concert in the Soviet Union airs Saturday under the title "HBO World Stage: Billy Joel From Leningrad, USSR."
HOME TEAM SPORTS
Wednesday, UCLA at George Mason (soccer) at 7:30; Friday, Los Angeles Lakers at Washington Bullets (basketball) at 8; Saturday, Michigan at Indiana (football) at 3, Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals (hockey) at 7:30.
Sunday at 11 a.m., Jose Napoleon Duarte, president of El Salvador, addresses the National Press Club. Friday at 5:30, Vice President George Bush speaks in Seattle. Saturday, two speakers address the National Press Club: at 6, Gen. Alexander Haig, former Secretary of State and Republican presidential candidate, and at 11:30 p.m., humorist Garrison Keillor. At 7:30 on Saturday, Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, addresses the American Bankers Association annual convention.