Kenny Rogers is back in the third of his "Gambler" movies, airing as a two-night miniseries over CBS. NBC offers Linda Lavin as a Jewish woman who helps dozens of Polish orphans find a new home in Israel. On PBS stations, a galaxy of stars show up for tributes to George Gershwin and Bing Crosby. The Redskins and the Bullets both face invaders from Los Angeles, and the Caps travel to Pittsburgh. SUNDAY DOLLY at 9 on ABC

THE GAMBLER III: THE LEGEND CONTINUES at 9 on CBS Dolly Parton takes her variety show home with her to Sevier County, Tenn., to celebrate Thanksgiving. And Parton's frequent duet partner shows up on the third "Gambler" series, playing Brady Hawkes again. This time, Hawkes offers to serve as mediator between the government and Sioux leaders over a proposed land-reform bill that would rob the Indians of millions of acres. Bruce Boxleitner is back as irrepressible Billy Montana, and Linda Gray turns up as an independent-minded schoolteacher. Also starring are Charles Durning as a fictional U.S. senator, sponsor of the bill; George Kennedy as the commander of the U.S. Army troops in the territory, Dean Stockwell as an Indian agent whose real-life counterpart was instrumental in the assassination of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull (Chief American Horse), and Jeffrey Jones is Buffalo Bill. The two-parter concludes on Tuesday. Guests: Cheech Marin on "The Tracey Ullman Show" (9 on 5 and 45). MOVIES: "The Empire Strikes Back" (8:30 on NBC). MONDAY LOS ANGELES RAMS AT REDSKINS at 9 on ABC

LENA: MY 100 CHILDREN at 9 on NBC The Los Angeles Rams visit RFK Stadium tonight for ABC's "Monday Night Football" match-up. If you're not a fan, consider Tony-winner Linda Lavin's performance as Lena Kuchler-Silberman, a real-life woman who helped nearly a hundred Polish orphans find a new life in Israel. On the series, MacGyver goes to his alma mater to judge a physics contest, Alf and the Tanner kids give Willie and Kate a second honeymoon, the Hogan children have nightmares after they watch a horror film, Kate and Allie may need a marriage counselor, Dick Louden stages a one-man 48-hour telethon, and Charlene is so enthralled with a military man that she pictures the "Designing Women" as USO performers. Guests: Jerry Stiller in "Tales From the Darkside" (10:30 on 20). MOVIES: "Amadeus" (8 on 45). TUESDAY CHARLIE BROWN SPECIALS on CBS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROLLING STONE at 9 on ABC CBS offers two Charlie Brown adventures: At 8 is the Emmy-winning Thanksgiving edition; the other is built around a high school homecoming. At 9, CBS concludes "The Gambler," and ABC offers the 20th anniversary special of Rolling Stone magazine. Highlights: Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding concerts, as well as Tina Turner, Sting, Aretha Franklin and others. Dennis Hopper hosts. WEDNESDAY

NORMAN ROCKWELL: AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT at 8 on PBS

JAY LENO'S FAMILY COMEDY HOUR at 10 on NBC PBS stations offer an hour-long retrospective of the work and life of painter Norman Rockwell, who captured a sentimental portrait of a simpler America in his illustrations. At 10, comedian Jay Leno offers a "Family Comedy Hour," with Beatrice Arthur of "The Golden Girls," Brian Bonsall of "Family Ties," Anne Schedeen of "Alf," and Richard Dysart, Corbin Bernsen and Susan Ruttan of "L.A. Law," plus Dick Van Patten, Don DeFore, John Hancock, Chao Chi Li, and quintessential moms Florence Henderson and Barbara Billingsley. MOVIES: "Gandhi" (Part one) at 9 on CBS. SPORTS: Bullets at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 on 20). THURSDAY THANKSGIVING PARADES on NBC, CBS

BUGS BUNNY/DAFFY DUCK on CBS

NORMAN ROCKWELL'S 'BREAKING HOME TIES' at 9 on ABC

THIS IS YOUR LIFE at 10 on NBC While the turkey bakes, watch a collection of Thanksgiving Day parades. NBC covers the Macy's parade from New York City, with Willard Scott as host; CBS checks in at parades around the country with hosts Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy from "Dallas." The afternoon offers pro football (Kansas City vs. Detroit at 12:30, Minnesota at Dallas at 4) as well as an Ice Skating Spectacular from Harvard's Bright Arena. In the evening, CBS brings out two of its animated Thanksgiving specials; and NBC's Thursday night line-up goes largely to repeats on "Cosby," "Different World" and "Mama's Boy." Only "Cheers" has a new episode: Woody dresses up as Mark Twain for a local play. And "L.A. Law" takes a breather in favor of a new "This Is Your Life" at 10, with veteran host Ralph Edwards and his guests, one a four-time Emmy winner, the other a two-time Grammy winner. ABC premieres a new drama starring Jason Robards and Eva Marie Saint as the parents of a young man (Douglas McKeon) who goes off to college, leaving an empty nest behind. It's called "Norman Rockwell's 'Breaking Home Ties,'" and is based on a Rockwell painting. Check out the movies today -- plenty of three- and four-star productions for children and adults, including "Stagecoach," "The Inspector General," "The Third Man," "In the Heat of the Night" and "Gandhi." FRIDAY DISNEY WORLD CELEBRITY CIRCUS at 8 on NBC

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at 8 on CBS

TENDER PLACES at 9 on 5

GREAT PERFORMANCES at 9 on 26

20/20 at 10 on ABC Children and the young-at-heart get two hours of circus celebrities tonight, including appearances by Malcolm-Jamal Warner of "The Cosby Show," Jim Varney, clown Denis Lacombe, the Berousek Bears, trapeze artist Mark Lotz and the Winn Troupe daredevils. On "Beauty and the Beast," Catherine Chandler investigates a voodoo-related death, only to learn that there is a demon with a likeness similar to Vincent's. At 9, WTTG offers a half-hour special called "Tender Places," about a child who suffers when his parents are divorced. Jean Stapleton and Frederick Koehler star. And Great Performances' entry is the first of a four-hour tribute to George Gershwin's Broadway career. Part two, also a two-hour production, airs next week. The stars include Liza Minnelli, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Johnny Green, Julia Migenes, Maureen McGovern, Bobby Short, Madeline Kahn, pianist Michael Feinstein and the London Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas hosts. If you're viewing WETA, stay tuned for a repeat of "Todd Duncan: A Mighty Voice." If not, turn to ABC at 10 for a look at a dangerous pet-care product still on the market, on "20/20." Guests: Lauren Hutton on "Falcon Crest" (10 on CBS) and David Steinberg on "The Tonight Show" (11:30 on 4 and 54). MOVIES: "M*A*S*H" (8 on 20); "Going My Way" (10:30 on 22/67). SATURDAY MURDER IN THREE ACTS at 8 on CBS

SABLE at 8 on ABC

REMEMBERING BING at 10 on PBS Public television stations, launching into pledge drives this week, offer some particularly good fare. This afternoon at 5:30, both Maryland Public Television stations and WETA carry classics: WETA's is the ice ballet version of "Sleeping Beauty" starring Olympic medalists Robin Cousins and Rosalynn Sumners; MPT's is Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of "The Nutcracker" performed by the American Ballet Theater with Gelsey Kirkland as Clara. Fox Stations run two episodes of "Mr. President" tonight, back-to-back, explaining what happened to the First Lady and how Madeline Kahn happened to join the cast. At 9, Peter Ustinov is back as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in a 1986 Agatha Christie mystery set in Acapulco. Poirot investigates the death of a minister by poisoning. That's up against ABC's new "Sable" at 8, featuring a hero with a double life (tonight he becomes involved with a woman who's being stalked by a killer). At 10, old friends share their memories of crooner Bing Crosby on a 90-minute special, "Remembering Bing." Among them are Bob Hope, with whom he made the "Road" shows; Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jane Wyman and Mel Torme. Dorothy Lamour hosts. Stay tuned for a one-hour episode of the old "Jack Benny Show" featuring Jack, George Burns and Bing Crosby doing a memorable song-and-dance routine. "Saturday Night Live" gets bumped tonight in favor of "Saturday Night's Main Event," featuring pro wrestlers. SPORTS: Tennis: Stakes Game (Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Pat Cash in a round-robin tournament) at 1 on 7; Golf: Skins Game (Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Fuzzy Zoeller from PGA West) at 3:30 on NBC; Hockey: Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 on 20); College Basketball: Big Apple Classic (9 on 66). Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint and Douglas McKeon in "Breaking Home Ties" Thursday on ABC. Balki (Bronson Pinchot, left) and Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) age 40 years in "Perfect Strangers." Leslie Carrington (Terri Garber) pursues Jeff Colby (John James) on the family jet on "Dynasty." Dr. Arthur Deco (Richard Moll, left) brings Sledge (David Rasche) back to life in "Sledge Hammer!" Carroll O'Connor (left) and Louis Gossett Jr. in "The Father Clements Story" Sunday on NBC. Another siting of a "Werewolf" on Fox stations. From "Soldiers" (Saturday at 9 on 26), narrated by Frederick Forsyth. Kris (Shannen Doherty) is harassed by the brother (Tony Colitti) of a man who mugged her grandfather on NBC's "Our House" Sunday at 7. Peter Ustinov returns as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in "Murder in Three Acts" encoring Saturday on CBS. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 38 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8

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