Reports from the Reagan-Gorbachev summit will cause some shows to be preempted this week. But look for three cartoon Christmas classics -- Charlie Brown, Dr. Seuss' Grinch and Frosty the Snowman -- and a new one built around Yogi Bear. Made-for-TV movies include one with a Christmas theme (a vagabond decides to drop in on his son and grandchildren), one built around a contract for murder, another concerning the struggle of a blind couple to adopt children. Look for Barbara Walters' interview special, an anti-apartheid play, a docudrama based on the summit at Reykjavik, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards. Premieres: a series by Bill Moyers and new Miss Marple mysteries on PBS and the return of "The Bronx Zoo" on NBC. The Redskins, Bullets and Capitals all face action, as well as Georgetown, George Mason, James Madison, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Radford.
SUNDAY DOWNPAYMENT ON MURDER at 9 on NBC
A HOBO'S CHRISTMAS at 9 on CBS
MASTERPIECE THEATER at 9 on 22/67
JENNINGS-KOPPEL REPORT at 10 on ABC
ANGEL OF DEATH at 11 on 5 Connie Sellecca and Ben Gazzara star in a drama inspired by the true story of a physically abused young mother whose husband hired a hit-man to murder her after she took the kids and walked out. David Morse, John Karlen and G.W. Bailey co-star. Over on CBS, Barnard Hughes plays a vagabond who decides to drop in on his son (Gerald McRaney), a policeman and widower with two children, in "A Hobo's Christmas." Dad, satisfied with his life drifting around the country, hankers to see his son and meet his grandchildren, and so hops a freight for a surprise Christmas reunion. But the son still resents the fact that his father ran out on him and his mother years ago. Writer/producer Joe Byrne based the story on a teen-age friend and the boy's father. At the same time, Maryland PBS stations carry a 90-minute Masterpiece Theater entry, "Northanger Abbey," starring Katharine Schlesinger and Peter Firth in Jane Austen's spoof of the melodramatic, bodice-ripping Gothic novels popular in the 1800s. ABC newsmen Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel pair up for an hour-long news report focusing on the Gorbachev-Reagan summit here this week. And Fox Television checks in with a one-hour special telling the story of hospital aide Donald Harvey, the country's most prolific serial killer, who confessed to murdering 58 people over 17 years -- nine of them within 10 months. WETA offers three hours for "Dr. Who" fans and an evening of Christmas programs as its winter pledge finale, while WHMM continues its drive through Saturday. Guests: Harry Morgan, Martha Scott and Jeffrey Lynn reprising the roles they played in a 1949 film, "Strange Bargain," and June Havoc, Richard Beymer, Susan Strasberg and Gloria Stuart, on "Murder She Wrote" at 8. SPORTS: Redskins vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1 on CBS). MONDAY YOGI'S FIRST CHRISTMAS at 8 on 5
EYE ON THE SPARROW at 8:30 on NBC
BREAKTHROUGH AT REYKJAVIK at 9 on 26 The animators from Hanna-Barbera offer a two-hour animated special built around a hibernating Yogi Bear and little BooBoo, who are awakened by a noisy holiday celebration at Jellystone Lodge. On NBC's "Eye on the Sparrow," Mare Winningham and Keith Carradine play Ethel and James Lee, a blind couple who challenged adoption laws that discriminated against them. The true story follows the progress of the Lees, who became foster parents to more than 50 children and eventually had a child of their own. Conchata Ferrell also stars. NBC News plans a special summit report at 10:30. WETA offers "Who Built Stonehenge?" at 8 and follows with a Granada Television production, "Breakthrough at Reykjavik," on the eve of the second historic meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. The docudrama is based on off-the-record talks with American and Soviet participants in the meetings at Iceland, their notes on the summit and behind-the-scenes discussions, and on extracts from the official Soviet and American records of the talks. English actor Timothy West stars as Gorbachev and Canadian actor Robert Beatty as Reagan. Anthony Bate appears as Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, Shane Rimmer plays Secretary of State George Shultz, Jerry Harte is Paul Nitze and Bruce Boa portrays Donald Regan. After the 52-minute "Breakthrough," Marvin Kalb anchors a program that includes videotape segments, discussions and live interviews with some of those who were present at the October summit meeting. Guests: Dennis Christopher, Morgan Stevens and Jane Greer on "The Law & Harry McGraw" (10 on CBS). SPORTS: Highlights of the April Hagler-Leonard bout (8 on HBO); New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (9 on ABC). TUESDAY BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL at 9 on ABC On her own version of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," ABC's ace interviewer Barbara Walters gets a ride in Don Johnson's speedboat, an invitation to play pool with Eddie Murphy and a visit to Sean Connery's home in Marbella, Spain, decorated by his wife Micheline, a French artist. On WETA, "Nova" looks at arthritis on an installment entitled "Riddle of the Joints," and follows with "Shadowlands," the story of author C.S. Lewis and the woman who wrote him a fan letter and became his wife. Guests: Leslie Nielsen on "Who's the Boss?" (8 on ABC). SPORTS: Washington Bullets at New York Knicks (7:30 on 20). WEDNESDAY FROSTY THE SNOWMAN at 8 on CBS
GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS at 9 on CBS
MOYERS: GOD AND POLITICS at 9 on 26
THE BRONX ZOO at 10 on NBC When Bill Moyers looks at a topic, he generally does it in a graceful and thorough manner. So consider his three-part series, "God and Politics," looking at how religious beliefs are shaping political events here and abroad. Tonight he talks about upheaval in Central America that pits mainstream American Christians against fundamentalists in a theological and political duel that has historic consequences. Over on CBS, six artists -- Roy Acuff, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, B.B. King and Isaac Stern -- receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Beverly Sills and Dionne Warwick host. The presentation was taped before a black-tie audience at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York in November. NBC shuffles its schedule tonight, pushing "St. Elsewhere" up to 9 in place of "A Year in the Life" and bringing "The Bronx Zoo" to the 10 p.m. slot. Ed Asner returns as the high school principal who must deal with his faculty and staff as well as the students. Elsewhere this evening, catch "Frosty the Snowman," which premiered in 1969 with the voice of Jackie Vernon as Frosty; and WTTG's monthly local news shows: "Eight O'Clock Hot" (three Washington Christmas fantasies) and "WTTG Reports" (a review of new toys, some dangerous). THURSDAY MYSTERY! Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis at 9 on PBS Note: At press time, word was that President Reagan may preempt part of tonight's schedule to talk to the nation about his meetings this week with Mikhail Gorbachev. PBS' "Mystery!" begins a new eight-part Agatha Christie series at 9. In "Nemesis," sleuth Jane Marple (Joan Hickson) gets a bequest with a stipulation that she investigate a long-ago crime. "Knots Landing" concludes a two-part episode in which Laura says her final goodbyes via videotaped messages. Over on NBC, Theo worries about his sister Vanessa's reputation on "The Cosby Show," Denise Huxtable gets a crush on a professor, Cliff achieves a minor miracle on "Cheers," "Night Court" concludes its two-parter and "L.A. Law" finds Brackman awaiting the results of his AIDS test and Van Owen giving advice to a stripper. Guests/additions: Karl Bruskotter, identical twin of Eric Bruskotter (Pvt. Scott Baker) on "Tour of Duty" (8 on CBS); Delta Burke as Rick's former girlfriend on "Simon & Simon" (9 on CBS). SPORTS: Exhibition hockey: United States vs. Soviet Union (8 on 5). FRIDAY A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at 8 on CBS
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at 8:30 on CBS
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Asinamali! at 9 on 26, 10 on 22/67
20/20 at 10 on ABC Two more cartoon classics: "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which launched the now-famous series of animated "Peanuts"s specials when it aired on Dec. 9, 1965, and Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966), narrated by Boris Karloff, who is also the voice of the Grinch and other characters in the production. PBS' "Asinamali!" is an anti-apartheid play set in a South African prison outside Johannesburg. In song and story, five black inmates tell how they came to be in jail; their memories of life outside the prison take viewers to other locations. The play was written by Mbongeni Ngema, 31, a South African actor who makes a guest appearance. At the same time, on ABC's "20/20," Barbara Walters interviews real estate tycoon Donald Trump and his wife Ivana. SPORTS: Basketball: James Madison at Indiana (7 on 56); Washington Bullets at Detroit Pistons (7:30 on 20). SATURDAY NATURE at 6 on 26
THE FACTS OF LIFE at 8 on NBC
MRS. DELAFIELD WANTS TO MARRY at 8 on CBS PBS' "Nature" airs a film by Maresh Bedi that includes rare footage of three eight-week-old tiger cubs growing up in the wild and follows their progress until they are a year old. The installment was filmed in Khana National Park, a reserve to protect the tiger population. At 8, Katharine Hepburn appears as an aristocratic widow who defies local convention and shocks her children when she decides to spend the rest of her life with Dr. Marvin Elias (Harold Gould), a divorced Jewish physician. The elderly lovers' story is told in a repeat movie, "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry." NBC's "The Facts of Life" tonight is based on the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life": Santa Claus (Churck McCann) shows Beverly Ann (Cloris Leachman) how different the lives of her Peekskill "family" would be without her. SPORTS: Basketball: Notre Dame at DePaul (1:30 on NBC); George Mason vs. Radford (2 on 66); Maryland at Louisiana State (2:30 on ABC); Amateur Boxing: U.S. vs. Cuba from Cuba (4:30 on ABC).
CABLE NOTES C-SPAN Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, events surrounding the Reagan-Gorbachev summit meeting at 8; Wednesday and Thursday, Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the Ellipse; Saturday, National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award, this year to David Brinkley.
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Tuesday, Capitals vs. Calgary Flames at 7:30; Wednesday, Bullets vs. Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30; Thursday, Virginia Tech at Georgetown at 7:30; Friday, Baltimore Blast at Wichita Wings at 9. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 Robert Beatty as President Reagan in "Breakthrough at Reykjavik" on WETA.
Eric Bruskotter (right, as Pvt. Scott Baker, and his twin brother Karl, on "Tour of Duty" Thursday. Mare Winningham and Keith Carradine as Ethel and James Lee (with Avian Wendel as their child) in "Eye on the Sparrow" Monday.