First Lady Barbara Bush is the honorary chairman and is joined by President Bush as the guests of honor at "A Festival at Ford's Theater: The Stars Salute the President," a Fourth of July celebration on Turner Broadcast System Wednesday at 8:05 p.m.
The 90-minute salute, taped on March 25, is hosted by Valerie Harper and John Forsythe. Stars include Tony Bennett, Tommy Tune, Vic Damone, Dick Capri, Diane Schurr and George Bush impersonator Jim Morris. The list of stars for the benefit to support the theater's operating and development fund includes a number of top country (the president's favorite kind of music) performers including Roy Clark, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Janie Fricke, and Tanya Tucker. Encore, July 10 at 12:35 a.m.
Sunday on USA at 10 p.m. is the premiere of "Counterstrike," a new series with Christopher Plummer and Simon MacCorkindale, Cyrielle Claire and Stephen Shellen. Plummer plays a rich and powerful man whose personal traumas compel him to put together an anti-crime strike force. The one-hour episodes will also be aired on Saturdays at 7 p.m.
Tuesday on The Nashville Network at 8 p.m. the Man in Black talks candidly about his life in a 60-minute special, "Johnny Cash: An Inside Look."
Tuesday on The Learning Channel at 7:30 p.m. host Paul Maguire kicks off "Sports Training Camp." Maguire, an ex-pro linebacker, is a former punter. Baseball, football, basketball and soccer stars and coaches take part in the 13-week series designed for youth, high school and college athletes and their families. Weekly encores on Wednesdays at 2 a.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.
Wednesday on American Movie Classics Pennsylvania gets a double salute with John Wayne and Marlene Dietrich in "Pittsburgh" (9 p.m. and 1 a.m.) and "Allegheny Uprising" (7 and 11 p.m.) with Wayne and Claire Trevor.
Wednesday on The Nashville Network at 9 p.m. a 90-minute special, "Texas and Tennessee ... A Musical Affair," pays tribute to a bond between the two states created by their mutual passion for country music. Repeats at midnight.
Thursday on Bravo at 9 p.m. Akira Kurosawa's "Kagemusha" (co-produced in America by George Lucas and Francis Coppola). Spectacular action scenes, filmed over nine months, helped make the film a co-winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival.
Saturday on ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing through July 15, the sports network brings on-the-scene coverage of "U.S. Olympic Festival -- '90" from Minneapolis and St. Paul. At least 11 sports will be featured in the daily late-afternoon and prime-time segments.
Saturday on Showtime at 10 p.m. Tommy Davidson returns home with a high-energy comedy special, "Tommy Davidson: Takin' It to D.C." Part of Fox's "In Living Color" ensemble cast, Davidson taped this show at George Washington University. Encores July 12, 20 and 29.
Saturday on Bravo at 8 p.m. the network airs its first original feature film, "The Missing Reel" (co-produced with Zed Limited in London). Written and directed by Christopher Rawlence, the docu-drama explores an enigma of cinema's early years: Why did Augustin Le Prince, pioneering inventor of the movie camera, vanish without a trace on the eve of his success? Rawlence lived in Le Prince's home in Leeds, England. His interest in the subject led him to London, Paris, New York and then to Memphis, Tenn., where in the home of Le Prince's great-grandson he discovered 150 pages of Le Prince's unpublished memoirs. They form the basis for the film and Rawlence's revelations of the behind-the-scenes manipulations by Thomas A. Edison, who turns out to be the principle suspect.