Paul Sorvino, who starred in the 1972 hit Broadway play and the film version a decade later, plays the coach in the 1999 adaptation of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "That Championship Season," premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. on Showtime.
This time Sorvino not only acts but also directs the story, which centers around the 20th anniversary reunion of a Scranton, Pa., state high school basketball championship team.
In the original Broadway production, Sorvino played one of the star players and Richard A. Dysart portrayed the coach. Sorvino had the same role in the 1982 movie, with Robert Mitchum as the coach.
The four players who helped beat a favored Philadelphia team in an exciting state championship game are played by Vincent D'Onofrio, Terry Kinney, Tony Shalhoub and Gary Sinise, who is also executive producer of the Showtime-MGM Worldwide Television film.
Miller, who wrote the screenplay and directed the 1982 film, also wrote the screenplay for this version. It repeats June 16 at 10 p.m. and June 19 at 11:45 a.m.
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* Sunday on Lifetime at 8 p.m., Anjelica Huston hosts the third annual "Lifetime Women's Film Festival," a two-hour festival of five short films directed by female independent filmmakers.
* Sunday on TLC at 9 p.m., "TLC Presents" offers "Secret History of . . . Bikers" and, an hour later, "Harley Davidson: Born To Be Wild," with tales about and for motorcycle enthusiasts.
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CAPTION: Paul Sorvino directs and plays the coach in the 1999 version of "That Championship Season," which debuts Sunday at 8 p.m. on Showtime.