CBS (8 p.m. ET)
Take a meek scientist (Bill Bixby), expose him to an overdose of gamma rays, and SHAZAM! He becomes the seven-foot Hulk (played by iron-pumper Lou Ferrigno). The Six Million Dollar Man gets solid competition from this two-hour special based on the Marvel Comics character.
ABC (9 p.m. ET)
Howard Cosell and Telly Savalas comment on the antics of 30 network stars as they compete for a not-so-laughable $400,000 in prize money. Team captains are Gabe Kaplan of ABC's Welcome Back, Kotter, Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty (NBC) and Jimmie Walker of CBS's Good Times.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
ABC (9 p.m. ET)
Ken Norton, the most ambitious movie actor-fighter since Primo Camera (Ken's been decisioned twice by Muhammad Ali and by countless critics), faces the dogged Young, hoping to earn his fourth shot at the Champ.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 through MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7
NBC (9 p.m. ET)
On the heels of Washington: Behind Closed Doors and 79 Park Avenue, NBC has combined two books (Aspen and The Adversary) in this latest three-night, six-hour "novel for television." All the familiar ingredients are here: a "woman with jaded appetites" (Michelle Phillips), a "gigolo" (Perry King) charged with slaying a teenage girl, and a gaggle of lawyers (Sam Elliot, John Houseman and Joseph Cotten) battling in court.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
NBC (7 p.m. ET)
Singer Leif (Surfin' USA) Garrett rides a different wave in this two-hour special as a 15-year-old Pony Express rider who braves the wilderness from Nebraska to California. If the show is not ambushed by poor ratings, it may return as a mid-season replacement series in January.
PBC (check local listings)
MT shines again with the rich tale of a corrupt imperial family and a power lust that leads to murder, incest, debauchery and ultimately the fall of ancient Rome. A distinguished cast headed by Derek Jacobi (as the limping, stuttering Emperor Claudius) is directed by Herbert Wise in this 13-part adaptation of Robert Graves' 1934 best-seller.