CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

Family man Mike (M*A*S*H) Farrell's life becomes a nightmare when he's accused of a string of sex murders. Reporter Teri (Close Encounters) Garr helps set the record straight, but not before this disturbing TV movie launches a few barbs (like the current film Absence of Malice) at the power of the press.

Syndicated (check local listings)

Peter Graves hosts a one-hour science special drawn from the pages of Time Inc.'s DISCOVER magazine. The first show of what may become a series of specials features bombardier beetles, an MIT robot contest and research on heart attacks, the sun, earthquake predictions and dreams.

PBS (check local listings)

Renata Scotto, Teresa Stratas and Jose Carreras star in a production of Puccini's classic opera, designed and directed by Franco Zeffirelli.


CBS (8-9 p.m. ET)

Dean Jones, Ricky Schroder, Eileen Brennan and the Gatlin Brothers frolic through an endless commercial for the Florida amusement park. It's all as clean, wholesome and inspiring as an individually wrapped slice of American cheese.


NBC (10-11 p.m. ET)

Yesterday's Today show host, Tom Brokaw, returns to nighttime news as narrator of this documentary about the overwhelming frustrations faced by six Dade County, Fla. narcotics agents in trying to stem the South American drug traffic.


NBC (8-8:30 p.m. ET)

Still hot after all these years, Mickey Rooney, the 61-year-old star of Broadway's Sugar Babies, tries his hand at a sitcom for the first time since 1964's Mickey. He plays a retired gent who moves in with his grandson and his college roommate—but will Rooney prove an artful lodger? (Premiere)


CBS (4-7 p.m. ET)

After a topsy-turvy season, the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers try to upend each other at the Pontiac Silverdome in professional football's championship game.

ABC (8-9 p.m. ET)

Erstwhile Ubermensch Christopher Reeve explains how the man of steel was filmed. The show also includes interviews with co-stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder.

ABC (9-11:15 p.m. ET)

Henry Fonda, Karl Maiden, Sean Connery, Martin Landau, Brian Keith and Natalie Wood star in the silly 1979 disaster movie.

NBC (10-11 p.m. ET)

One week before the 100th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt's birth, correspondent John Hart hosts this retrospective look through film clips at the man who shaped modern American government more than any other President.


NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Besieged babysitter Carol Kane finds that a maniac wants to reach out, reach out and touch someone in this jangling 1979 chiller, which also stars Charles Durning as a cop. The gorier scenes have been edited for TV, but it's still violent.

PBS (check local listings)

Maestro Leonard conducts Ludwig's nine symphonies and other works in this new 11-part weekly series. The music is performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. (Premiere)