CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

Making her TV movie debut, Marsha Mason sensitively stars as the timid Niagara Falls housewife (see story, page 42) who turned into a tigress on discovering her children were being sickened by that infamous chemical dump.

PBS (check local listings)

In the first of four PBS films dealing with slavery in America, Yaphet (Blue Collar) Kotto stars as Denmark Vesey, the freed black carpenter who planned a Charleston slave rebellion in 1822. But neither he nor co-stars Cleavon Little and Ned Beatty can unshackle this plodding drama.


CBS (9-11:24 p.m. ET)

Robert Duvall is brilliant as a gung-ho Marine fighter pilot who relentlessly bullies 18-year-old son Michael O'Keefe and tries the patience of wife Blythe Danner. Flawless performances by all made this one of 1980's best movies.


NBC (7-8 p.m. ET)

Future Mick Jaggers can watch record mogul Neil Bogart—who groomed such rockers as Kiss, Donna Summer and the Village People—take five preppy newcomers, tag them the Innocents and show them the music biz ropes in this unusual but effective quasi documentary.

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Dan Haggerty ventures from his mountain hideaway to save his orphanage-bound daughter, only to be pummeled by Chuck Connors, swept away by a tornado, half-drowned in a torrent and buried by an avalanche. Grizzly survives all that—but not the contrived plot.

ABC (9-11:30 p.m. ET)

Al Pacino throws one of the great movie temper tantrums in the 1979 film about corruption in the legal system, embodied in extremis by John For-sythe as a rapist-judge.

PBS (check local listings)

Kenneth Colley plays England's Trafalgar hero in a ponderous four-part dramatization (each episode views Nelson through the eyes of a different person in his life) for Masterpiece Theatre.


ABC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Ryan O'Neal unlucky in love? It could happen only in the movies, in this case with Candice Bergen in the sappy 1978 sequel to Love Story.

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Ralph Waite and Ellen Corby reunite for the first of three specials about TV's once popular Walton family after World War II. Erin (Mary Beth McDonough) gets engaged to the son of a lumber baron, but the marriage is threatened by a jealous former beau.

CBS (10-11 p.m. ET)

Somers struts and sings for 6,000 appreciative sailors aboard the U.S.S. Ranger in a well-paced, enjoyable special, co-starring Gladys Knight and the Pips, Marie Osmond and Flip Wilson.


CBS (8-11 p.m. ET)

Anthony Andrews (see story, page 70), the teddy bear-toting Sebastian Flyte of Brides head Revisited, jousts as the chivalric 12th-century knight in this rich retelling of Sir Walter Scott's classic novel. Olivia Hussey and James Mason co-star.

PBS (check local listings)

Black poet Ntozake Shange's haunting and lyrical play (in which she also stars) won her a 1976 Tony.