PBS (8-9 p.m. ET)

Since it is among our most commercial arts, the musical sometimes is overlooked as one of this country's most important cultural contributions. This concert by pros Mary Martin and John Raitt gives Broadway melodies their due. Before a White House audience that includes President and Mrs. Reagan, Martin and Raitt sing selections from such shows as South Pacific, The Pajama Game and Annie Get Your Gun.

PBS (10-11 p.m. ET)

Twyla Tharp was one of the first choreographers to create works specifically for the TV camera, and this retrospective shows the development of her "videography." Viewers who are new to Tharp can sample some of her best work, including Sue's Leg, set to the music of Fats Waller.


ABC (9-11 p.m. ET)

An Officer and a Gentlewoman? No, this TV movie is closer to Private Benjamin. Kathleen Quinlan, Jamie Lee Curtis and Melanie Griffith are among the soldier girls who participate in behind-the-bar-racks antics. (Repeat)


CBS (4:30-6 p.m. ET)

The 115th running at Belmont Park on Long Island wraps up the Triple Crown, but there's still no surefire 3-year-old champ.

NBC (5-6 p.m. ET)

The headliners in women's professional golf turn out for a major tournament at Kings Island, Ohio. Lee Trevino and Charlie Jones are the program's commentators.


NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Would you believe George (The A-Team) Peppard, Paul Winfield, Jan-Michael Vincent, Dominique Sanda and Jackie Earle Haley as the only survivors of nuclear war in America? Vincent and Peppard are Air Force officers who lead the band in this improbable 1977 film.

ABC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Neil Simon's very funny spoof on Sam Spade, Charlie Chan, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stars Peter Falk as the soft-boiled detective Sam Diamond. He enters the Agatha Christie-like drawing room of host Truman Capote, who may or may not be murdering his guests one by one, a la Ten Little Indians. Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, Peter Sellers, David Niven and Maggie Smith are in the splendid cast. And Alec Guinness nearly steals the show as a blind butler. (Repeat)

PBS (10-11 p.m. ET)

From 1892 to 1954 nearly 16 million Europeans passed through Ellis Island. Today the refugees come from Vietnam, Cuba, Haiti and Central America. Narrated by National Public Radio's Susan Stamberg, this intelligent documentary points out that, despite the nation's image as a melting pot, there always has been prejudice in our immigration laws.


CBS (8-9 p.m. ET)

Designer genes are the subject of this interesting documentary about the hereditary messages carried in the basic material of life. The force of heredity is illustrated by panning across the faces of 500 members of a clan. Rich Little lends a hand to science by imitating Humphrey Bogart. A voice-print of the two quickly exposes the phony Bogart—and the unique quality of each person's voice. The program also illustrates the dark side of heredity in a segment about a couple whose flawed genes could not produce a healthy baby.

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

With its last installment, this canceled series about the cosmetics industry goes out not with a bang but a whiff. In a special two-hour episode, Lady Bobbi (the Jackie O character, played by Jennifer O'Neill) assumes the role of spokeswoman for her daughter's new Ma Femme perfume, but her wealthy Greek fiancé, Niko (Ian McShane), objects. He sets out to destroy the entire cosmetics clan, including, we hope, daughter Tyger Haynes, insipidly acted by Genie Francis. O'Neill and McShane are graceful actors who have tried hard with one-dimensional roles, but Francis has done no credit to her soap opera beginnings with a performance that has alternated between flat and whiny. And Jessica Walter, another good TV actress, seems to have taken Southern-accent lessons from Bette Davis (in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte). This nighttime soap has proven that good trash, like Dallas and Dynasty, can be as hard to come by as good art.


ABC (10-11 p.m. ET)

Jimmy Stewart, Mariette (Goodnight, Beantown) Hartley and Daniel J. (Hill Street Blues) Travanti face Barbara. Hartley and Travanti talk about their newfound stardom; Stewart rides sidesaddle on an elephant with Barbara during a zoo trip.