Picks and Pans Review: If Things Were Different

updated 01/21/1980 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/21/1980 01:00AM

CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

Disaster flicks of the plane crash/ tidal wave variety are passé, but not stories of personal catastrophe. This one, made for TV, excels. Suzanne Pleshette should get another Emmy nomination for her portrayal of a housewife whose husband of 20 years suffers a nervous breakdown. The crew at the TV station where she works—Arte Johnson is the wisecracking program director, Tony Roberts the amorous owner and Chuck McCann the hard-drinking kid-show host—is first-rate. Don Murray as her husband, alas, is catatonic except in flashbacks, and the ending seems like a hokey leftover from some Christmas special. But it's worth seeing Pleshette and Co. at work.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

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