02/27/1984 at 01:00 AM EST
>TAPS CBS (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET)
George C. (Patton) Scott hits hard times, running a failing military academy. But the wonder boys of the screen—Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise
—fight (with weapons) to save it.
MARK RUSSELL COMEDY SPECIAL PBS (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 9 p.m. ET)
Live from Buffalo, N.Y., of all places, Russell is always worth a chortle. He's the best political satirist on TV. He's the only political satirist on TV.
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE PBS (Thursday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. ET)
The decent but dull League of Women Voters sets the rules and Barbara Walters moderates, so this Democratic debate won't be as much fun as the Phil Donahue-Ted Koppel First Family Feud.
DIFF'RENT STROKES NBC (Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. ET)
Things change for America's equal-opportunity family as Dad (Conrad Bain) marries a TV exercise-show hostess (Dixie Carter), giving little Arnold (Gary Coleman) a new mom, a new little brother and, thank goodness, some new plots.
SHARKY'S MACHINE CBS (Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. ET)
Burt Reynolds cleans up Atlanta.
THE GRAMMY AWARDS CBS (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. ET)
Michael Jackson goes for a record Grammy haul; he already has a record 12 nominations. For album of the year, he's up against Billy Joel, Flashdance, David Bowie and the Police. John Denver referees.
THE SUZANNE PLESHETTE SHOW CBS (Sunday, March 4, 8 p.m. ET)
Lou Grant, Mary Tyler Moore and Beantown strike again: Pleshette plays a New York newspaper reporter who leaves the slash 'n' crash of hard news to write features in the sitcom premiere.
A.K.A. PABLO ABC (Tuesday, March 6, 8:30 p.m. ET)
And Norman Lear strikes again, creating his first sitcom in a while about a large Mexican-American family upset over having a comedian in the family.