Picks and Pans Review: And More...

updated 02/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 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.


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.

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