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April 07, 1985|LEE MARGULIES

Don Johnson of "Miami Vice" and Cybill Shepherd of "Moonlighting" have been set to star with Jason Robards in a remake of William Faulkner's "The Long, Hot Summer." The four-hour drama will air on NBC next season. It's about a young man who comes into conflict with the ruling family of a small town in the South.

Wayne Rogers and Bonnie Bedelia play a couple whose marriage is put to the test in "The Lady From Yesterday," a TV movie that CBS is scheduled to air May 7. Problems arise when a Vietnamese woman (Tina Chen) with whom the husband had an affair 10 years earlier in Saigon turns up in the United States with a boy she says is their son.

Even worse marital problems are depicted in "Deadly Intentions," a four-hour drama that is in the works for ABC. It stars Madolyn Smith as a young wife who discovers that her seemingly mild-mannered husband has a violent, even murderous side to his personality. Michael Biehn portrays the husband and Cloris Leachman co-stars as his mother.

With television under fire in some quarters for running commercials for beer and wine, ABC has decided to move an "Afterschool Special" into prime time because it deals with teen-age drinking. The program is "One Too Many" and is due to air May 21 at 8 p.m. It's about a high school student who has a drinking problem and how three friends try to cope with it.

KHJ-TV Channel 9 has produced an hourlong documentary about incest, "The Silent Sin," and plans to broadcast it April 19 at 8 p.m. It features interviews with victims, perpetrators, lawyers and others with first-hand exposure to this growing social concern.

After more than a year on the shelf, CBS plans to broadcast "Arthur the King" on April 26. The three-hour TV movie features Dyan Cannon as a modern-day woman who, while touring England, is thrust backward in time to the days of King Arthur. Malcolm McDowell portrays the king and Candice Bergen plays the sorceress, Morgan Le Fay.

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