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Dramas

April 14, 1985|LEE MARGULIES

"Fifty-Five Lime Street"--Robert Wagner goes after yet another series success in an action-adventure show that will incorporate elements of his real life--namely, the problems of a widower raising two daughters. His character will be such a man who makes his living as an international insurance investigator. John Standing will co-star as his British partner and Lew Ayers will play his father. Wagner also is the executive producer.

"Lady Blue"--Call it "Dirty Harriet"--a female cop (Jamie Rose) who breaks the rules to see that justice is served. From the producer of "Police Woman." A movie airing Monday serves as the pilot.

"Embassy"--If the comings and goings at a simple San Francisco "Hotel" interest you, imagine the tourists, foreign dignitaries and political intrigue that pass through the U.S. Embassy in Rome. A movie airing next Sunday serves as the pilot.

CBS

"I Had Three Wives"--Detective show whose "eternally romantic" hero (Victor Garber) is frequently helped by his three ex-wives, who, conveniently, happen to be a reporter, a lawyer and an actress--with Shanna Reed, Teri Copley and Maggie Cooper. (CBS has already ordered six episodes to air late this summer.)

"Solomon's Universe"--Action-adventure about a think-tank researcher (Telly Savalas) who forms a high-tech "Mission: Impossible" team of experts recruited from the fields of science, medicine and other specialties to fight crime and social evils.

"On the Road"--Hoping to tap into some of the country's resurgent patriotism, this "fantasy adventure" (says CBS) stars Janet Leigh and Harry Guardino as a married couple who retire and explore the nation from a mobile home, getting involved with new people each week, like a rambling "Route 66."

"D5B: Steel Collar Man"--Dave Thomas (one of the Mackenzie Brothers from "SCTV") wrote the pilot for this sort-of action-adventure chase show about supercharged robot Charles Rocket, who runs away from his military creators and teams up with truck driver Hoyt Axton to avoid capture by vicious government agent Chuck Connors.

"Murphy's Law"--Described by CBS as a "risky new form" of programming, this series has Barry Newman as an assistant D.A. who, instead of being involved in a new case every week, would have each of his cases played out in miniseries style over four to six episodes, beginning with the crime and continuing through the trial.

"The Equalizer"--"The concept of this," says CBS, "is basically 'Dirty Harry' with a heart of gold." A tough action show starring Edward Woodward as an ex-government official who runs his own agency to help people for whom the traditional forms of achieving justice have been unsatisfactory.

"Dirty Work"--A young woman (Kerrie Keane) searching for the perfect 1980s' career goes to work for a "weird and supposedly dead private investigator" (Louis Giambalvo), handling "offbeat cases out of the Valley." Dorian Harewood is a policeman.

"Brass"--Carroll O'Connor returns to the tube, this time as New York City's chief of detectives. Ah, but he's no deskman and still gets involved in the toughest cases. Other characters: Boss Vincent Gardenia, sister Anita Gillette who is a nun and runs a shelter for the homeless, girlfriend Lois Nettleton and aide Begona Plaza.

NBC

"The Covenant"--NBC, which has yet to develop a successful nighttime soaper like "Dallas" and "Dynasty" (unless you count "Hill Street Blues"), tries again with gothic tales of a strange, powerful San Francisco family with Krystle and Alexis-type characters who happen to be sisters and are vying for control over the supernatural forces that reside in the clan. The sisters will be played by Jane Badler and Michelle Phillips.

"Champion"--Duncan Regehr, who portrayed Errol Flynn in the January TV biography, is another swashbuckler, a daring crime fighter who masquerades as an eccentric New York inventor of "semi-useless gadgets."

"Point Blank"--How do you adapt "Death Wish" to the tube without provoking more protests about vigilante justice? You have the hero work with the cops. And so it is that John Loughlin decides to track down the people who murdered his wife and son--and, along the way, other criminals who have escaped the wheels of justice--but only with the cooperation of police detective Robert Loggia, who presumably can move in to make the arrest.

"Misfits of Science"--Comical action-adventure show crosses "The A-Team" with Saturday morning's "Superfriends." The result: A team of trouble-shooters led by Dean Paul Martin who have super powers. One is an "electrically charged rock 'n' roller who throws lightning bolts," another is a guy who can freeze anything he touches, a third has telekinetic powers. And then there's the "7-foot-4 black scientist who can shrink himself down to 7 inches."

"Dalton"--Like "Highway to Heaven," this "highly stylized" project stars Charles Taylor as a mysterious stranger who travels the country using extraordinary powers to help people in trouble.

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