"ADAM," 8 p.m. Monday (4) (36) (39)--Few TV dramas have earned more deserved accolades or had as much impact as this intensely moving, honest and true account of a couple whose 6-year-old son vanished from a Florida shopping center in 1981.
First telecast in October, 1983, "Adam" is a welcome rerun because of its skilled performances by Daniel J. Travanti and JoBeth Williams as traumatized parents John and Reve Walsh and the storytelling by director Michael Tuchner and writer Allen Leicht.
Even more importantly, though, the repeat could lead to the recovery of other missing youngsters more fortunate than little Adam Walsh.
"Adam" helped focus national attention on the problem of missing children and led Linda Otto, producer of the program, to found an agency called Find the Children.
According to NBC, 32 of more than 100 missing youngsters listed on the screen at the conclusion of "Adam" were later located, apparently due to the TV publicity.
Following the showing of "Adam" Monday at 10 p.m., NBC will present an hourlong program concerning the disappearances of adults as well as children. Hosted by Meredith Baxter Birney and David Birney (pictured on the cover), "Missing--Have You Seen This Person?" will dramatize the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearances of nine persons.
One of those is a 3-year-old relative of "Silver Spoons" star Ricky Schroder, who will appear on the program.
Travanti and Williams earned Emmy nominations for their depictions of the Walshes, a young, attractive couple who were able to channel their anguish into a national activism that produced remarkable results and became a fitting memorial to their son.
Once again via television, America will share their grief.