Kenny Rogers starred in a TV movie based on his song "The Gambler," and now Barry Manilow is following suit. He's set to make his acting debut in a film for CBS based on his song "Copacabana." He plays a pianist and composer who goes to work at the famed Copacabana nightclub and falls in love there with a singer (played by Annette O'Toole). Manilow will write 10 original songs for the movie.
Whatever happened to Gidget? You'll be able to find out in "Gidget's Summer Reunion," a syndicated TV movie that is due to air in June. Caryn Richman stars in the title role as an older Gidget--no longer a surfer girl but now married and the owner of her own travel agency. Dean Butler co-stars as her husband, Moondoggie. Also appearing in the film are Ben Murphy, Don Stroud, Vince Van Patten and William Schallert.
The "CBS Morning News" is in Europe this week and Dan Rather and "The CBS Evening News" will be hitting the road, too. The news program plans to originate from Japan during the week of Aug. 5, pegged to the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II. The programs will report on the state of relations between Japan and the United States, will return to the bombed cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and will examine Japan's economy, military power and culture.