Martin Sheen will star as police detective Ed Zigo, the man who tracked down New York's Son of Sam killer in 1977, in "Out of the Darkness," a TV movie due to air on CBS on Oct. 12. The film follows not only the investigation but also Zigo's personal life. Jennifer Salt co-stars as his wife.
Ralph Waite and Diane Ladd will play the parents of a teen-age girl who is imprisoned in a jail for adults in "Crime of Innocence," a TV movie for NBC. Shot on location in Santa Barbara, the film also stars Shawnee Smith as the daughter and Andy Griffith as the judge who sentences her.
What does David Copperfield have up his sleeve for his next TV special? Only this: a trip through the Great Wall of China. No, not a trip to the Great Wall, not a trip along the Great Wall, but through it. At least, that's the illusion that the magician plans to create as the climax to his next show, due on CBS in the spring.
NBC has set Oct. 6 and 7 as the telecast dates for its remake of "The Long, Hot Summer." The four-hour drama, about a drifter who finds trouble in a Mississippi town ruled by a cantankerous older man, stars Jason Robards, Ava Gardner, Don Johnson, Cybill Shepherd and Judith Ivey.