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October 20, 1985|KEVIN THOMAS

I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.) is a new TV movie in which Barbara Eden returns as the genie of the 1965-70 TV series. Here, she's attempting to save her mortal marriage to astronaut Wayne Rogers from the machinations of her evil genie sister, also played by Eden.

Airing Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channel 11 is Somebody Killed Her Husband, the trivial 1978 murder mystery which proved an unmemorable theatrical feature debut for Farrah Fawcett.

Channel 5 airs Karel Reisz and Harold Pinter's dazzling 1981 film of John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman at 8 p.m. Monday and again Thursday at 8 p.m. Unfolding on two levels, it stars Meryl Streep as an enigmatic, melancholy Victorian-era beauty who entrances Jeremy Irons' proper British gentleman. We're startled to realize that we're watching a film-within-a-film in which Irons the actor finds himself increasingly drawn to Streep, the American actress playing that beauty. This ravishing, mesmerizing picture, in its cross-cutting between its two levels, becomes a dry comment on what has become of personal morality between 1867 and the present. It's a stunning, ambitious achievement.

Coming up Monday at 8 p.m. on Channel 13 is Sidney Poitier's hilarious, good-natured Uptown Saturday Night, which tells what happens to a couple of ordinary big-city working stiffs (Poitier, Bill Cosby) when they win lots of cash after a night on the town. Poitier's pleasant follow-up film, appropriately titled Let's Do It Again, airs Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC is the new TV movie Love on the Run, starring Stephanie Zimbalist as an attorney who falls desperately in love with her convict-client (Alec Baldwin).

Picking Up the Pieces (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.), another new TV movie, stars Margot Kidder as a mother of three who incurs the vindictive wrath of her husband (James Farentino) when she leaves him.

Preceding at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Channel 7 is a rerun of The Wind and the Lion, that highly entertaining epic adventure which stars Sean Connery as the last of the Barbary pirates. He kidnaps Candice Bergen and her kids--in real life the kidnap victim was a middle-age man!--from their lavish Tangier estate, only to find himself pitted against Teddy Roosevelt (Brian Keith) in a long-distance joust that allows writer-director John Milius full rein in his penchant for examining the myths that enshroud American historical figures to show us what they reveal about ourselves.

David Lean's rich if ponderous Dr. Zhivago turns up on Channel 5, airing in two parts, at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Channel 7 is bringing back (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.) Kelly's Heroes, that 1970 war-is-fun caper in which the special-effects men have all the lines and the biggest jokes are at the expense of men being blown to bits. Clint Eastwood stars as a GI who recruits a freebooting task force to go after a Nazi cache of gold. Those involved include Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor, Donald Sutherland and Gavin MacLeod.

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (Channel 13 Saturday at 8 p.m.) laces comedy with the triumphs and travails of the black baseball teams of the '30s. Warm and energetic, it has in Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor a trio of engaging stars who become disgusted with the black owners of their clubs and take to the road as a kind of baseball equivalent to the Harlem Globetrotters.

Children of the Night (CBS Saturday at 9 p.m.), yet another TV movie on teen-age prostitutes, stars Kathleen Quinlan as a doctoral candidate in sociology who turns her apartment into a refuge for youthful hookers.

At 10 p.m. Saturday, Channel 28 shows Alfred Hitchcock's 1930 film Murder, in which a dashing young Herbert Marshall stars as an actor-manager who turns private eye to save an ingenue (Norah Baring) from the gallows. (He'd have less luck saving her from the critics.) Murder is creaky but has moments full of the promise of things to come from Hitchcock.

Selected evening pay TV/cable fare: Heartbreakers (Cinemax Sunday at 8, Z Saturday at 9); Murder My Sweet (Z Tuesday at 7); The Brother From Another Planet (Z Tuesday at 9, Cinemax at 10); Kiss Me Deadly (WTBS Wednesday at 9:30); The Wrong Box (WOR Thursday at 6); Lonely Hearts (Z Thursday at 7); Monty Python's Life of Brian (Movie Channel Thursday at 9:30); Southern Comfort (WOR Friday at 6); Waitress! (Movie Channel Friday at 10); Rio Bravo (Movie Channel Saturday at 6:30); Easy Rider (Cinemax Saturday at 10).

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