Edward Asner and Gary Cole portray father-and-son physicians who have chemical dependency problems in "Following the Footsteps," a TV movie for CBS. Also starring are Barbara Barrie and Kate McNeil as the men's respective wives.
Another CBS movie dealing with drinking problems is "Adult Children of Alcoholics," with Andy Griffith in the lead role of a man whose alcoholism hurts his career and his loved ones. The movie also stars Season Hubley and Joyce Van Patten.
"Miami Vice" notes: Singer Phil Collins, whose song "In the Air Tonight" was used in the "Miami Vice" pilot last season, will act in a forthcoming episode of the NBC cop show. . . . Appearing in another installment will be convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, playing a cocaine smuggler.
Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles hosts Thursday's edition of "An American Portrait" on CBS to pay tribute to John Dillon, founder and director of the Chrysalis Center in Los Angeles, which gives food and clothing to the poor. The one-minute spot, part of CBS' series of salutes to admirable United States citizens, will air at 8:58 p.m. on Channels 2 and 8.