Willie Nelson will star in, co-produce and write the score for "Stagecoach," a remake of John Ford's classic 1939 Western with John Wayne. Joining Nelson in the cast are Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Anthony Newley, Johnny Cash, Mary Crosby, John Schneider, Anthony Franciosa and Elizabeth Ashley. Despite the presence of so many singers, CBS insists that the movie "will be a drama, not a musical."
And speaking of country music stars, Cash, Kristofferson and Nelson are also featured in "The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James," a TV movie that NBC has slotted for Feb. 16. Also in the cast are June Carter-Cash and Ed Bruce.
Craig T. Nelson, the former star of "Call to Glory," will portray sportswriter Frank Deford in "Alex: The Life of a Child," an adaptation of Deford's book about his daughter, who died of cystic fibrosis. Also in the ABC movie are Bonnie Bedelia, Gennie James and Daniel Corkill.
Briefly noted: Kevin McCarthy will be a guest star in an episode of "The Golden Girls," playing a wealthy suitor to Blanche (Rue McClanahan). . . . Andrew Duggan has replaced James Stewart in an episode of "Remington Steele" in which Stewart was to have played a retired Air Force general. NBC said Stewart had to bow out because of a chronic ear infection. . . . CBS has set Feb. 15 for its annual telecast of "The Wizard of Oz."