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May 18, 1986|Lee Margulies

NBC's "Gimme a Break" will be back next season, but with a revised format and some new cast members. Nell (Nell Carter) and Addy (Telma Hopkins) will move to an apartment in New York, along with Grandpa Kaniski (John Hoyt), Joey Donovan (Joey Lawrence) and Oliver Donovan (Matthew Lawrence). Dropped from the regular cast were Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler and Lara Jill Miller.

Linda Lavin has the lead role in "A Place to Call Home," a TV movie for CBS about a woman who moves her family from Texas to Australia and tries to convert them to sheep ranchers. The film is being shot in Australia.

Perry King of "Riptide" and Loni Anderson of "WKRP in Cincinnati" are teamed in "Stranded," a TV movie that will be shown on NBC next season. It's described as a romantic comedy about two business adversaries who "are forced to reevaluate their relationship" after they become stranded on a deserted island.

"Paradise Postponed," an original miniseries written by John Mortimer, who created "Rumpole of the Bailey" and adapted "Brideshead Revisited" for television, will air on public television's "Masterpiece Theatre" next season. It's an 11-part drama about "what we thought we'd get after World War II--no unemployment, no class distinctions--but never got," Mortimer says. It stars Sir Michael Hordern, Annette Crosbie and David Threlfall.

And speaking of paradise, that's where Garfield the cat finds himself in his next animated special for CBS. "Garfield in Paradise," set to air May 27, finds the fat cat and his owner, Jon, traveling to a tropical isle where they encounter a tribe that worships the 1950s. Wolfman Jack does the voice of the tribal chief.

Steve McQueen's old series "Wanted: Dead or Alive" was made in black and white, but don't be surprised if you see it in color at some point in the near future. Four Star International has arranged for all 94 episodes to be "colorized"--the computer process by which black-and-white film is given a color sheen.

Showtime has ordered a one-hour comedy special based on a character from its "Bizarre" series. "The Life and Times of Super Dave Osborne" will star Bob Einstein as "Super Dave," a comical daredevil. Einstein produces "Bizarre" for the pay-TV network with partner Alan Blye.

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