Alan Thicke, who hosted an ill-fated talk show before landing the starring role in "Growing Pains," will try hosting again--but only in a TV movie this time. He plays a talk-show host who is shot on the air in the next Perry Mason film for NBC, "The Case of the Shooting Star." Also appearing with Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale and William Katt in the third TV movie are Joe Penny, Jennifer O'Neill and Ron Glass.
"Webster" will begin its fourth season with a new episode Aug. 20, a month before other series return for the fall season. The program will feature a crime-fighting character named McGruff who was created in 1979 by the National Crime Prevention Council. McGruff goes to Webster's school and helps him take care of a bully.
Martin Balsam, Florence Henderson and Jackie Cooper are among the guest stars in a two-part episode of "Murder, She Wrote" that will be seen on CBS this fall. The story involves Jessica (Angela Lansbury) visiting a small circus in hopes of finding her brother-in-law.
Brad Davis has the title role in "Vengeance: The Tragedy of Tony Cimo," a movie for CBS about a young bricklayer who decides to take the law into his own hands after his parents are murdered. Also starring are William Conrad, Roxanne Hart and Brad Dourif.