George C. Scott, seen last week in "The Last Days of Patton," is starring in another CBS movie, this one a remake of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." He plays a former Paris policeman who investigates the slayings of a mother and daughter. Also in the cast are Rebecca De Mornay, Ian McShane, Val Kilmer and Neil Dickson.
Alone among the three major networks, ABC has the distinction again this year of presenting its entire prime-time schedule with closed captions for the hearing impaired. This means that viewers who have the decoding device can see ABC programs with subtitles to help them understand what's going on. Also captioned on ABC are "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight" and "This Week With David Brinkley," among other programs.
Farrah Fawcett will portray famed Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton in "Poor Little Rich Girl," an NBC five-hour drama based on the book by C. David Heymann. The film will trace Hutton's life as a millionaire jet-setter who married seven times but died poor in 1979.
"Hotel" plans to do a four-part story this year in which bellman Dave Kendall (played by Michael Spound) gets hooked on drugs while studying for his bar exam. . . . Meanwhile, "Teen Talk" repeats a program at 8 a.m. Saturday on Channel 9 in which eight youngsters talk about why they used cocaine, what they did to support their habits and why they decided to quit.
Barbara Babcock, who won an Emmy Award in 1981 for her portrayal of Grace Gardner on "Hill Street Blues," will reprise the role on the NBC police series this season. But when the once-promiscuous Grace returns, she'll be a nun. . . . Former "Hill Street Blues" star Barbara Bosson will star in "Supermom's Daughter," an "ABC Afterschool Special." She plays a successful working mother who encounters difficulties with her daughter.
William Inge's play "Picnic" will be performed on the Showtime cable channel later this year with an all-star cast. Starring are Gregory Harrison, Michael Learned, Rue McClanahan, Dick Van Patten, Dana Hill and Jennifer Jason-Leigh.
"Anne of Green Gables--The Sequel" is in the works for public television's "Wonderworks" series, with Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst reprising their roles from the first adaptation of the novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Joining the cast for the new four-hour production are Dame Wendy Hiller, Frank Converse and Rosemary Dunsmore.
Former teen singing star Bobby Sherman, who appeared with David Soul in "Here Come the Brides" in 1968, returns to TV as a regular in "Sanchez of Bel-Air," a comedy series set to premiere on cable's USA Network Oct. 3. It's about a family, headed by Reni Santoni, that moves from East Los Angeles to Bel-Air. Sherman plays a neighbor.
Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson will host the 20th annual Country Music Assn. Awards, which CBS will broadcast from Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 13. Nelson is a triple nominee, for the Country Music Hall of Fame, for entertainer of the year and, with Waylon Jennings, for vocal duo of the year.
Evelyn Waugh's classic journalism novel, "Scoop," is being produced as a two-hour TV movie by London Weekend Television, and the Mobil Corp. has picked up the U.S. rights. The company has not decided whether to distribute the film on PBS or through syndication. Starring in the production are Michael Maloney, Denholm Elliott, Sir Michael Hordern, Donald Pleasence, Herbert Lom and Nicola Pagett.
Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who won convictions against Charles Manson and his followers in the Tate-LaBianca murder cases, and Gerry Spence, who represented Karen Silkwood's family in their case against Kerr-McGee, will square off in a TV trial about the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. "On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald" will be shown on Showtime cable Nov. 21-22. The two-part special, to be conducted with expert witnesses, not actors, will debate the evidence as to whether Oswald was involved in the shooting and, if so, whether he acted alone.
Tate Donovan, John Glover, Linda Kelsey, Frank Military, Tony Musante, G. D. Spradlin, Inga Swenson and Elizabeth Wilson have joined Lee Remick in the cast of "Nutcracker: Money, Madness, Murder." The six-hour miniseries, due for broadcast on NBC early next year, concerns the story of a New York socialite who convinced her son to kill his grandfather.