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October 19, 1986|Lee Margulies

Tracy Pollan, who portrayed Ellen on "Family Ties" last season, and Akosua Busia, who played Nettie in "The Color Purple," are cast as friends in "A Special Friendship," a TV movie for CBS. It's about the relationship between a white woman and her former slave during the Civil War. LeVar Burton also appears in the film.

Guest stars: Stevie Wonder will appear as himself on the ABC soap opera "All My Children" Monday and Friday. He'll sing "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "Don't Drive Drunk". . . . Jason Bateman of "Valerie" will be seen as a terminally ill boy in the Oct. 29 episode of "St. Elsewhere" on NBC. . . . Barbara Bosson, who played Fay Furillo on "Hill Street Blues," turns up on "L.A. Law" Oct. 31, playing a TV newscaster. . . . Jose Ferrer, William Conrad and Joe Penny will be seen in the Nov. 4 edition of "Matlock" on NBC.

NBC has set Nov. 2-3 as the telecast dates for "Rage of Angels: The Story Continues," the four-hour drama that takes up six years after "Rage of Angels" left off in 1983. Jaclyn Smith stars as a successful New York attorney. Also in the cast are Ken Howard, Angela Lansbury, Susan Sullivan, Michael Nouri and Mason Adams.

One week later, on Nov. 9-10, CBS will broadcast "Monte Carlo," a four-hour movie in which Joan Collins plays a singer whose life on the eve of World War II, as described by the network, "is a whirlwind of cabaret parties, casino nights and beach club gatherings." But she harbors hatred for the Nazis and becomes a spy for the allies. Others in the cast include George Hamilton, Robert Carradine, Lauren Hutton, Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Eilbacher and Peter Vaughan.

Another TV movie coming on CBS this season is "Betrayal of Trust," starring James Farentino and Parker Stevenson. It's about a newspaper's investigation of a serial murder case.

Jay Leno's first special for NBC will be shot in Philadelphia. It's due to air at 11:30 p.m. Nov. 1. His guests will include David Letterman, Vanna White, Doug Lewellyn and the Hooters.

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