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February 22, 1987|LEE MARGULIES

Elizabeth Taylor and George Hamilton are cast as cousins in "Poker Alice," a TV movie that's being made for CBS. Set just after the Civil War, the story concerns a woman (Taylor) who wins a brothel in a poker game. Tom Skerritt also stars.

People to watch for this week: LeVar Burton and John Amos, who played the young and grown-up Kunta Kinte, respectively, in "Roots," are guest stars in Sunday's episode of "Murder, She Wrote" on CBS. . . . Robert Culp, the former star of "I Spy," plays a TV news anchor with a drug problem on Wednesday's episode of NBC's "Highway to Heaven". . . . Also on Wednesday, Mickey Dolenz, one of the original Monkees, appears in "The New Mike Hammer" on CBS. . . . Then on Friday, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson turns up on ABC's "Webster."

Michael Korda's novel "Queenie" is being turned into a five-hour miniseries for ABC, with Mia Sara in the title role. She's a relative newcomer but the rest of the cast isn't. It includes Kirk Douglas, Martin Balsam, Joel Grey, Claire Bloom, Sarah Miles and Topol.

Christopher Reeve, who knows something about flying from having starred in the "Superman" films, will host "Future Flight," a syndicated documentary that speculates about what the big aviation events of the future will be. It's due for telecast later this spring.

Should parents opt to prolong the life of a severely damaged infant? That's the question addressed in "Baby Girl Scott," a TV movie that CBS has ordered. John Lithgow and Mary Beth Hurt star as the married couple facing the agonizing decision, and Linda Kelsey co-stars as a hospital official working with them.

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