Charlton Heston and Peter Strauss will play father and son in "The Tall Men," a TV movie for ABC. Heston portrays a conservative cattle rancher who is dying and seeks to reconcile with his son, who went AWOL in Vietnam.
A reunion between estranged father and son is also the nub of "A Hobo's Christmas," a TV movie for CBS starring Barnard Hughes of "The Cavanaughs" and Gerald McRaney of "Simon & Simon." Only in this case, it's the father who has been away--wandering the country for 20 years, working at odd jobs and riding the rails. The son is a policeman in Salt Lake City.
Glynnis O'Connor plays a woman caught up in generational problems in "Conspiracy of Love," a movie that CBS will broadcast next season. In the film, O'Connor goes to court to get a restraining order that prohibits her father-in-law, played by Robert Young, from seeing her daughter, portrayed by Drew Barrymore.
The family from "Eight Is Enough" is getting together for a TV reunion, and now so is the family from "Family." The Lawrence clan will be the subject of a TV movie for ABC next season, reuniting Sada Thompson, Gary Frank, Meredith Baxter Birney and Kristy McNichol from the series that ran from 1976 to 1980. Thompson's mother character will be portrayed as a widow, reflecting the real-life death of former co-star James Broderick.