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Weekend Tv : 'Mistress,' Perry Mason On Sunday

October 03, 1987|STEVE WEINSTEIN

Two new made-for-television movies highlight the weekend schedule as the fall season charges ahead in high gear.

Sunday night at 9 on CBS (Channels 2 and 8), Victoria Principal stars in "Mistress," her first television role since leaving "Dallas" (see Howard Rosenberg column, Page 1).

She portrays "the other woman," an ambitious actress who shuns her career to be the mistress of a wealthy contractor played by Don Murray. Joanna Kerns from "Growing Pains" and "L.A. Law's" Alan Rachins also star. (See Howard Rosenberg's review.)

Raymond Burr will battle Principal for Sunday night's movie audience when he goes back to court as Perry Mason in the NBC movie, "The Case of the Murdered Madam," also airing at 9 p.m. (4)(36)(39). In this new courtroom drama, Mason must defend a man accused of murdering his wife, a former prostitute, played by Ann Jillian. Tony Geary, Bill Macy, James Noble and John Rhys-Davies are also featured.

Several new programs will debut this weekend as well, along with the season premieres of other series.

Here are other weekend programs.

TODAY: "Teen Talk" discusses teen-age crime with teens who have been there, 8 a.m. (9). . . .

Walt Disney's 1959 animated classic "Sleeping Beauty" makes its television debut at 7 p.m. on cable's Disney Channel. . . .

"The Lawrence Welk Show" returns to television with the first of 52 repeat episodes, 8 p.m. (50). The first show features a lighthearted look at summer fun and vacation resorts . . .

CBS premieres "Everything's Relative," a sitcom about two brothers (Jason Alexander and John Bolger), 8:30 p.m. (2)(8). The debut of "Leg Work," a new drama about a feisty female detective starring Margaret Colin, follows at 9 p.m. (see reviews). . . .

Robert Vaughn stars in "The Last Battalion," an Australian drama (written by the author of the films "Gallipoli" and "The Year of Living Dangerously") about that country's plight in World War II, 9 p.m. (28). . . .

"West 57th," the bounced-around CBS news magazine, returns at 10 p.m. (2)(8) with a profile of rock group Crosby, Stills and Nash, a report on the decline of safety precautions in the meat-packing industry and a look at the 16-year collaboration of Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin. . . .

"Friday the 13th: The Series," a syndicated series of terror and suspense that takes its name from the successful horror movies, debuts at 11 p.m. (11).

SUNDAY: Segments planned for NBC's "Sunday Today" include a report on the "Dancing for Life" AIDS fund-raiser with Mikhail Baryshnikov, commentary on the state of communism in the world today, a profile of Jonathan Butler, a black South African musician who has been called the Michael Jackson of South Africa, and an update on the NFL players strike, 7 a.m. (4)(36)(39). . . .

"Sunday Morning" on CBS reports on ethics in government, particularly in light of the Gary Hart and Joseph Biden presidential campaigns; profiles Aebersold Jamey, the sponsor of multiple efforts to get people involved with jazz, and showcases the work of photographer Robert Frank, 8 a.m. (2)(8). . . .

"Meet the Press" airs at 8:30 a.m. (4), 9 a.m. (36)(39). . . .

Current events are examined by "The McLaughlin Group," 9 a.m. (4). . . .

Harold Ezell, regional commissioner of the Naturalization and Immigration Service, guests on "News Conference," 10:30 a.m. (4). . . .

John Curley, president of Gannett Co., talks about newspapers as "hot property" on "Business World," 10:30 a.m. (7). . . .

Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, discusses the economy on "This Week With David Brinkley," 11 a.m. (7)(10), 3 p.m. (3). . . .

Gov. George Deukmejian narrates the saga of Armenians in the United States on "Strangers in a Promised Land," 11 a.m. (28). . . .

The premiere of KNBC's new health and medical series, "About You," will explore the growing market for home diagnostic tests, a look at shotgun weddings in the 1980s, new ways to cope with stress and tips on how to improve physical performance. Frank Kwan hosts, 11:30 a.m. (4). . . .

"At Issue" guests talk about Japanese internment at 1:30 p.m. (2). . . .

Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York and presidential hopeful Pat Robertson guest on "Face the Nation," 2 p.m. (2), 11:30 p.m. (8). . . .

"Newsmakers" will be presented at 2:30 p.m. (2). . . .

The 26-part dramatic series, "Degrassi Junior High" premieres at 4:30 p.m. (50). These programs deal with emotional choices and crises facing teen-agers. . . .

A talk with international arms dealer Sam Cummings, a report on the popularity of a UC Santa Barbara course on the Vietnam War and a visit to a small South Carolina town that ran its newspaper editor out of town highlight "60 Minutes," 7 p.m. (2) (8). . . .

Burt Reynolds, Whoopi Goldberg and the country music group Alabama join Dolly Parton on "Dolly," 9 p.m. (3) (7) (10). . . .

Madeline Kahn joins the cast of Fox Broadcasting's "Mr. President," 9:30 p.m. (11).

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