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December 27, 1987|Lee Margulies

Lindsay Wagner and Randy Quaid square off in "Hate on Trial," a TV movie that will be broadcast on ABC later this season. She plays a small-town housewife who objects to the anti-Semitic teachings of a high school history teacher (Quaid).

Jason Bateman, one of the stars of NBC's "Valerie's Family," is making a TV movie for the network about a young musician who returns home from camp to find that his family has disappeared without a trace. The suspense story also stars Richard Dysart, Tom Skerritt, John Glover and Jack Wagner.

Martin Agronsky is retiring, but his weekly public affairs show--a fixture on public television for 18 years--will continue in a new guise. As of its broadcast Saturday on KCET Channel 28, it'll be called "Inside Washington" and will be moderated by Gordon Peterson, a news anchor at WUSA-TV in Washington. The panelists will be the same, however: James J. Kilpatrick, Carl T. Rowan, Hugh Sidey, Elizabeth Drew and Strobe Talbott.

People: Flip Wilson turns up as the owner of a TV station on Saturday's episode of "227" on NBC. . . . "Miami Vice" star Don Johnson directed the episode of his cop show that will air Jan. 8 on NBC. . . . Carol Burnett reprises her role as a bank teller in the Jan. 13 episode of CBS' "Magnum, P.I."

In the wake of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, cable superstation WTBS is planning a documentary for January called "The Battle for Peace." With Ralph Begleiter of CNN anchoring, the program will air Jan. 7, with repeats scheduled Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.

The 11th annual Soap Opera Digest Awards will be handed out on network TV for the first time. The awards, determined by a vote of the magazine's readers, will be broadcast by NBC Jan. 18. The finalists for best soap opera are "As the World Turns," "Days of Our Lives" and "Santa Barbara."

Talia Balsam guests as a TV news reporter in the Jan. 14 episode of "Tour of Duty." She plays a correspondent who accompanies Bravo Company on a mission, thereby endangering her life.

A 14-year-old girl must cope with the decision of whether to remove her brain-dead grandmother from a life-support system in "Never Say Goodbye," an hourlong drama to air Jan. 12 on the "CBS Schoolbreak Special." Kim Hauser plays the teen-ager, June Lockhart is the grandmother and Elinor Donahue portrays the mother.

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