From game show to TV movie: That's where Vanna White is headed. The popular letter-turner from "Wheel of Fortune" is starring in "The Goddess of Love" for NBC. She portrays Venus, who comes to life after 3,000 years. NBC describes the film as a romantic comedy.
Soap opera star Mary Stuart, who played Jo on "Search for Tomorrow" for 35 years, will turn up on ABC's "One Life to Live" this month. She'll play a judge hearing a murder trial. Her first appearance will be April 15, and the role will last for two weeks. Another veteran soap actress, Rosemary Prinz, this week joins "Ryan's Hope" in the role of a nun. She started back in 1956 on "As the World Turns" and later appeared on "All My Children."
Phil Donahue will fill in for Bryant Gumbel as co-host of NBC's "Today" show this week, when Gumbel is on vacation. Gumbel will be off again the week of April 18, traveling to Seoul, Korea, to prepare for his assignment as an anchor for NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics. His substitute that week will be Jim Hartz, who was host of "Today" from 1974-77.
In an effort to boost the visibility of cable TV, the National Cable Television Assn. and the National Academy of Cable Programming have declared April National Cable Month. They're trying to draw attention to the variety of program options available on cable.