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July 03, 1988|LEE MARGULIES

Donna Mills, who plays Abby on "Knots Landing," is making a movie for CBS in Australia. It's called "Outback Bound" and is described as a "lighthearted adventure romp about a glamorous Beverly Hills woman stranded in a rough Australian mining town." John Schneider and Andrew Clarke co-star as "two locals who compete for her affections."

Gregory Harrison, who played a doctor on "Trapper John, M.D.," will host "Modern Medical Breakthroughs," an hourlong special scheduled to air July 13 on NBC. The program spotlights significant achievements in the medical field, such as the use of microsurgery to replace a man's fingers and the development of a surgical procedure that cured a woman's epilepsy.

CBS is introducing a new version of "Family Feud" this week, with Ray Combs hosting instead of Richard Dawson. But Dawson isn't sitting by idly. He's been tabbed to host a revival of his own--"You Bet Your Life," the game show that once starred Groucho Marx. NBC describes this project as "a strong candidate for the fall schedule."

PBS will call out its top journalists for a series of election-year specials planned for the fall. The prime-time programs will run from Oct. 3 through election eve on Nov. 7, featuring the talents of Bill Moyers, Roger Mudd, Judy Woodruff, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer. The topics will range from the presidential candidates to how the campaign is viewed abroad to an examination of how presidential politics have been influenced by television.

It didn't work the last time Disney tried to revive "The Mickey Mouse Club," but now the company has its own cable channel, so another effort is being made. The new "Mickey Mouse Club" will run weekdays on the pay-TV service beginning this fall. Disney also is making a movie about the creation of the original show. Its title: "Why? . . . Because We Like You."

Television's ensemble comedies have ranged from a New York cab company ("Taxi") to a Boston bar ("Cheers") to a Minneapolis newsroom ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"). But a Catholic rectory? That's the setting for "Have Faith," a comedy that ABC has ordered as a backup series for next season. Starring as Chicago priests will be Joel Higgins, Ron Carey, Stephen Furst, J.C. MacKensie and Frank Hamilton.

Chad Lowe and Bonnie Bedelia head the cast of "No Means No," a drama about date rape that will be broadcast on the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" next season. The cast also includes Dana Barron, Lori Loughlin, Tracy Wells and Jim Marshall.

Public TV station WNET in New York is preparing a new TV series for teen-agers called "The Power of Choice," a 10-part series set to premiere this fall. It focuses on the work of Michael Pritchard, a San Francisco-based youth counselor who travels the country meeting with high school students, and uses his ability as a comedian to draw them out on subjects such as dating, depression and drugs.

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