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July 31, 1988|LEE MARGULIES

Marlee Matlin, who won an Academy Award for her performance in "Children of a Lesser God," will play a hearing-impaired woman who gets involved with the Theatre of the Deaf in "Bridge to Silence," a TV movie for CBS. Lee Remick will co-star as Matlin's mother and Michael O'Keefe will play a family friend with whom Matlin becomes romantically involved.

Dame Wendy Hiller will be seen on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" next season, starring in "All Passion Spent." It's a three-part drama about an 85-year-old woman who severs ties with her children to take up residence in a home of her own.

Michele Greene of "L.A. Law" and Scott Valentine of "Family Ties" play a couple about to be married in "Wedding Bell Blues," a TV movie that NBC will broadcast next season. It's a comedy in which Mark Linn-Baker of "Perfect Strangers" portrays the best man and discovers that the families of the would-be bride and groom are feuding. Also in the cast are Eileen Brennan, Cloris Leachman, Dick Van Patten, Max Wright, Barbara Billingsley and John Ratzenberger.

In case you missed them the first time around: ABC is encoring "Hollywood Wives," with Candice Bergen, Suzanne Somers, Mary Crosby, Joanna Cassidy and Angie Dickinson, on Aug. 7-8. . . . NBC is repeating "Dress Gray," which stars Hal Holbrook, Alec Baldwin, Lloyd Bridges and Eddie Albert, on Aug. 21-22. . . . "Blood & Orchids" returns for a second broadcast on Aug. 28 and Aug. 30, with Kris Kristofferson and Jane Alexander starring.

Peter Strauss and David Morse will play orphans raised as brothers by a CIA officer who has trained them to be assassins in "Brotherhood of the Rose," a four-hour movie that is filming in New Zealand for broadcast on NBC. Robert Mitchum will star as the father, and Connie Sellecca is on hand as a member of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.

Opera star Beverly Sills is going to try her hand at a TV talk show. She's agreed to host a weekly show for daytime television that Grant Tinker's GTG Entertainment will try to syndicate for the 1989-90 season. The aim, says Tinker, is to "bring back the upbeat feeling and sense of fun that Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas brought to daytime television."

"Superior Court" will have a new "judge" when the syndicated series begins its third season this fall. He'll be played by Raymond St. Jacques, a veteran actor whose credits include "Mr. Moses," "Black Like Me," "The Pawnbroker," "Roots" and guest appearances on "Cagney & Lacey," "The Love Boat" and "Hunter."

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