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August 28, 1988|LEE MARGULIES

"The Brady Bunch" is reuniting for a Christmas special, with all but one of the original cast members. Robert Reed and Florence Henderson will head the cast of CBS' "A Very Brady Christmas," playing grandparents. Also back are Ann B. Davis, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb. Jennifer Runyon is new to the cast as daughter Cindy, replacing Susan Olsen.

Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, two of Hollywood's most famous cowboys, are teaming up on a couple of programs for cable's Nashville network. The company says this marks the first time they've performed together since the 1938 film "The Old Barn Dance." Rogers will be a guest on four installments of Autry's "Melody Ranch Theater" in October and November; Autry will appear on four segments of Rogers' "Happy Trails Theatre" beginning in November.

Scott Glenn has the lead role in "Intrigue," a TV movie that CBS plans to broadcast Sept. 11. He plays a secret U.S. agent who is assigned to return to this country an American who had defected to the Soviet Union. Robert Loggia plays the defector.

Come September--the 19th, to be exact--NBC is axing its early morning business report, "Before Hours," and will replace it with an expanded version of "NBC News at Sunrise." The expanded show, which airs before "Today" in most cities, will feature elements of "Before Hours," including a daily stock market forecast by a Wall Street Journal reporter and weekly commentaries by former Treasury Secretary Donald Regan.

Dolly Parton won't be returning to TV this fall in her ABC variety series, but fans can get a prime-time dose of her on Oct. 10 when she hosts the 22nd annual Country Music Assn. Awards on CBS. The show will originate at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Tyne Daly of "Cagney & Lacey" will host a documentary for the Lifetime cable channel. It's called "Gangs: Not My Kid" and reports on the factors that influence young people to join gangs and the effect that decision has on their families.

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