Should drugs be legalized? That will be the subject of a "National Town Meeting" on ABC Sept. 13. Ted Koppel will host the broadcast, which will begin at 10 p.m., break for local news at 11 and then continue for at least two more hours at 11:30. He will be joined by a dozen advocates for and against the legalization question, and they will field calls from viewers.
Art Carney will be one of the hosts of "Jackie Gleason: The Great One," a two-hour tribute to the late entertainer that will air on CBS Sept. 17. Others paying their respects will be John Candy, Jane Curtin, Teri Garr, John Larroquette, Burt Reynolds, Audrey Meadows, Red Buttons and Sheila MacRae.
On the soap opera front, Michael E. Knight has rejoined the cast of ABC's "All My Children" as Tad Martin. He will be seen on the air for the first time Thursday. Knight won Emmys in 1986 and 1987 for his performance as Martin.
The closing concert at the Hollywood Bowl will be broadcast live by KCOP Channel 13 on Sept. 17. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks under the baton of assistant conductor David Allen Miller. Alex Trebek will host the TV coverage, aided by Gail Eichenthal of KUSC-FM (91.5), which will simulcast the concert.