Daniel J. Travanti of "Hill Street Blues" fame and William Daniels, one of the former stars of "St. Elsewhere," will play opposing attorneys in "Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder," a TV movie for NBC. Travanti will play prosecutor Joe Hynes; Daniels will portray defense attorney David Slaney. Also in the cast, playing a detective, is Dan Lauria, the father on "The Wonder Years."
Anita Baker and Dick Clark will host a two-hour special for CBS on June 22, "The Songwriters Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary . . . The Magic of Music." Also appearing on the program will be Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Liza Minnelli, Lou Rawls and Jeffrey Osborne, among others.
Joan Ganz Conney, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Children's Television Workshop, will receive a special Emmy Award at the 16th annual Daytime Emmy Awards later this month. As head of the company that has produced "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company," "3-2-1 Contact" and "Square One TV," she will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy.
The recent Lincoln Center Theater production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" is being taped for presentation on PBS' "Great Performances" next season. It stars Spalding Gray as the stage manager and Penelope Ann Miller and Eric Stoltz as the young lovers Emily and George.