Here's a rundown of new and special programming coming up on the Disney Channel:
FRANK SINATRA TV SPECIALS
The Disney Channel will air Frank Sinatra's 13 TV specials every other months for the next two years, beginning with "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back" (1973) at 9 p.m., April 29.
Other specials include "Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing" (1968); "Frank Sinatra: A Man & His Music, Part II" (1966); "Frank Sinatra: 40th Anniversary Show," "Frank Sinatra in Japan" (1985); "Frank Sinatra Royal Festival Hall" (1970); "The Main Event" (1974); "A Man and His Music and Ella and Jobim" (1967); "Sinatra" (1969); "Concert for the Americas;" "Sinatra & Friends," and "Sinatra: The Man & His Music" (1981).
"WHAD' YA KNOW?"
Michael Feldman, star of National Public Radio's "Whad' Ya Know?," stars in half-hour comedy specials based on his radio series, Sundays at 9:30 p.m. throughout March. Taped in Madison, Wis., home base of Feldman's radio show, the specials blend humor, national call-in quizzes, special guests and profiles of randomly chosen "Towns of the Week."
The legendary Motown group The Temptations will perform their greatest hits in the concert special "The Temptations Get Ready," airing May 13 at 9 p.m.
Another rock legend, Paul Simon, will perform and talk about his life in "Paul Simon: Solo," airing on the Disney Channel June 10 at 9 p.m.
EARTH WEEK SPECIALS
During Earth Week 1990--April 21-28--the Disney Channel will have original series, documentaries, specials and movies highlighting the preservation of the environment and an increased concern for the animal kingdom.
The Disney Channel's newest series "Avonlea" airs every Monday evening at 8 o'clock through May.
Produced by Emmy Award-winning film maker Kevin Sullivan of "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne of Avonlea" miniseries fame, "Avonlea" is based on the stories of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.
William Devane and Brandon Douglas star in the adventure "Chips, the War Dog," airing March 24 at 7 p.m., based on the real-life exploits of a German shepherd from Indiana who joins the service during World War II and becomes a decorated hero.
Shelley Duvall stars in and produces her first movie musical "Mother Goose Rock 'N' Rhyme," set to air on the Disney Channel in May. The musical fantasy features Ben Vereen as the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Richard as Old King Cole, Howie Mandel as Humpty Dumpty, Paul Simon as Simple Simon and Pia Zadora as Little Miss Muffet.
The Disney Channel hasn't forgotten its No. 1 audience--children. It has two new daytime series set for the fall: "Jim Henson's Mother Goose," based on the classic nursery rhymes and featuring new Jim Henson puppets. The series will air Saturday mornings.
"Little Mermaids Island" stars the characters from the hit Disney animated film. Airing weekdays, "Little Mermaid's Island" will feature actors and new Jim Henson puppets. Each 30-minute episode will introduce four new songs.
The Disney Channel will premiere the 1988 blockbuster "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" in June and will also be airing in subsequent months "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and "The Little Mermaid."