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July 15, 1990|Daniel Cerone

Fred Savage has been cast to star in the ABC movie, "The Legacy of Michael Patrick Smith," for the fall TV season. The two-hour movie is based on the true story of a boy with muscular dystrophy who felt his civil rights were being abused by the inhumane treatment he received in nursing homes.

Reporters were sent to the streets of America with bizarre questions for "Funny You Should Ask," a new half-hour comedy special airing Aug. 10 on CBS. The hosts are Steve Kelley and Arleen Sorkin.

King World had the top three daily syndicated shows last season with "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy!," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" finishing one, two and three respectively. The rest of the Top 10 were "The Cosby Show," "Entertainment Tonight," "A Current Affair," "Cheers," "Inside Edition," "Donahue" and "Family Feud."

Two NBC miniseries planned for the new season: "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," based on Allan Gurganus' best-selling novel, looks at the years between the end of the Civil War and today through the eyes of 90-year-old Lucy Marsden, a widow now living in a North Carolina charity home. "A Woman Named Jackie," based on the biography by C. David Heymann, is an intimate portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

"Night Music," the late-night syndicated music series hosted by David Sanborn, will return for a third season. Executive producer of the acclaimed series is Lorne Michaels, creator and producer of "Saturday Night Live."

Fox's "America's Most Wanted" joins forces with the Royal Canadian Mounties at their request to profile Canadian fugitives beginning July 29. The reality-based crime show hopes to track Canadian criminals who have fled to the U.S. and American fugitives gone North.

Arsenio Hall has agreed to host "The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards" live from the Universal Amphitheatre on Sept. 6.

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