Cliff Robertson and Loretta Swit will portray Mel and Deo Fisher in a TV movie about the couple, who spent more than 16 years searching for a treasure-laden Spanish galleon that sunk in 1622. As “Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story” will chronicle, they found the rich wreckage last year. The movie will air on CBS.
Alan Thicke, who stars in the comedy “Growing Pains,” will host “Miss Hollywood, 1986,” a beauty pageant that ABC plans to telecast May 10. It will originate at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
Bette Midler is developing a TV movie for NBC based on the book “Winnie: My Life in the Institution.” If it gets approval from the network, the film would detail the experiences of Gwina (Winnie) Sprockett, who grew up in a mental institution.
Sept. 21 has been set as the date for the 38th annual Emmy Awards, which will take place again at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with NBC covering. Alexander H. Cohen will be the executive producer of the telecast, his third stint in that role. He produced last year’s telecast as well as the 1978 event. His wife, Hildy Parks, will be the producer-writer, as she was last year. The creative craft Emmys will be awarded at a non-televised ceremony Sept. 6.
Meanwhile, the Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out in New York City on a live 90-minute telecast in mid-July. NBC will carry that one too, with the exact date yet to be determined.
Soccer fans will be able to follow World Cup ’86 action on KMEX Channel 34. There’ll be both live and tape-delayed games in this championship tournament that features the 24 national teams that remain in contention after three years of worldwide competition. The 24 finalists begin their elimination tournament May 31 in Mexico City.
ABC has set June 1 as the telecast date for “The Indomitable Teddy Roosevelt,” a two-hour documentary about the former president. In addition to newsreel footage dating back to 1896, the program includes dramatic re-creations of scenes involving the Roosevelt family, with Bob Boyd as Teddy. George C. Scott serves as narrator.
NBC has ordered three new cartoon series for its Saturday morning children’s schedule. Due to premiere Sept. 13 are “Kissyfur,” about two bears, “Foofur,” about a hound dog, and “Lazer Tag,” about a teen-age boy from the future who travels back to the present to prevent a villain from changing the course of history.
“25 Years of the Presidency,” a program produced by KPBS Channel 15 in San Diego, is scheduled to be telecast on the Public Broadcasting Service in June. It’s a symposium about the internal workings of the White House, featuring top aides from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations. John Chancellor is moderator.