Michele Lee and Justine Bateman take a...

Michele Lee and Justine Bateman take a vacation in Europe to rebuild their fractured mother-daughter relationship and end up being pursued by killers in the CBS movie “Strangers,” now in production in Paris. The two are set upon when they unknowingly capture evidence of a murder while videotaping a French couple in a passionate embrace.

Phylicia Rashad plays a sophisticated yuppie from Los Angeles, Dyan Cannon a backwoods bumpkin from Louisiana. The two mismatched ladies, both accused of crimes they didn’t commit, are thrown together in a prison cell for laughs in “Jailbirds,” a CBS movie now shooting in Lafayette, La.

Corbin Bernsen has completed filming a starring role in “The Morris Dees Story,” an NBC drama about a Southern lawyer and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center who wages a legal battle against a secret society bent on reasserting white supremacy in the United States. The movie, co-starring Jenny Lewis, will be telecast in the 1990-91 season.

Two related NBC movies, “Danielle Steel’s Fine Things” and “Danielle Steel’s Kaleidoscope,” will be telecast back-to-back in the 1990-91 TV season to create a sort of thematic miniseries. Both movies, now starting production, are based on the work of the best-selling romance novelist.


Tony Award Productions and CBS have agreed on a contract extension that allows CBS to broadcast the annual Antoinette Perry “Tony Awards” through 1995. CBS broadcast the 44th annual “Tony Awards,” which honors the best in Broadway theater, last week with host Kathleen Turner.

Gary Collins will host “The Miss America Pageant” on Sept. 8 for the ninth consecutive year. Reigning Miss America Debbye Turner will be on hand for the NBC broadcast from the boardwalk in Atlantic City to crown her successor.