Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Television : Winkler returns to TV; A&E; tells tale of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh


Henry Winkler returns to acting in “Absolute Strangers” as a man who decides to terminate the pregnancy of his comatose wife in order to save her life. Production has been completed on the CBS drama for airing later in the season.

Starting this week, Julie Osborne will revive her role of Kathleen Winthrop on “Another World.” Four years ago, Osborne left the series when Kathleen supposedly died in a plane crash. Osborne has signed on for a limited run.

Comic John Byner is the host of A&E;'s new comedy series “Comedy on the Road,” premiering Feb. 16 at 7 and 11 p.m. Every week, Byner will travel to comedy clubs around the country to introduce new and familiar funny faces.

Also up next month on A&E; is “Darling of the Gods,” a four-hour drama about the tragic private lives of husband-and-wife Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Anthony Higgins and Mel Martin star in the British-made drama which debuts Feb. 21.


For 16 hours next month, the Movie Channel goes Marxist-as in Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo. On Feb. 8 at 9 p.m., TMC will begin airing vintage Marx Brothers comedies starting with “Duck Soup,” followed by “Horse Feathers,” “Monkey Business,” “The Cocoanuts” (their first), “At the Circus” and “Go West.” The Marxfest will continue until about 1 p.m. the next day.

John Ritter (“Three’s Company”) is scheduled to make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of NBC’s “The Cosby Show.” Storyline and telecast date will be announced later.

Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret are set to star in “Our Sons,” an ABC movie-of-the-week to air later this season. The drama deals with two women who are brought together by the impending death of one of their sons from AIDS.