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TODAY’S NEWS, TOMORROW’S TELEVISION : Who is Dale Midkiff and why is he doing all these TV movies?

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Dale Midkiff is one busy actor. Last month he starred in two TV movies-of-the-week: NBC’s “The Marla Hanson Story” and CBS’ “Sins of the Mother.” On March 18, he stars with Alex McArthur of “Desperado” fame in the NBC drama “Death of a San Antonio Cop.” The drama chronicles the true story of two San Antonio cops who begin as best friends only to end up enemies.

This month, CBS’ “As the World Turns” will travel to Puerto Rico to shoot a storyline involving Duncan (Michael Swan), Tonio (Peter Boynton) and Sabrina (Claire Beckman).

Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and Toto, too, are back when CBS airs the classic 1939 “The Wizard of Oz,” March 19 at 8 p.m.

Mario Van Peebles, Polly Holliday and Susan Ruttan star in “A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story,” airing April 2 on CBS. The drama is based on the true story of the late Ricky Bell, the former USC and NFL running back and his relationship with a physically challenged young boy.

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KCET highlights its March pledge programing with the 14-part series “Joseph Campbell: Transformations of Myth Through Time,” beginning with episodes one through three, March 17 at noon. The series, which will continue March 23, investigates the late Campbell’s philosophy of the commonality of themes in world myths.

Opera tenor Jose Carreras performs the music of Andrew Lloyd-Webber in the American television premiere of “Jose Carreras Sings Andrew Lloyd-Webber,” airing March 18 at 7 p.m. on Bravo. Taped October 1989 at London Dominion Theatre, Carreras sings “Memory” from “Cats” and “The Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera.”

World International Network and Dove Communications, Inc. have agreed to produce movies and miniseries for television. The first project under their new agreement is “Sidney Sheldon’s Memories of Midnight,” a four-hour miniseries based on Sheldon’s current bestseller. The series begins production in Europe this May and will air on KTLA in November.

Phyllis Logan has joined the cast of ABC’s “All my Children” as Arlene Vaughn, the alcoholic sister of Trevor Dillon, who has decided to move to Pine Valley. Matt Borlenghi also has joined the series as Pine Valley high school student Brian Bodine.


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