ABC announced Tuesday a dozen movies and three miniseries ordered for next season, including the previously announced Stephen King adaptation “The Stand,” which will now be produced as an eight-hour miniseries from Laurel Entertainment and the network’s Greengrass Prods.
Other miniseries previously announced are “Heaven & Hell — North & South, Book III”– the Wolper Organization/Warner Bros.’ six-hour sequel to “North & South”– and the Polone Co.’s “JFK: Reckless Youth,” based on the Nigel Hamilton bestseller.
ABC aired 24 hours of the original “North & South” in the ’80s and has already ordered another sequel from Wolper and Warner Bros., based on “The Thorn Birds,” for the ’94-95 season.
The movie lineup will feature another movie starring the Olsen twins of “Full House,” the latest from Oprah Winfrey, three more “Columbo” vidpix, and Sissy Spacek in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation “A Place for Annie,” about a woman adopting an infant whose mother is dying of AIDS, co-starring Mary-Louise Parker and produced by Gross-Weston Prods. in association with Cannell Entertainment.
Winfrey’s Harpo Prods. will produce “There Are No Children Here,” based on the book about a Chicago housing project, while Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen will headline “The Twins Halloween Caper,” a haunted- house story from Green-Epstein Prods. and Dualstar Prods.
Female stars like Donna Mills, Mare Winningham, Victoria Principal, Mel Harris and Jean Smart headline five additional movies, with “Coach’s” Craig T. Nelson in another, “Ride the Wind” (Hearst Entertainment), as a motorcycle racer who befriends a young boy with leukemia.
Other movies are “My Name is Kate” (ABC Prods.), starring Mills as a woman forced to confront alcoholism, co-starring Daniel J. Travanti; “Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story” (Viacom), with Harris as a woman who takes up sailing while recovering from leukemia; “The Yarn Princess” (Konigsberg-Sanitsky), with Smart as a woman who fights to keep her family together; “Beyond Obsession” (Green-Epstein/Lorimar), with Principal headlining a mother-daughter murder mystery; and “Betrayed by Love” (Edgar J. Scherick/Greengrass), with Winningham investigating the death of her sister, an FBI informant.
Peter Falk continues in his third decade as Columbo, with William Shatner and Faye Dunaway set for two of the three movies.