The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 31, 1975 · Page 78
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 78

Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, August 31, 1975
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"^ ;;••;* \ Abraham Lincoln (played by Hal Holbroolc) and hit son Tad (John Levin) confer in the special "Sandburg's Lincoln," Wednesday at 8 pJB. OB NBC. The program is one of several specials and new series to be aired this week. (See stories this page, Page Two and Page Eleven.) HIGHLIGHTS: 10:30 or 11:00 Fact the Nation (CBS) Guests are Frank G. Zarb, administrator of the Federal Energy Administration; and Rep. Bob Eckhardt (Dem,, Tex.). 11:30 Mtotthi Press (NBC) Guests are Leonard Woodcock, president of the United Automobile- Workers; I.W. Abel, international president of the United Steelworkers of America; Jerry Wurf, president of the American Federation of State/ County and Municipal Employes; Robert A. Georgine, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO; and John Ryor, president-designate of the National Education Association. 12:30 Issuts and Answtrs (ABC) Guest is John T. Dunlop, secretary of labor. SPORTS: Ttnnis: U.S. Opin, tarly round matches. Channels: 2-KQTV, 3-KTVO, 5-WOI, 6-KAAL, 7-KETV, 8-WQAD, 9-KCAU and 9-KCRG at 1:30. Golf: U.S. Mtn's Amattur, final round. Channels: 2-WMT, 3-KGLO, 4-WHBF, 6-WOWT, 7-KHQA, 88- KCCI, 8-WKBT, 11-KELO, 12-KEYC and 14-KMEG at 4. New shows 'amusing' but unoriginal AY GARDELLA NEW YORK, N.Y. --ILtele- vision seemed a little dull last night, be patient. By Thursday things will all be different. You'll be dining with "The Montefuscos," a large, Italian- American family, for Sunday dinner. Then, if pasta is not your dish, you can make a date on the same network with a divorcee, "Fay," a breezy, likeable, middle-aged woman entertainingly played by actress Lee Grant. While these two newcomers offer nothing particularly new to the sitcom world of television, they both manage to serve up their share of amusing moments, along with some hearty laughs. AS series go this fall, they'll be among the very few leading the pack. Tony Montefusco, as played by Joe Sirola, heads the large family, along with his bosomy wife, Rose, heavy handedly played by Naomi Stevens. But the rest of the cast, we admit, has been skillfully chosen. There's an oldest son, Frankie, well played by Ron Carey. His wife, Theresa, is portrayed by Phoebe Dorin, and they have several little ones. Another son, Joseph (John Aprea), is a Catholic priest; the youngest son, as played by Sal Viscus, is Nunzio — who changed his name to Danny White to get ahead in show business. "Try not to tell Pop," advises Frankie. But the funniest person in the entire family is Jim Cooney, played by Bill Cort. He's the Protestant husband of Angle, the Montefuscos' daughter, he's the perennial outcast, who never says the right thing and is always viewed with suspicion. He gets some of the best comedy lines to deliver. "Fay," in the "Mary Tyler Moore," "Rhoda," and "Phyllis" genre, even though the production company is not the same — it's Danny Thomas Productions — was originally intended for a late time slot on NBC so the life of a divorced woman could be freely explored. Since it's now slated for an earlier time slot Thursdays, caution is the keyword. But no great harm seems to be done. It's a good 30-minute outing, with a fine performance by Lee Grant in the title role, plus some good supporting players. There's Joe Silver, as NEW SHOWS ' Please turn to Page Two

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