G.E. Theater: Paul Winfield, whose portrayal of the father in Sounder earned him an academy award nomination, plays the title role in It's Good to Be Alive: The Story of Roy Campanella. Campanella was the Brooklyn Dodgers catcher whose career ended when he was paralyzed in an automobile accident. This might be another soapy, tear-jerking rip-off of Brian's Song. But with Winfield around, it also stands a good chance of being worth watching. Ch. 7, 9 p.m. 2 hours.

Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): A film about America's paranold, war-mongering military leaders. Not a documentary. With Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, and James Earl Jones. Ch. 7, 11:30 p.m. B/W, 2 hours.


ABC News Closeup: A special report on "Women in Prison". Ch. 5, 10 p.m. 1 hour.



The Wizard of Oz (1939): Now, isn't it about time that some good, clean, family entertainment appeared on television? Actually, this is the Wizard's 16th incarnation. Some trivia: When editing the film in 1939, MGM executives decided to drop the "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" number. Too sentimental, they said; slows down the film. Lyricist E.Y. Harburg talked them out of it. Aren't you glad? Ch. 4, 6:30 p.m. Color (except for the scenes in Kansas), 2 hours.

You Asked For it: A performance by a trained flea, all because YOU ASKED FOR IT! Right. Ch. 5, 7 p.m., 1/2 hour.


Theater in America: A performance of Leopard Bernstein's "Mass," the elaborate musical production that christened Washington's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1971. Ch. 2, 8 p.m. 2 hours.