September 11, 1978 12:00 PM

NBC (8 p.m. ET)

Broadway Joe turns into Sepulveda Blvd. Joe, and the network hopes his bedroom eyes, rather than his gimpy knees, take them to the Nielsen Bowl. Network veterans Dean Martin, O.J. Simpson and Melissa Gilbert help run interference for Namath before his comedy series kicks off in the second half hour. As coach of a high school basketball team, Joe is remarkably good, but Madison Avenue media mavens predict the series will be sacked early. They’ve been wrong before.

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