Romance is in the airwaves on 'Murphy' and 'Exposure'

There's no "Scarlett" on CBS tonight, but there is a "Scarlett" on TBS -- "The Scarlett O'Hara War," a 1980 telemovie (actually, one portion of a larger miniseries called "Moviola") about the hunt for the actress to star in "Gone With the Wind." Elsewhere on TV, there's an unexpected romantic entanglement on "Murphy Brown," and an unexpected romantic disentanglement on "Northern Exposure." Welcome to sweeps month.

* "Melrose Place." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In tonight's episode, Amanda (Heather Locklear) takes off the kid gloves, while Alison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) takes off a lot more at poolside. Fox.


* "A Child's Cry For Help." (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sad to say, but the Smith case probably will heighten the awareness and audience for this telemovie, in which Veronica Hamel and Pam Dawber star in a tale of what turns out to be "unthinkable" child abuse and endangerment. NBC.

* "Murphy Brown." (9-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- After all those years on "F.Y.I.," Corky (Faith Ford) finds an eligible bachelor right on the set: producer Miles (Grant Shaud). CBS.


* "The Windsors: A Royal Family." (9-11 p.m., WMPT, Channel 22 and Channel 67) -- Part 2. This installment of the documentary series focuses on Queen Elizabeth II. PBS.

* "Northern Exposure." (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This episode begins as though something's been lost in sequence. Maurice (Barry Corbin) is upset by Joel's lengthy disappearance in the remote lands to the north, and sends Ed (Darren E. Burrows) to track him down and bring him back. Ed does the former, but before he can do the latter, Joel (Rob Morrow) starts telling him a story -- which is when he flashbacks to where last week's "Northern Exposure" left off. CBS.


* "The Scarlett O'Hara War." (8:05-10:05 p.m., TBS) -- Tony Curtis stars as David O. Selznick in this romantic docudrama about the making of "Gone With the Wind." Ironically, the director of "The Scarlett O'Hara War" is John Erman, who also directs this week's "Scarlett" miniseries on CBS. Watch for Morgan Brittany as Vivian Leigh -- at the time, perfect casting -- and Sharon Gless as Carole Lombard.