Here's a roundup of winter and spring TV-movies and specials to keep in mind when seeking out alternative, strike-time programming:
Husband for Hire | Jan. 19, at 8 pm/ET, Oxygen
A single woman (Nadine Velazquez) has 24 hours to find a husband in order to inherit her share of the family fortune. Mark Consuelos, Erik Estrada and Mario Lopez costar.
Daniel's Daughter | Jan. 26, 9 pm, Hallmark Channel
Laura Leighton ( Melrose Place) plays a woman who realizes how much she has in common with her late father when she fulfills his last wish.
The Russell Girl | Jan. 27, 9 pm, CBS
Amber Tamblyn ( Joan of Arcadia) stars as an aspiring med student who returns home to confront her difficult past.
Bernard and Doris | Feb. 9, 8 pm, HBO
Eccentric billionaire Doris Duke (Susan Sarandon) hires penniless Irish butler Bernard Lafferty (Ralph Fiennes) and then leaves him her fortune in this fictional tale based on true events.
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards | Feb. 10, 8 pm, CBS
Rapper Kanye West and troubled soulstress Amy Winehouse round out the top of the nominees list on music's big night.
Knight Rider | Feb. 17, 9 pm, NBC
This new sequel to the cult favorite features soap stud Justin Bruening, and includes an upgrade for KITT - now voiced by Arrested Development's Will Arnett - and the return of the Hoff!
A Raisin in the Sun | Feb. 25, 8 pm, ABC
Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald ( Private Practice) and John Stamos ( ER) star in a stirring TV-movie adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play about a struggling African-American family in 1950s Chicago. "Hansberry's work is a classic," says executive producer Neil Meron. "There are always people whose dreams get thwarted, and there are always issues of class and race." The film features many of the same cast members who appeared in the 2004 Broadway hit. Adds Meron, who also produced the recent film versions of Chicago and Hairspray, "This wouldn't have happened without Sean's commitment. He's been an unbelievable supporter of the piece." | Watch video preview
John Adams | March 16, HBO
Paul Giamatti plays our second president in this seven-part miniseries based on David McCullough's best-selling biography. The all-star cast includes Laura Linney as Abigail Adams, Tom Wilkinson as Ben Franklin and David Morse as George Washington.
Black Magic | March 16 17, 9 pm, ESPN
Basketball players and coaches from black colleges recall their experiences during the civil-rights movement in this two-part documentary.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter | April, Lifetime
Kim Edwards' popular book-club tale of a father (Dermot Mulroney) who gives away his special-needs daughter at birth and the nurse who raises her comes to TV. Emily Watson and Gretchen Mol costar.
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