Cable's Nashville Network presents a rare program of interest to more than just country-music fans: Tennessee Ernie Ford: 50 Golden Years (9 p.m.), a tribute to the veteran entertainer who had his own show for five years in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The one-hour salute is a combination of film and video clips from Ford's The Ford Show, a consistent top-20-rated variety show on NBC, and reminiscences by Ford friends and colleagues taped at NBC's Studio 1 in Burbank, Calif., where The Ford Show was done. Among them are entertainers Dinah Shore, George Gobel, Jim Lange, Della Reese, Cliffie Stone, Molly Bee, George Lindsey and Minnie Pearl. The clips include Ford's classic rendition of the song "Sixteen Tons"; comedy sketches by Ford, Pearl, Gobeland Andy Devine; and other country and gospel favorites. The Everly Brothers, who appeared on the show as children, also perform Bird Dog and All I Have to Do Is Dream.
- JON BURLINGAME, TV Data