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"World of Disney' makes wonderful reappearance

The Wonderful World of Disney returns to Sunday night television this fall. Three guesses which network is responsible.

ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., will show 35 Disney-sponsored films starting Sept. 21 on Sundays at 7 p.m., the network said Tuesday.

It brings back to life one of the most venerable series on television. It ran for 34 years and touched down on three different networks and under several different names.

Disney head Michael Eisner takes over the late Walt Disney's role in introducing each week's movie.

Included on the schedule will be broadcast television premieres of the movies Pocahontas, The Santa Clause and Babe.

"While The Wonderful World of Disney will be true to its heritage, the series has been tailored for today's audiences," said Jamie Tarses, president of ABC Entertainment.

Several made-for-television movies will also be featured, including Oliver Twist, which will star Richard Dreyfuss, and From Garbage to the Gridiron, starring Tony Danza as a garbage man who becomes a kicker for a pro football team.

The Disney series began on ABC in 1954, and was a big hit with its Davy Crockett features. The series switched to NBC from 1961 to 1981, then was picked up by CBS for two years. ABC and NBC attempted brief revivals of the series later in the 1980s, and it went off the air in 1990.

At various times, the show was titled Disneyland, Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney, The Disney Sunday Movie and The Magical World of Disney.