Shelley Duvall followed up her first Showtime series, Faerie Tale Theatre, with Tall Tales & Legends, another series aimed at young audiences.
Only 9 episodes were produced between 1985-7, and reruns ultimately surfaced on the Disney Channel. Duvall would follow up with 1989's Nightmare Classics, which turned out to be the end of her run at Showtime, as only 4 of 6 scheduled episodes were made & broadcast.
From 1987, here's an adaptation of the tale of "John Henry". Broadway star Samm-Art Williams ("Big River") wrote the script. The program stars Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon"), Tom Hulce ("Amadeus"), Lynn Whitfield ("Sounder"), and Lou Rawls. Gospel legend Andrae Crouch directs the chorus.