Television: Feb. 9, 1968

Wednesday, February 7 CBS NEWS SPECIAL (CBS, 7:30-8:30 p.m.).* Charles Kuralt and cameramen track the abortive attempt last spring of an eleven-man team, headed by Minnesota Insurance Agent Ralph Plaisted, to become the first surface motorized expedition (riding snowmobiles) to reach the North Pole.

THE FRED ASTAIRE SHOW (NBC, 9-10 p.m.). Back on TV for his first musical special in eight years, Astaire and Co-Star Barrie Chase sing and dance to today's sounds, provided by Simon and Garfunkel, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, the Gordian Knot, the Young-Holt Trio and Neal Hefti and...