Television: Key Critic

TV critics suffer professionally from the viewpoint of the goofus bird, which flies backward so it can see where it has been. Unlike reviewers who guide their readers to new plays, movies and books, they can only reminisce about shows that have disappeared into thin air. By finding a way to remedy this built-in defect of the craft, a young (31) New Yorker named Steven H. Scheuer has built up the most widely syndicated TV feature in the U.S. press. His technique: capsule previews of the day's top viewing based on scripts, rehearsals and screenings, which he covers in Manhattan and...

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