Television: Review

"Ernie Kovacs rehearses his confusion." says one TV producer, "but Jack Paar just creates it." Last week Funnyman Paar, whom critics have long accused of living in winter off the nut he stores up in summer, was awash in the unrehearsed confusion of a sprawling, winter-weight marathon ballyhooed by NBC as the "new" Tonight. Contorting his rubber-band lips around his familiar pipestem and some spottily diverting japes, neat, dumpling-cheeked Jack Paar, 39, glibly scared up a little offbeat fun and flapdoodle—something that the gossipists who succeeded Kovacs and Steve Allen were notably unable to do. Despite first-week jitters, technical flaps, occasional...

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