Show Business: Best Foot Forward

Troubled by House and Justice Department investigators, bedeviled by singing quiz contestants, TV still managed to put its best foot forward last week with some topnotch shows.

As sometimes happens when TV programs reach for quality, some turned out to be merely earnest bores. On NBC, the Hallmark production of Maxwell Anderson's Winterset proved that the living-room screen can be an embarrassing setting for characters who speak stilted blank verse (with Hamlet echoes) and live amid the topical excitement of another decade. Playhouse go (CBS) chose to grapple with second-rate Shaw, and even an excellent cast—Robert Morley, Claire Bloom, Siobhan McKenna—could...

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