Television: The Coming Season

Enter the graveyard. Read the small stones: Frontier Circus, Oct. 5, 1961—May 24, 1962; Cain's Hundred, Sept. 19, 1961—May 8, 1962; Father of the Bride, Oct. 6, 1961—May 18, 1962; Bus Stop, Oct. 1, 1961—March 25, 1962. But curiously, there are fewer this year. The infant mortality rate among television shows has gone into a slight decline. TV's mediocrity is apparently becoming institutional, and some programs are being kept alive for next season that would have been kicked into oblivion in the more ruthless years.

Shows like Hazel, Margie and Mr. Ed...

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