Programs: Wonderful World of Color

"Literate, funny, warm and tender" was Producer Hal Kanter's unblushing preseason review of his new NBC show Julia, the first TV series to focus on a Negro family. "Julia will be an opportunity to show the world how black people live," chimed in Diahann Carroll, late of Broadway (No Strings) and Hollywood (Hurry Sundown), who plays the title role.

Now eleven episodes old, Julia unfortunately shows no such thing. It is trite, sugary and preposterous. Take one recent show. When a kid says "Hello, there" to Julia's bright six-year-old son Corey (Marc Copage),...