Censorship: The Brothers' Troubles

Next to impersonations of Ed Sullivan, perhaps the most predictable feature of network television in recent years has been the outburst of yet another feud between the Smothers Brothers and the men in CBS's program-practices division. Otherwise known as censors, these men regularly delete what they consider to be the most offensive cracks from the Sunday evening Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. With equal regularity, the brothers threaten to quit. Last week, after a prolonged dispute over several parts of the March 9 program, CBS bounced the entire show and substituted a two-month-old rerun. The network claimed that the problem...

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