Programming: Talkathon of Comment

Open up, speak out, controversy before caution, and the hell with the censors. That sums up the mood of TV 1968, and it cuts across all phases of programming.

Until recently, controversy on TV was considered as offensive as dead air. Sponsors would not have it, and neither would the viewers — or so it was supposed. Only a few commentators with clout, including Edward R. Murrow and Eric Sevareid, could get away with expressing sharp personal opinion. And certainly nobody succeeded with blatantly risque humor. This past season, the Smothers Brothers,...

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