Radio: The Imitators

The common denominator of most summer TV shows is that they are usually tired imitators of winter TV shows. But occasionally there is an agreeable surprise.

Some recent imitators, good and bad: The Duke (Fri. 8 p.m., NBC) has echoes both of Damon Runyon and all the situation comedies from I Love Lucy to The Life of Riley. Starring Newcomer Paul Gilbert as a middleweight boxing champion who has been lured into culture through a business connection with a Harvard man (Claude Stroud), the opening script (written by Hollywood's Charles Isaacs and Jack Elinson)...

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