Television: The Bad Old Summertime

One evening this week Metropolitan Opera Soprano Patrice Munsel will scoot out to New York City's Idlewild Airport, warble through her Show before TV cameras in the terminal, then wave a heartfelt farewell to her viewers as they watch her fly off for Europe. In her prop wash she will leave the U.S. to make the best of TV's summer season, including her own program's hot-weather replacement, ABC-TV's Frigidaire Summer Theater.

Most TV critics have groused for months over the dreariness of this summer's prospective fare. The economics of the television industry dictate...

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