Show Business: A Melancholy Business

"It has now been made crystal clear that the American people hold the networks responsible for what appears on their schedules." With that belated recognition of the obvious, CBS President Frank Stanton announced that his network will no longer permit "games whose major appeal is the winning of large sums of money or lavishly expensive prizes." CBS followed through by axing The Big Payoff, Top Dollar and Name That Tune.

But rival NBC wanted none of that solution. Suggesting archly that to be consistent CBS would have to drop such petty-cash guessing games as I've Got a Secret and What's My Line?,...

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