Television: Wide-Awake Sleeper

One Sunday afternoon, the day when TV networks pay commerce's homage to culture, CBS casually dropped a small token into its schedule: a show that offered nothing to the eye but four people talking, nothing to the ear but talk of how to use the English language properly. To the surprise of network skeptics, The Last Word proved the sleeper of 1957, demonstrated that syntax can be made almost as fascinating as sin. Rounding out its sixth month this week, the lively sleeper (now on at 6 p.m., E.D.T.) is still piling up a whopping 1,000 letters a day from Americans...

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