Show Business: Viewpoints

THE NEW BILL COSBY SHOW. CBS. Monday, 10-11 p.m.E.D.T.

This show is fast becoming one of TV's best variety spots. Cosby, who tells stories rather than jokes, is funny half the time and terrible half the time. He seems to have no middle ground, but the good half generally makes you forget the bad. Guest comedians, such as Peter Sellers and Lily Tomlin, together with a regular like Foster Brooks, provide a happy balance to his sometimes overly understated style.

Like Flip Wilson on NBC, Cosby uses his hour as a showcase for black talent, with some of the best singers and dancers...

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