Television: End of the Affair

When Burr Tillstrom's gentle Kukla, Fran & Ollie was chopped down from half an hour to 15 minutes six years ago, some 10 million fans proved they could be as loud as they had been loyal. The New York Times complained that "minority" viewers were being disenfranchised. The Washington Times-Herald asked: "Who's responsible for this brainstorm—someone who's mad at the human race?" The late Playwright Robert Sherwood moaned: "Calamity." Last week ABC's Kukla, Fran & Ollie, TV's second oldest network show (after Kraft TV Theater) went dark after a ten-year run, and all...

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