Television: Old Moderately

Want success as a TV variety show star? Relax.

Perry Como and Andy Williams proved the rule, though their effortlessness had to be rehearsed. To produce a 60-minute program, Como tapes for as much as two days, Williams for up to eleven hours. Now both of them are being outrelaxed by a competitor so genuinely casual that he can't be bothered with a real rehearsal or even a retake. As a result, The Dean Martin Show is hoisting itself ever higher in the ratings and is the closest thing on the air to the free and easy spontaneity of old-fashioned live...

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