Programming: From Beautiful Downtown Nowhere

Weird electronic music. A psychedelic title card. And then, the opening scene of ABC's new "second season" show, Turn-On. Two computer operators, one white and one black, sit with their backs to the camera facing a madly flashing IBM 360, or something. Says black to white, "I've never programmed a program before." He must be the only second-season TV man in Hollywood who hasn't. By last week, eight midseason replacement shows had made their debuts, and they all looked like print-outs from a stuck computer.

Turn-On itself, produced by the originators of Laugh-In,...

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