Television: The Unsinkable Tom Smothers

On the wall of the cabana alongside Tommy Smothers' swimming pool in Hollywood Hills hangs a life preserver labeled S.S. Unsinkable. Lately, following his censorship dustup with CBS and the network's subsequent banishment of his music and comedy series, it has seemed rather out of place. But last week the Smothers Brothers bobbed up again, bound for the national airwaves. Unlike Joe Namath, they have not been persuaded to rejoin their old employer. They have beaten the ban by forming what amounts to an ad hoc TV network of their own.

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