Television: Paar Exhumed

"Jack's back!" proclaimed ABC. "Television's most exciting personality returns to late night! He's as witty, warm, irreverent, unpredictable and controversial as ever." At least part of the network's ballyhoo was accurate. After eight years Jack Paar had indeed returned as a TV regular, and, yes, he was on late at night.

For viewers who had watched Paar in the late '50s and early '60s, however, the new Jack Paar was an acute attack of déjà vu. A large dollop of nostalgia was in order, of course, but younger viewers must simply have been...

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