Television: Viewpoints

Television's summertime miniseason is even more mini than usual this year. The 16-week Writers Guild of America strike, settled six weeks ago, reduced both the quantity and quality of new summer-replacement shows. With fresh scripts unavailable, CBS opted out of the season altogether; ABC and NBC scrimped up four and two new entries respectively. Most of them reinforce the notion that summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors. A sampling:

FLIP WILSON PRESENTS: The Helen Ready Show (NBC, Thursday, 8-9 p.m. E.D.T.). Helen Reddy won a Grammy last year for her recording of I Am Woman, which has since...

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