Show Business: Talent on Approval

The summer TV season is not wholly a faded festival of reruns. Sometimes the networks use it to examine talent on approval, testing prospects for possible recall during the dark days of winter. The newest and brightest experiment of this type is CBS's Melba Moore-Clifton Davis Show, a slick, soulful variety series now subbing for the Carol Burnett Show.

Offering a combination of urbane musical comedy and hip ghetto humor, the hour-long program features two young black stars whose previous exposure has been mainly in New York theaters. Moore and Davis, offstage roommates...

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