CRITIQUE: Fat, Happy and Bland

Prime time, profit entertainment programming is dedicated to pleasing the majority of viewers and by and large not serving that minority of people whose tastes are more highly developed ... We find that there is too little experimentation [on network television]. We find too much concern for playing it safe. We find a need for more diversity.

Had that unexceptionable judgment been made during a panel show on public television, it would have been regarded as old hat. But the commentator was Roger Grimsby, and the program was ABC News Closeup. Last week the documentary series examined the entertainment side...

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