Television: Too Candid Camera?

The television networks are becoming less skittish about dealing with "adult" subjects. But what about audiences? The question was raised most recently by Born Innocent, a made-for-TV movie that NBC telecast in the new season's first week. A chilling exposition of life in a juvenile detention home, the two-hour-long show featured a powerful performance by Actress Linda Blair, playing a nubile 14-year-old girl who is destroyed by an inhumane system. It was harsh, realistic drama, and the climax was as raw as anything yet seen on network TV—a scene in a shower, where Linda is raped with a broom handle by...

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