Television: Is Prime Time Ready for Sex?

Will young Jodie go through with his sex-change operation and marry a football player? Will Cousin Corinne continue bedding down the local tennis pro, despite hard-breathing competition from her mother? Will Father Flotsky modernize the Mass by substituting Oreo cookies for the traditional wafers? And will Soap, the new ABC comedy that features all these characters, be a TV sensation this September?

The show has become this year's lightning rod for controversy, real or contrived, about the upcoming prime time season. Robert Bennett, ABC affiliates vice chairman, calls it "a sophisticated adult farce." The network has been screening the show for...

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