Television: Slaughter on Sixth Avenue

Fred Silverman sweeps out all of NBC's new shows

When Fred Silverman took over NBC last June, the fall lineup was already firmly in place, and the question was: When would the network's programs really be his? The answer came last week. In an unprecedented day of carnage, Silverman killed all seven of his predecessors' remaining new programs, or about a third of the entire nighttime schedule. Starting in January, when the shows he personally picked go on the air, NBC will officially be the Network that Freddie Built.

The slaughter on Sixth Avenue,...

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