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Ninth year of straight science

In eight prizewinning years, Nova proved that straight science can sell. Result: the program has been crowded out of its regular Tuesday night slot by a host of imitators, including Walter Cronkite's irregularly scheduled Universe and Bob Guccione's hyperthyroid Omni.

For Nova's new position following CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Executive Producer John Mansfield has frontloaded his 20 new episodes with news-oriented documentaries, hoping to persuade Mike Wallace fans that relevance does not end at 8 p.m. E.D.T.

This week Nova opened its ninth season with the now familiar topic Computers, Spies and Private Lives. The show's strength...

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