Programming: The Corn Is Still Green

When the cast of the new CBS summer series, Hee Haw—a hillbilly version of Laugh-In—arrived at the train station to start taping in Nashville last May, the performers were paraded ceremoniously through town atop mule-drawn hay wagons. "We felt like such goddam fools riding down the main streets," recalls Co-Producer Frank Pep-piatt. "We thought there would be throngs to meet us, but we ended up waving to each other."

If the response to Hee Haw seemed ho-hum in Nashville—the holy see of Grand Ole Opry and country show biz —then it seemed likely...

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