Television: The Return of the Smothers

The Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. staged a modish little executive brain-storming seminar in exurban New York last week. The subject was the future of television programming; the guest thinkers included Anthropologist Margaret Mead, Esquire Editor Harold Hayes, Ford Foundation "Social Development" Officer Roger Wilkins—and Tommy Smothers.

Former CBS Star Smothers was kind of apologetic for his presence. "I didn't realize I was important until they made me shut up," he explained. But Tommy also sounded mighty wistful for larger audiences than the Westinghouse assemblage of 30. Immediately after his speech, in which he...

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