Show Business: Purge Week

On Manhattan's Sixth Avenue, where the TV networks have their headquarters, you could almost hear the knives being sharpened last week. It was that time of year again, and TV executives were quietly doing in the shows that had failed to measure up in the new season, then announcing their January replacements.

In a move to strengthen its weak showing in the Sunday-night ratings, CBS announced that it would drop two situation comedies, The Sandy Duncan Show and Anna and the King, a handsome but rather tired nonmusical rehash of The King and I. In their place the network laid on a...

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