Television: Family Feud

Carson and NBC go to court

Not since Fred Allen and Jack Benny went at each other on the radio has broadcasting seen such a feud. But whereas Allen and Benny were friends who fought for laughs, Johnny Carson and NBC President Fred Silverman are in earnest. The outcome of their battle will affect both men's careers and the immediate future of an ailing NBC. Last week they took their dispute to a Los Angeles judge, who must decide whether Carson has a valid contract with the network.

Carson says that he does not. Basing his case on a California law barring certain...

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