Television: Chevy Slips into Prime Time

For Chevy Chase, the road to success has been paved with gold banana peels. As one of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players on NBC'S Saturday Night Live, Chase stumbled to stardom with his pratfall impressions of President Ford, and NBC gave him a $2 million-plus contract to create and star in three of his own TV specials. The Chevy Chase Show, which airs this week (May 5,10:00 p.m. E.D.T.), is a series of quick-cut sketches devoted to TV itself.

Chase shows a cheeky sense of the medium's absurdities and a fearless inclination...

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