Television: A Potpourri of Special Fare

Programs of intelligence: political and scientific

Snail tracks have been observed in Hollywood: the actors' strike is inching toward a settlement. But Happy Days are not here yet. It could take a month or more for the old shows to return with new episodes. In the interim, viewers can choose among "specials" and series from the commercial networks and PBS that will instruct, provoke and entertain in intelligent new ways. For the next few weeks, TV will mute its role as electronic babysitter and engage the viewer in adult conversation. En garde, sitcommers and...

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