Video: The Pulp Message of the Week

THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY CBS; Jan. 1, 9 p.m. EST

"Karen, you're not eating," says the concerned mother to her undernourished daughter. An edgy family discussion ensues over dinner. "You look too thin, if you ask me," says Mom. "Mother," replies Karen Carpenter, "how can anybody be too thin?"

Is this a Saturday Night Live sketch? An ad for the Beef Industry Council? No, it's The Karen Carpenter Story, a TV movie about the life and 1983 death (from heart failure linked to anorexia nervosa) of the creamy-voiced pop singer. The CBS film is a fitting New Year's Day kickoff for...

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