Would It Fool the Family Cat?

The networks learn from their mistakes, and learn, and learn . . .

It was a disappointing fall for the Big Three networks, but they learned some valuable lessons. For example: while most viewers like cop shows and enjoy a good song, they definitely have no patience for singing cops. Also: even well-done family sitcoms, like NBC's Parenthood, are apt to get lost in the current oversupply of cute TV clans. And pouring big money into shows to compete with CBS's Sunday-night powerhouse 60 Minutes is a fruitless exercise. NBC, at least, seems to have learned that lesson: in February it will introduce Sunday Best, a shamelessly cost-efficient variety show that will feature highlights...

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