Unlearning Its Own Lessons

SHOW: GHOSTWRITER

TIME: SUNDAYS, 6 P.M. MOST STATIONS, PBS

THE BOTTOM LINE: The Children's Television Workshop tackles illiteracy in a new series, but forgets how to entertain.

In the vast, often murky sea of kids' programming, the Children's Television Workshop has always been a beacon. From Sesame Street, the groundbreaking preschool show, through 3-2-1 Contact (focusing on science) and Square One TV (math), CTW has struck an almost ideal balance between education and entertainment. Its shows are savvy in the ways of television, imaginative, full of life. Above all, they respect young viewers' intelligence even while trying to teach them a...

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