Short Takes: Mar. 15, 1993

TELEVISION

Prime-Time Gunslinging

AS JEFF GREENFIELD POINTED OUT IN AN amusing piece on Sunday's debut of DAY ONE, new TV shows often founder by experimenting too boldly (see 20/20 and PrimeTime Live). Perhaps with that in mind, the first episode of ABC's new magazine show emphasized old-fashioned, straight-ahead journalism. Most of the program was devoted to host Forrest Sawyer's report on a Portland, Oregon, man convicted of attempted murder for sleeping with his next-door neighbor when he knew he had AIDS. It was engrossing in the familiar 60 Minutes manner: dramatic storytelling, a clear-cut bad guy and a gunslinging reporter. Unfortunately,...

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