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As a sketch-comedy show that features women, She TV is a rare thing; equally unusual, it is also smart and funny

How do you recognize a tv breakthrough? Network publicists usually try hard to sound the alert -- a cop show with nudity! an Asian-American sitcom! She TV too arrived on ABC last month with a high-concept selling point: TV's first sketch-comedy show focusing on, and creatively dominated by, women. Actually, from a commercial standpoint the female angle has probably hurt more than it has helped. Critics were generally cool to a show that wore its feminist agenda on its sleeve, and a lot of potential male viewers were probably scared off as well. Ratings have been mediocre, and prospects for the...