TELEVISION: DOES THE EYE HAVE IT?

CBS MAKES A LONG-BELATED ENTRY INTO CABLE, BUT EYE ON PEOPLE WILL HAVE TROUBLE FINDING A NICHE

Muhammad Ali, a puffy and nearly immobile promoter for a new cable channel called American Sports Classics, sat in a director's chair as a line of people trooped up, one by one, to sit next to him, shake his hand and get a Polaroid memento of the occasion. Comedy Central enlivened the floor at the cable-TV industry's national convention two weeks ago with an array of carnival games, like Skee Ball. CBS, pushing its new cable channel, Eye on People, took a more subdued approach, with a booth featuring plush blue carpeting, comfortable seating and lots of space. The only thing...

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