Television: Pied Piper's Problems

"Congratulations," said a well-wisher last week to NBC's newly appointed vice president for television programming. "You mean condolences," replied Emanuel ("Manie") Sacks, a short, dark man of 52 with a talent for finding talent. Sacks was only half kidding. With the possible exception of watching the screen all day long, no task in TV is tougher than figuring out how to keep it filled. One of the big challenges facing Sacks and his fellow programmers on the other networks : the current season has turned into a big Unspectacular, and so far there is...

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