Radio: The Upper Hand

For two months, Veteran Author Ben (The Front Page) Hecht had spent four nights a week in front of his TV set, and it was a disturbing experience. But Hecht, sometime newspaperman, playwright, movie scenarist and novelist, felt it was necessary before setting to work on his first TV drama series, Tales of the City (alternate Thursdays, 8:30 p.m., CBS). His conclusions about TV: "There is no such thing as action in television. All the actors do is pretend there has been action—they pant and they groan and they tell you how far they have just run. TV seems dedicated to...

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