Television: Viewpoints: The New Season, Part I

Here it is, folks! The week you have been waiting for, the week the networks premiere their brand-new, grand new ... ah ... product mix. Admittedly that phrase falls a trifle lamely on the ear, lacking as it does the excited tone of the on-air promos they have been pumping at us all summer. It does, however, have the virtue of accuracy. To begin with, the "new season" consists mainly of old stuff. Among television's 70 regularly scheduled prime-time programs, no fewer than 45 are carryovers from last year (and, in several instances, the...

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