Television angst

Stages on a scriptwriter's way
A new television season always begins in autumn, which is really a shame. Television needs a spring start, with buds bursting, grass growing greener, and trees coming alive. But the television producers rely on the waning daylight and bleaker weather to drive people indoors to their television sets. This year's premiers have been depressingly familiar—full of noise and empty humor. With all the creative talent seeking to attract and hold our attention, you'd think an occasional program would surprise us.

Among the shows that could be of more than passing interest are Nothing Sacred, a less-than-daring portrayal of a Roman Catholic priest; Michael Hayes, which features the sensitive David Caruso as a troubled but earnest federal prosecutor; George & Leo, with Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch playing mismatched in-laws; and the always welcome Bill Cosby as a retiree with too much time on his hands.


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