Picks and Pans Review: Tuesday, June 28
CBS (8-9 p.m. ET)
Charles Kuralt and Bill Moyers are television's heirs to Walt Whitman, celebrating and investigating America through their distinctive essays. Scheduling them as a double bill is an inspired move by CBS, and introducing their respective half-hour summer series in the time slot following 60 Minutes should help to gain them new viewers. (Following this premiere episode, the two programs will move together to a Tuesday-night time slot through Aug. 23.) On the road again, Kuralt stops in Blenheim, S.C., where a handful of employees put out Blenheim's ginger ale, which, a plant worker notes, leaves "a taste you'll remember." So does Kuralt's gentle way with the unsung "little people."
In his series, Moyers attempts to illuminate major issues through individuals. In the first program he visits Los Alamos, N.Mex., where scientists have reconvened for a 40th-year reunion on the site where they helped to develop the first atomic bomb. Although Moyers offers no commentary on nuclear weaponry, the moral questions he raises show him at his inquisitive best.