"When I committed to do a 10-week comedy variety series on NBC, I thought / could do something significant I saw only the possibilities of TV as a way of communicating...But the reality of what the network censors allowed on prime-time undercut all my enthusiasm. Not only were we pitted against Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, the two top-rated shows, but the network censors thwarted me from the git-go. Because I didn't want to sell out completely I got NBC to agree to reduce the number of shows from 10 to 4, the less the better. We still managed to deliver an exciting, surprising and provocative show. The show was no vanilla milkshake. It was poignant. I am proud of the effort."