The comedians: Tom and Dick Smothers The straight man: CBS President William S. Paley The collision: The brothers' prime-time sketch and variety show had been getting increasingly more politlcally aware since its debut in 1967. But with the censoring of folk singer Pete Seeger's anti-Vietnam War song "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy," network execs showed they were uncomfortable with the show's political content. While the brothers continued to focus their satire on President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam war, the censors began demanding that all content be pre-approved by them. The conflict ended with their show being canceled in 1969. It won an Emmy later that same year.
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