After spending several years in her young adult life in Minneapolis but with her brash Bronx Jewish upbringing in tow and with its associated sarcasm, artistically inclined Rhoda ... See full summary »
Mary Richards moves to Minneapolis after a relationship goes bad. She finds work as an associate producer in a small television newsroom where the characters include Lou Grant, her gruff boss, Murray Slaughter the humorous writer, and Ted Baxter the Anchor Man who spends his time mispronouncing country names. Mary continues to hope for romance, but finds that her friends are more dependable.Written by
Broadcast News was James L Brooks' second feature film; the follow up to his multiple Oscar winner "Terms of Endearment", and very much a remake and a rethink of his 1970s TV show "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"; with the William Hurt character Tom Grunick very much a bubble-headed update of the equally vacuous Ted Baxter anchorman character from that show; the Albert Brooks character an update of the petulant smart-alek Murray Slaughter character from that show; and the Jane Craig character a hybrid of the Lou Grant and Mary Richards characters. In Broadcast News Jane has a relationship and a crush on the bubble-headed anchorman character; and in the original concept of the show Mary was supposed to have a relationship with the shallow anchorman Ted also. In Broadcast News Albert Brooks's sarcastic, under-acheiver Aaron Altman character has an unrequited crush on Jane Craig; with whom he has a friendship; and on the Mary Tylre Moore Show Murray similarly is friends with Mary and has an unrequited crush on her also. See more »
The exterior establishing shot of the building where WJM is located, usually zooms closely to a window, but the newsroom has no windows, except Lou Grant's office- which opens onto a brick wall. There are no nearby buildings with brick walls. See more »
Folks, I've just received a special news bulletin: "You have something on your front tooth."
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In episode 71 the MTM Kitten was replaced by Miss Moore herself, saying "Th-th-th-that's all folks!", a line spoken by Mary Richards during that episode. See more »
This was my favorite show of the 1970s. I loved this series from the first time I saw it in 1970. This was a show that had it all. Humor, pathos, great scripts and great direction. The initial cast was one of the best in television history. Along with incomparable Mary we had Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman. Each one of these performers put a unique spin on characters which were allowed to be three-dimensional and grow. After a few seasons, when several of the main characters were spun-off into their own series, new characters, such as Georgette and Sue-Ann were introduced. Geogia Engel as Georgette was sweet and adorable, and Betty White, as memorable man-trap Sue-Ann were marvelous in their parts. A true classic that bears multiple viewings.
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