The producers of the show wanted to air a final episode that dealt with the paper going out of business. They actually interviewed reporters from real newspapers that closed in order to prepare for this episode. The show was taken off the air before that episode could be filmed.
Mrs. Pynchon, the widowed owner of the fictional Los Angeles Tribune, was based on Katherine Graham, the real widowed owner of the Washington Post, and on Dorothy "Dolly" Schiff, owner and publisher of the New York Post. Schiff, for example, always carried her small dog with her, like Mrs. Pynchon.
During the primetime run of the show (1977-1982), Edward Asner became increasingly vocal on behalf of various liberal political causes. Although the series had slipped in ratings by 1982, many critics speculated that the actor's politics played a major role in the show's cancellation.
When CBS canceled the series in 1982, NBC considered picking it up, but ultimately decided against it. Grant Tinker, who was chairman of NBC at the time, later commented that the reason the network passed on the show was because it judged the show to be "a little tired".
Allen Williams played Financial Editor Adam Wilson and is seen in the opening credits of every show starting with season 2, but never became a member of the core cast listed in the main credits. He also provided uncredited voice overs nearly every time there's a voice coming from a radio or TV set.