Breaking News (2002– )

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The story of the news team at I24, a 24-hour cable news network. Bill Dunne is the anchor of the network's flagship news hour. He joined by Janet LeClaire, an attractive blonde who assumes ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Rachel Glass (13 episodes, 2002)
 Bill Dunne (12 episodes, 2002)
 Dino (6 episodes, 2002)


The story of the news team at I24, a 24-hour cable news network. Bill Dunne is the anchor of the network's flagship news hour. He joined by Janet LeClaire, an attractive blonde who assumes the coanchor position when her predecessor dies, despite her lack of a serious news background. The anchors and in-studio, off-camera personalities are joined by the stories of several "Man-on-the-scene" reporters and camerapeople. Written by Justtin Pagano <>

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A most interesting production history
8 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Fans of this series may not be aware of the very complex history of its production. This is a report from a BREAKING NEWS fan list:

The TNT cable network produced BREAKING NEWS but *never* aired ANY of the episodes!

TNT filmed the pilot in April of 2000, then came back and shot the remaining episodes from October 2000 to April 2001. Originally, it was supposed to air in January of 2001, but then TNT's premiere date for the show kept getting pushed back and back and back.... until they announced in the summer of 2001 that they weren't going to show any of the episodes at all. Basically, they canceled it without ever even airing a single episode.

Lots of theories are floating about as to why they made such a ridiculous decision, but the prevailing school of thought seems to be that the series got caught up in the big merger between AOL and Time-Warner (parent company of TNT), and that the show became pretty much a nice fat tax write-off. That sent BREAKING NEWS into total limbo.

So, in the Summer of 2001, producer Gardner Stern did kind of a guerilla sampling campaign by sending a few episodes on tape to several critics for review. The critics were understandably appalled at the way TNT handled the whole situation with such a quality show. Still, it was a bad time to try to shop the series around, since all the networks had already picked their fall line-ups. So, things looked pretty grim.

Lead actor Clancy Brown was so sure that the show would never see the light of day that he and his biggest fan club put together a private screening of all the episodes for friends, family, and fans last October 2001, in Cincinnati.

That was the only time any of the fans got a chance to see the show until Bravo miraculously (and unexpectedly!), bought the rights and premiered "Breaking News" in the Summer of 2002 -- the actual FIRST OFFICIAL broadcast of the series. That would make BREAKING NEWS eligible for the 2002-2003 nominating season for the Golden Globes, Cable Ace and Emmy awards.

When Bravo was first promoting the premiere, one of their executives mentioned that, if ratings were *very* good for the the network, they *might consider* making new episodes. But the logistics of that would be pretty tough, even if the show was doing spectacularly, as most of the cast has moved on to some very high profile projects.

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