Convict Paul Dunbar takes a hostage and demands to talk to anchorman Jordan Sanders. Before the interview can take place, Sanders is assassinated and Dunbar killed. Mark uses Dunbar's last words to investigate who might have killed them.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Delores Hall ...
Dr. Tom Harvey
Arthur Taxier ...
Jordan Sanders
Paul Dunbar
Peter Murray
Zimmer (as S. A. Griffin)
Leah Foxworth
Lt. Valdez
Bonnie Urseth ...
Jeff Silverman ...


When young prison doctor Dr. Tom Harvey gets his former mentor, Dr. Mark Sloan, to treat convict Paul Dunbar in Community General for a serious conduction, the criminal manages to grab a guard's gun and keeps the doctors hostage, demanding to speak to TV reporter Jordan Sanders, claiming he wants to clear his name to his kid son Nicky about the murder conviction for a security guard he claims got killed accidentally. Detective Sergeant Steve Sloan slips in too as sound man, only to see Sanders shot, Dunbar dies apparently after a suicide, saying something like 'doctor colecar' and Tom knocked unconscious; he feels guilty, as suggests nasty LAPD colleague Lt. Rick Valdez, who is investigating officially. Norman Briggs, who was briefly among the hostages, has a bad case of post-traumatic stress back in the hospital. Mark, Jack and Amanda gradually discover all about blackmail at Sanders' studio, dodgy P.I. Zimmer and the jewels which were never recovered... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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15 April 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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18 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite characters, Arthur Taxier, stars in Broadcast Blues. Arthur was in Midnight Caller as a police detective, and Midnight Caller deserved more than three seasons.

Anyway, in Broadcast Blues Arthur plays a very self-absorbed and arrogant local news anchorman, who meets an unexpected and tragic end when he gets into the thick of a hostage situation at General Community. Norman Briggs gets very shaken up quite understandably. It would have been impressive if Diagnosis Murder cast Stanley Tucci in an episode. The two Tuccis aren't related (according to the internet), but still, it would have been must see casting.

I had a feeling who the murder was, and for once I was right.

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