Edison and the Network 23 team are dumbfounded when a lesser rival network appears to be always at the scenes of recent terrorist attacks for the big ratings-drawing exclusives.

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Edison and the Network 23 team are dumbfounded when a lesser rival network appears to be always at the scenes of recent terrorist attacks for the big ratings-drawing exclusives.

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Edison Carter: Since when has news been entertainment?
Murray: Since it was invented?
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Cool episode
27 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Edison Carter (the always excellent Matt Frewer) and his Network 23 team are baffled by a lesser rival network who always happen to be first on the scene of recent terrorist attacks for the big ratings drawing exclusives. Director Thomas J. Wright relates the absorbing story at a constant brisk pace and does an ace job of creating and maintaining an edgy and paranoid dark cynical tone. The ingenious script by Michael Cassutt, Rebecca Parr, Steve Roberts, and Martin Pasko makes a pointed message about prefabricated news served up as entertainment (the terrorist attacks turn out to be faked and staged by an underground organization that's doing it primarily for the money!) and ruthless television executives placing more value on big ratings over morals and human lives. Gary Swanson contributes a superbly slimy portrayal of smarmy opportunist rival TV executive Frank Braddock. Moreover, there are equally fine guest turns by Lisa Niemi as gutsy staff news reporter Janie Crane, Robert O'Reilly as crazed terrorist leader Croyd Hauser, Richard Lineback as Croyd's thuggish parter Hewett, and J. Michael Flynn as nerdy explosives expert Lucian. Paul Goldsmith's agile and dynamic cinematography gives this episode an extra exciting kinetic buzz. Cory Lerios' moody score likewise adds to the tension. Edison really shines as a brave and selfless hero here as he puts his life on the line to find out the truth and save lives in the process. And Max's trademark sizzling sarcasm stops the show from becoming too oppressively grim.


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