Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Death by Demographics 

A radio station's new manager is murdered after changing their format from classical music to hard rock.


(as Anthony Shaw)


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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
Annie Lawson
Bud Forbes (as Robert Curtis-Brown)
Seth Jaffe ...
Lt. Evans
Paul Linke ...
Eddie Mapp
Graham Forbes
Colleen Sellers
Howard Deems
Dave Pittman
Lucinda Weist ...


In a plot somewhat reminiscent of "WKRP in Cincinnati," a San Francisco radio-station owner decides to convert the station's classical format to rock and roll. He keeps one announcer who's an expert on classical music, and casts him in a dog-and-pony show where the old guy verbally spars with a young colleague who is an expert on rock ... all this to get a younger audience for the station. The experiment seems to be working fine with audiences, but tensions rise at the station and soon the new program director is disemboweled by a stab wound by his own fireplace poker. With the classical-music person (Jessica's good friend) as the obvious suspect, Jessica must try to find another motive and another suspect for the murder. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 May 1996 (USA)  »

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This 1996 television mystery play "Death by Demographics" concluded the final broadcast for the twelve years of the "Murder, She Wrote" series cycle. Angela Lansbury immediately began preparations to star in a two hour CBS musical special "Mrs. Santa Claus" written and composed by Jerry Herman. Angela and Peter Shaw's son Anthony had been tested in the 1987-1988 season with two shows to direct. Angela's son Anthony Shaw was scheduled initially four of the series television plays to direct during the ensuing four years of 1988-1992. By 1996, Anthony was directing every second show. In the cancellation of the CBS TV series, as a pay-off, Corymore Productions-Angela Lansbury was given four, two hour television-play mystery specials, to be delivered to the CBS network in the course of two years. Angela's revenge, after the musical special "Mrs. Santa Claus" was delivered, was to make CBS wait for the negotiated CBS-TV mystery specials over a period of five years. Anthony Shaw directed all four two hour CBS Film Specials.. See more »

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The all important youth audience
5 July 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

What it all boils down to in this Murder She Wrote story is that the entertainment industry thinks young people are stupid. That they will buy any kind of faddish thing on the market as long as it's advertised well. Give them their most contemporary music of the moment and they will buy what advertisers who bring it to them will sell.

So after years of broadcasting a classical program, David Ogden Stiers is now being given the heave ho. But not fired exactly. As he has some months on his contract Stiers has to play stooge for the new disc jockey Christian Bocher. Like asking Alastair Cooke to be a foil for Don Rickles.

So when Bocher is killed as usual Stiers is the obvious suspect, but as it always works out he has a friend in Jessica Fletcher who is in San Francisco once again promoting another of her mysteries. This mystery as always gets figured out.

I really liked David Ogden Stiers and his character. Alastair Cooke and Don Rickles. Turn that over in your mind.

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