Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Obituary for a Dead Anchor 

When an obnoxious out-of-town TV personality is murdered, it's up to Jessica to figure out the killer.



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Episode cast overview:
Jessica Fletcher
Sheriff Amos Tupper
Judith Keats
Kevin Keats
Dr. Wylie Graham
Richard Abbott
Paula Roman
Mayor Sam Booth
Doug Helman
Rex Robbins ...
George Fish
Gerald Foster (as Erik Stern)
Frank Annese ...
Ronald Ross
Patti Karr ...
Clara Polsby
Paul Ryan ...


TV show Scrutiny star presenter Kevin Keats must drop his story on art collector Ronald Ross's drug connections to take over a JB Fletcher's roots profile. All Cabot Cove wants to look good, but the boat he has sheriff Amos Tupper discretely hire to escape (after witnessing a Ross associate drop a briefcase from a helicopter) explodes. Mayor Sam Booth orders Jessica to stop 'her' media circus. She discovers Keats was unfaithful with colleague Paula Roman, his wife knew and was in town. Seth's loco Dr. Wylie Graham finds the burned corps isn't Keats' - he staged his disappearance by switching places with the real victim, producer Doug Helman. Jessica digs further in both private and professional lives till the threads meet. Written by KGF Vissers

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7 December 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Network inspired episode
25 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Paddy Chayefsky's great film Network was the obvious inspiration for this Murder She Wrote episode. Looking at it today we see the seeds of things like 'alternate facts'.

Controversial "gotcha" news reporter Chad Everett gets what he considers a fluff assignment, a profile of Jessica Fletcher and the place that was her roots, Cabot Cove. But Everett has his own reasons for wanting to make some use of his trip to Cabot Cove that have nothing to do with Angela Lansbury and the place she comes from.

Tom Bosley usually a canny and shrewd individual gets celebrity struck and allows himself to look foolish and do something very stupid that almost costs him his job.

An interesting bit of social commentary comes with this story.

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