Mary Richards moves to Minneapolis after a relationship goes bad. She finds work as an associate producer in a small television newsroom where the characters include Lou Grant, her gruff boss, Murray Slaughter the humorous writer, and Ted Baxter the Anchor Man who spends his time mispronouncing country names. Mary continues to hope for romance, but finds that her friends are more dependable.Written by
Broadcast News was James L Brooks' second feature film; the follow up to his multiple Oscar winner "Terms of Endearment", and very much a remake and a rethink of his 1970s TV show "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"; with the William Hurt character Tom Grunick very much a bubble-headed update of the equally vacuous Ted Baxter anchorman character from that show; the Albert Brooks character an update of the petulant smart-alek Murray Slaughter character from that show; and the Jane Craig character a hybrid of the Lou Grant and Mary Richards characters. In Broadcast News Jane has a relationship and a crush on the bubble-headed anchorman character; and in the original concept of the show Mary was supposed to have a relationship with the shallow anchorman Ted also. In Broadcast News Albert Brooks's sarcastic, under-acheiver Aaron Altman character has an unrequited crush on Jane Craig; with whom he has a friendship; and on the Mary Tylre Moore Show Murray similarly is friends with Mary and has an unrequited crush on her also. See more »
In the first season installment "Divorce Isn't Everything", Mary mentions that she can't speak French but can speak Spanish. Later in the series, while at a Mexican restaurant, she indicates that she can't read the menu because she took French in college. See more »
This series introduced the MTM Productions logo at the end - a tiny, meowing kitten. This is a parody of the MGM Studios roaring lion. The kitten logo (or variations thereof) would be used throughout the 1970s and 80s on a number of different TV series. See more »
Mary Tyler Moore - a great comedic actress & a great long running sitcom. This show was incredible. The writing always seemed to set up funny situations. The pace of the show was just perfect.
Where & how did they get so much talent in one cast? Besides Mary, there is Gavin McCloud who is brilliant as Murray Slaughter. Ed Asner is the same as Lou Grant, Mary's boss. Where did they find Ted Knight? Ted Baxter is one of the great send-up characters of all sit-Com's & Knight played him brilliantly. Knight made it big with this series, went on to his own series, Too Close For Comfort, & also scored big in the original CADDYSHACK.
Then, the is Rhoda & Phyllis who spun from here into their own series. While their series were not as good as this one, they definitely contributed to this one. Let's not forget Betty White as the indomitable Sue Ann Niven. This show was good enough to her, & she played her character brilliantly. This was her springboard for Golden Girls later. She is even better than this.
Not only did Mary turn the world on with her smile, she widened the world a lot by introducing a lot of great character actors in their best career roles. This show could be touching & sentimental at times as well. This show has it all.
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