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We Interrupt This Program 

The Apollo 13 mission as seen through the reporting of two newscasters, highlighting the changing character of news coverage.


David Frankel


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Himself - Host
Tammy Arnold ... Sarah
Rus Blackwell ... Joel Kruger (as Rus D. Blackwell)
Brian Brightman ... Editor
Dan Butler ... Gene Kranz
Jack Carroll Jack Carroll ... Reporter #3
Colette Piceau Colette Piceau ... Reporter #4 (as Colette Piceau Colangelo)
Heather De Oreo Heather De Oreo ... Doris (as Heather DeOreo)
Steve DuMouchel ... Jeff Jordy
Jeffrey William Evans ... Director (as Jeff Evans)
Billy Flanigan Billy Flanigan ... Suit #2
Harold Fletcher Harold Fletcher ... Dr. Swigert
Tim Goodwin Tim Goodwin ... Mr. Radio
Erich Hoffelder Erich Hoffelder ... Brett's Soundman
John Hostetter ... Ralph Cooper


The Apollo 13 mission as seen through the reporting of two newscasters, highlighting the changing character of news coverage.

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26 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the exterior scenes of the Johnson Space Center Mission Control in Houston (which were filmed at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral) the Texas flag is flying upside down. See more »


Up Around the Bend
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Episopde 8
27 July 2009 | by raymond-oharaSee all my reviews

The previous reviewer missed this episode while actually watching it. the Apollo 13 story is well known enough that making a show about the way it was saved was redundant. so instead they focused on the press and how news coverage morphed from the Edward R Murrow/Walter Cronkite in-depth coverage to the tabloid news such as Fox News and MSNBC now practice. It is a brilliant episode that follows the brash new reporter covering the "people" and the fading away of the old reporter who reported the story. Anyone interested in news coverage should watch this episode. In my opinion it might have been the best. "filler added to make ten lines" what a stupid rule

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