Jessica Novak

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Jessica Novak
Jessica Novak TV series promotional photo.jpg
Helen Shaver as Jessica Novak
Also known as Close-Up: Jessica Novak
Genre Drama
Created by Jerry Ludwig
Written by Ira Steven Behr
Starring Helen Shaver
Lara Parker
Theme music composer Fred Karlin
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (three unaired)
Executive producer(s) Jerry Ludwig
Marc Merson
Producer(s) Paul Waigner
Distributor 20th Century-Fox Television
Original network CBS
Original release 5 November – 3 December 1981

Jessica Novak is a 1981 drama television series that aired on CBS from November 5, 1981 till December 3, 1981 and was written by Ira Steven Behr. The cast includes Helen Shaver, Kip Gilman, Erik Kilpatrick, and Lara Parker.[1]


The series focused on Jessica Novak, a news reporter for KLA-TV, who did human interest stories and exposes.


  • Helen Shaver as Jessica Novak
  • David Spielberg as Max Kenyon
  • Andrew Rubin as Phil Bonelli
  • Eric Kilpatrick as Ricky Duran
  • Nina Wilcox as Audrey Stiles
  • Kenneth Gilman as Vince Halloran
  • Lara Parker as Katie Roberts


No. Title Original air date
1 "Closeup News (pilot)" November 5, 1981 (1981-11-05)
2 "The Boy Most Likely" November 12, 1981 (1981-11-12)
3 "Kenny" November 19, 1981 (1981-11-19)
4 "Man on the Street" November 26, 1981 (1981-11-26)
5 "Mirrorful of Gamblers" unaired
6 "Silent Night" unaired
7 "The Reward" unaired


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