New York News

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New York News
Created byMichelle Ashford
StarringMary Tyler Moore
Melina Kanakaredes
Kelli Williams
Gregory Harrison
Madeline Kahn
Joe Morton
Kevin Chamberlin
Anthony DeSando
George C. Scott
Composer(s)Wendy Blackstone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (5 unaired)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Sander/Moses Productions
Round Two Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 28 – November 30, 1995

New York News is a newspaper drama which was broadcast in the United States by CBS as part of its 1995 fall lineup.



New York News is the story of the fictional New York Reporter, a struggling tabloid in the US's largest, most competitive newspaper market, New York City. Major characters included Jack Reilly (Gregory Harrison), an old-style newspaperman (so old-style that he actually went sneaking around in a trench coat); Angela Villanova (Melina Kanakaredes), a young writer who seemingly alternated between admiring Reilly and being in love with him; Nan Chase (Madeline Kahn), a gossip columnist somewhat in the vein of Rona Barrett; and Tony Amato (Anthony DeSando), the paper's leading sports columnist.

Supervising all of these talented, high-strung people was Editor-in-Chief Louise Felcott (Mary Tyler Moore), the "Dragon", who kept the pressure up on these employees and others, including their immediate boss, Managing Editor Mitch Cotter (Joe Morton). The paper's budget cutting and the related attempt of ownership to sell it took their toll on Cotter, who suffered a minor heart attack in the early episodes.

Moore was reportedly very unhappy with how her character was written, as a tough, unsympathetic, and unglamourous woman who peered out at her subordinates through thick "Coke-bottle" glasses. She was reputedly in negotiations to get out of her contract to do the program when this was made unnecessary by CBS's cancellation of it due to low Nielsen ratings two months after its premiere.

Episode list[edit]

Title Air date
1"New York News"September 28, 1995 (1995-09-28)
2"Fun City"October 5, 1995 (1995-10-05)
3"Thin Line"October 8, 1995 (1995-10-08)
4"Broadway Joe"October 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)
5"Good-Bye Gator"October 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)
6"A Question of Truth"November 2, 1995 (1995-11-02)
7"Welcome Back Cotter"November 9, 1995 (1995-11-09)
8"You Thought the Pope Was Something"November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)
9"Cost of Living"N/A
10"Yankee Glory"N/A
11"Past Imperfect"N/A
13"The Using Game"N/A


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