New York News

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New York News
Created byMichelle Ashford
StarringGregory Harrison
Melina Kanakaredes
Madeline Kahn
Kelli Williams
Mary Tyler Moore
ComposerShari Johanson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (5 unaired)
Executive producersMichelle Ashford
Ian Sander
ProducerNan Bernstein Freed
Running time60 minutes (with commercials)
Production companiesSander/Moses Productions
Round Two Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 28 (1995-09-28) –
November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)

New York News is an American newspaper drama television series created by Michelle Ashford, which was broadcast in the United States by CBS from September 28 to November 30, 1995 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]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBAMichelle AshfordSeptember 28, 1995 (1995-09-28)
2"Fun City"John David ColesMichelle AshfordOctober 5, 1995 (1995-10-05)
3"Thin Line"TBABarbara HallOctober 8, 1995 (1995-10-08)
4"Broadway Joe"TBAEric Overmyer & Michelle AshfordOctober 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)
5"Goodbye Gator"TBAVelma Black & Barbara HallOctober 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)
6"A Question of Truth"TBAGeorgia JeffriesNovember 2, 1995 (1995-11-02)
7"Welcome Back Cotter"TBAStory by : Wayne Grigsby & Barbara Samuels
Teleplay by : Jack Orman
November 9, 1995 (1995-11-09)
8"You Thought the Pope Was Something"TBAMichelle AshfordNovember 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)
9"Cost of Living"TBABarbara HallUNAIRED
10"Yankee Glory"TBAJack OrmanUNAIRED
11"Past Imperfect"TBAGeoffrey Thomas GeorgeUNAIRED
12"Forgotten"TBAJuan Carlos CotoUNAIRED
13"The Using Game"TBAMike McAlaryUNAIRED

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Episode Original air date Rating/Share [1] Million viewers [2] Rank [3]
1 September 28, 1995 7.1/11 9.9 70
2 October 5, 1995 6.1/9 8.6 65
3 October 8, 1995 6.8/11 9.1 56
4 October 12, 1995 6.0/9 8.2 73
5 October 19, 1995 6.5/10 8.8 69
6 November 2, 1995 6.8/10 9.1 76
7 November 9, 1995 5.5/9 7.5 86
8 November 30, 1995 5.9/9 7.8 88


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