16 Movies, TV Shows That Take Place at TV News Stations

9:44 AM 9/28/2017

by Katherine Schaffstall

From 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' to 'Morning Glory,' the newsroom has long been an entertaining venue.

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When the news in the real world is too much to handle, television shows and movies are there to offer an entertaining take on the world of news.

TV shows and films have been taking viewers behind the scenes at TV news stations for more than 40 years.

From classic shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Murphy Brown to fan-favorite movies like Broadcast News and Groundhog Day and more recent fare like Anchorman and Great News, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at the best TV shows and movies that have taken place in TV newsrooms.

  • 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' (1970)

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    After Minneapolis transplant Mary Richards, played by Mary Tyler Moore, applies for a secretarial job at WJN, she learns the position is no longer available. Instead she is offered a position as an associate producer on the local network’s Six O’Clock News. She becomes friends with her boss Lou Grant (Ed Asner), incompetent anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) and journalist Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod). As the series continues, Mary gets promoted to producer. The CBS series began in 1970 and ran for seven seasons. 

  • 'Network' (1976)

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    The satirical film follows employees of UBS Evening News. When veteran anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is informed that he will be losing his job in two weeks based on poor ratings, he and news division president Max Schumacher (William Holden) get drunk to ease the pain. The next night at work Beale announces that he will commit suicide due to his unemployed status. After Beale is given a second chance at his job, he continues to have outbursts on the air, which drastically increases the ratings. One man’s personal embarrassment is another man’s professional gain.

  • 'Broadcast News' (1987)

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    The film set at a broadcast network newsroom follows producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), writer/reporter Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) and anchorman Tom Grunick (William Hurt) as they cover the news while dealing with a changing media landscape and their feelings for each other. 

  • 'Switching Channels' (1988)

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    Television news chief John Sullivan (Burt Reynolds) fears losing his anchorwoman (and ex-wife), Christy (Kathleen Turner), due to her upcoming wedding. In hopes of preventing the marriage from happening, John forces Christy to work indefinitely during a crucial news story in which an execution and prison break take place. 

  • 'Murphy Brown' (1988)

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    The series follows the lives of employees at the fictional news show FYI. The titular character, played by Candice Bergen, is a talented and resourceful journalist who may also be a bit stubborn and selfish. The cast of FYI staffers also includes Charles Kimbrough as veteran anchor Jim Dial, Joe Regalbuto as investigative reporter Frank Fontana, Grant Shaud as executive producer Miles Silverberg and Faith Ford as journalist Corky Sherwood. Murphy Brown ran for 10 seasons on CBS.

  • 'Groundhog Day' (1993)

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    In the comedy, TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) gets stranded in a small town during a snowstorm while on an assignment to cover the town’s Groundhog Day festivities. After waking up to the same day over and over again, a depressed Phil tries to tell his co-worker Rita (Andie MacDowell) what is happening. As he continues to re-live the same day, Phil begins to realize that he has feelings for Rita. He manages to impress her one final time when he delivers a meaningful story on the air, though she might not remember it the next day.

  • 'Up Close and Personal' (1996)

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    In the film, Sally "Tally" Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer) is an aspiring reporter. After being hired by local news director Warren Justice (Robert Redford), he helps further her career while they begin to develop feelings for each other. After she becomes far more successful than her mentor is, Tally is relocated to Philadelphia. While the two live separately, they are forced to choose between romance and work.

  • 'Bruce Almighty' (2003)

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    The comedy follows Buffalo-based field reporter Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) who hopes to be promoted to anchor. After continuously having bad luck in both his personal and professional lives, Bruce takes his anger out by yelling at the Lord. God (Morgan Freeman) then offers Bruce his powers. At first Bruce is ecstatic over his promotion and the ability to get whatever he wants, but he soon learns that nothing comes easy, even if you’re God.

     

  • 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' (2004)

    In 1970s San Diego, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the most famous news anchor around. That is until Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) is hired at his station. While the two quickly begin a relationship, once Veronica is promoted to co-anchor, the two become rivals in a fight to see who can handle the role solo.

  • 'How I Met Your Mother' (2005)

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    While the series, which ran for nine seasons on CBS, tells the story of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and group of friends as he searches for the mother of his children, Ted's friend and love interest Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) is a news anchor. Robin starts out at local New York network Metro News 1 before briefly moving to Japan, hosting an early morning show back in New York and working for the fictional World Wide News. Along the way, Robin is forced to deal with on-air gaffes, like falling in horse poop on live TV, and obnoxious co-hosts and colleagues (Patrice!).

  • 'Back to You' (2007)

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    The short-lived Fox sitcom starred Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as co-anchors at Pittsburgh's WURG. In the series, Chuck Darling (Grammer) and Kelly Carr (Heaton) reunite after 10 years of not working together when Chuck gets fired from his job in Los Angeles and returns to WURG. The co-anchors have on-screen chemistry and off-screen drama, which is the perfect combination for fictional TV news.

  • 'Morning Glory' (2010)

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    Rachel McAdams plays news producer Becky Fuller, who aspires to work for the Today show. After being fired from a local newscast in New Jersey, Becky is hired to work on a poorly performing morning program hosted by Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton). After firing Colleen’s co-host on her first day, Becky hires Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), a reluctant veteran TV journalist, for the job. The film includes an all-star cast, work drama and a determined female lead with a dream. 

  • 'The Newsroom' (2012)

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    As a new team is brought in, the journalists at the fictional Atlantis Cable News deal with professional and moral changes. The three-season series stars Jeff Daniels as anchor Will McAvoy, Emily Mortimer as executive producer MacKenzie McHale, John Gallagher Jr. as senior producer Jim Harper, Allison Pill as associate producer Maggie Jordan, Thomas Sadoski as executive producer Don Keefer, Dev Patel as writer Neal Sampat, Olivia Munn as economist Sloan Sabbith and Sam Waterston as ACN president Charlie Skinner. 

  • 'The Millers' (2013)

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    The two-season CBS series stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a local television news reporter in Virginia. Following his divorce, Nathan reveals his new single status to his bickering parents Tom (Beau Bridges) and Carol (Margo Martindale). Tom responds to the news by announcing he wants a separation from his wife of 43 years. Carol moves in with her news reporter son, and Tom moves in with their daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays). Suddenly work is Nathan’s favorite place to be. 

  • 'The Michael J. Fox Show' (2016)

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    The one-season NBC series stars Michael J. Fox as Mike Henry, a former news anchor for New York’s WNBC who left his job after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After a four-year absence from work, Mike returns to his job at WNBC. While he's happy to be back, his grand return creates an imbalance between his personal and professional lives. 

     

     

  • 'Great News' (2017)

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    The NBC comedy follows news producer Katie (Briga Heelan) trying to make a name for herself at a local station. Comedy ensues when Katie’s over involved mother Carol (Andrea Martin) is hired as the newest intern. The Tina Fey-executive-produced series also stars Adam Campbell as executive producer Greg Walsh, Nichole Richie and John Michael Higgins as co-anchors Portia Scott-Griffith and Chuck Pierce and Horatio Sanz as video editor Justin. 

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