Night Heat

Season 3 Episode 17

Tonight's News

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Aired Unknown Oct 15, 1987 on CTV
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Tonight's News
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Overzealousness endangers a TV reporter's life when she covers the activities of a crime family.

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    Cynthia Belliveau

    Cynthia Belliveau

    Arlene Grant

    Guest Star

    Joe Spinell

    Joe Spinell

    Tommy Angel

    Guest Star

    Richard Comar

    Richard Comar

    Robert Jackson

    Guest Star

    Susan Hogan

    Susan Hogan

    Nicole (Nickie) Rimbaud

    Recurring Role

    Sean McCann

    Sean McCann

    Lt. Jim Hogan

    Recurring Role

    Eugene Clark

    Eugene Clark

    Det. Colby Burns

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The is the second time is the series that a reference to the movie Little Caesar is made. The first was in Obie's Law (Season 1, Episode 5).

    • QUOTES (4)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: Organized crime: maybe it doesn't look very organized with its hairpiece lying on the sidewalk, but it's always big news and three killings in a week make it even bigger. What's more exciting to read about or see on the 11 o'clock news than a good old fashioned gang war? It's Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, James Cagney in Public Enemy. The media make then as real today as the movies did in the past - except here the bullets are real and the dead men lying on the sidewalk are really dead. Why do we make media stars out of these people? Because they're news or because they're good for ratings and sell papers?

      • Tom: A hit man from in town? What's the mob coming to?
        Frank: Cost cutting.

      • Tom: I try to write the news, you try to be part of it.
        Arlene Grant: Oh, there's no difference. It's a different medium, that's all.
        Tom: Different medium. That changes everything. Television just skims the surface; stock and trade of sensationalism.
        Arlene Grant: Oh, and what is the Eagle selling, philosophy?
        Tom: No. But then on a good day we do try to manage to get beneath the surface. TV, well that's just all surface.

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: A funny thing happens when television covers a story: it becomes entertainment, a drama, and it starts to need all the elements of a drama: a hero, a villain, even a romantic interest. In this story, Arlene Grant wasn't content to cast herself in a bit part, she wanted to be the star. The only thing she forgot was that in real life the bad guys never read the script and they don't shoot blanks.

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    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Kojak
        Kojak refers to the popular CBS crime drama starring Telly Savalas as a tough New York City cop. The show aired for five seasons from 1973 to 1978 with seven additional made for TV movies from 1985 to 1990. A brief revival of the show was attempted in 2005 but only lasted nine episodes.

      • James Cagney in The Public Enemy
        The Public Enemy is also movie about crime released in 1931, shortly after the release of Little Caesar. It starred James Cagney as Tom Powers. Also starring in the movie was Jean Harlow.

      • Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar
        Little Caesar is a movie about the mafia released in 1931 that starred Edward G. Robinson as Caesar Enrico (Rico) Bandello. Also starring in the movie were Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Glenda Farrell.

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