The Beast (2001)

Season 1 Episode 1

The Price (Pilot)

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Aired Unknown Jun 13, 2001 on ABC
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The Price (Pilot)
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New York journalist, Alice Allenby, is offered a job in Los Angeles, by Jackson Burns, owner and head of WNS, a twenty four hour news network affectionately called "The Beast" because of it's insatiable appetite for the news. Jackson believes that the viewing public both hate and distrust the media, and by placing cameras throughout the station, (except for the bathrooms), the public can see exactly what is going on behind the scenes. Alice meets it's denizens; Reese McFadden, reporter with an attitude, Ted Fisher, newsman behind the scenes, Tamir Naipal, producer, Maggie Steech, floor manager, Sonya Topple, reporter, Ryan Brown, cameraman, Mrs. Sweeny, Jackson's assistant, and Harry, a mysterious and unseen figure who monitors the cameras within the Beast with an objective eye and sends the feeds out over the Internet. One of the stories followed closely at WNS is the hunt for terrorist bomber, Bobby James. Although she's unsure if she wants to work there, Alice agrees to an assignment to interview Rory Carmichael, a prisoner who's date with the electric chair is fast approaching. An opponent of the death penalty, Alice wants the 71% of the public who favor it to see exactly what it entails, and gets Carmichael to agree to let WNS air his execution, as it happens. After the execution, an emotionally exhausted Alice is ready to return to New York. Reese tells her she forced the 60 million viewers to rethink their views and also tells her, "You've gone through the looking glass Alice. There's no going back"- thus beginning the "Alice Through The Looking Glass" theme of this six episode summer series. Their conversation is interrupted by FBI agents who are looking to arrest Tamir and Reese for interviewing one of terrorist Bobby James' friends, and sending him out of town before he could be officially questioned. During the confrontation, a well dressed young man shows up looking for a job. He stares at the picture of Bobby James on the television monitor, as Alice is thrust into the limelight again, this time by doing her first television newscast in Reese's place.moreless

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Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino

Bobby James/Robert Tibideau

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Tom Everett

Tom Everett

Rory Carmichael

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Rodney Eastman

Rodney Eastman

 

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Gary Werntz

Gary Werntz

Harry

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