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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Jessica Novak: Close-Up News

Nov/05/1981
Jessica badgers Max for permission to pursue a story about a man who kidnapped his own children.

WHILE covering routine news one day, Jessica Novak stumbles on what appears to be a potentially explosive story.
Ernie Doyle, an unemployed auto worker who has been separated from his wife for five months, has taken off with their two children and a loaded gun. He has warned his wife, Marilyn, not to try to locate them.
Despite the fact that Ernie is a dead shot who has gone berserk, Jessica tracks him down with her camera crew. On finding Ernie, she demands that he set the two children free. Ernie agrees, provided Jessica offers herself as substitute.
Guest Stars: Louis Giambalvo as Ernie Doyle | Suzanne Lederer as Unknown | Ron Masak as Sgt. Galvin
Writer: Jerry Ludwig

2 :01x02 - The Boy Most Likely

Nov/12/1981
A high-school student Jessica interviewed threatens suicide. Jessica's tormented by an anonymous phone call. Can Jessica save a teenager's troubled boyfriend from a shocking act?
Guest Stars: Joseph Campanella as Larry Baker | Gary Dubin as Jeff Baker | Karen Machon as Phyllis Baker | Amanda Wyss as Unknown

3 :01x03 - Kenny

Nov/19/1981
Jessica Novak champions the plight of a mentally handicapped young man and investigates the mysterious moneyman behind a system of 'hooker' hangouts. Jessica covers stories on a mentally handicapped youth (Adam Arkin), prostitution, and a citizen demanding a star on Hollywood Boulevard for the Three Stooges.
Kenny, a retarded youth who works in Jessica's office canteen, finds himself alone in the world when his father dies. The folk in the neighbourhood is clamouring to have him put in a special home.
Guest Stars: Gerald S. O'Loughlin as Lew | Lyman Ward as Stan Metzger | Adam Arkin as Kenny
Director: Jeffrey Hayden

4 :01x04 - Man on the Street

Nov/26/1981
A "fan" torments Jessica with anonymous phone calls and mysterious break-ins. Jessica is terrified when she becomes the object of an unknown admirer's affection.
Writer: Preston Wood

5 :01x05 - Mirrorful of Gamblers

Dec/03/1981
Jessica immerses herself in the world of gambling addiction. Jessica becomes emotionally involved in the fascinating and addicting world of the gambler, from the professional to kids betting on school playgrounds, when she does a story on the "all-American sport" of gambling.

6 :01x06 - Silent Night

Dec/10/1981
Jessica, too busy to go home for Christmas, learns her father has had a heart attack.
Guest Stars: Dick O'Neill as Mr. Novak

7 :01x07 - The Reward

Dec/17/1981
A woman fights to clear her boyfriend, two years after his robbery conviction. Helen Shaver plays an intrepid news reporter for fictional Los Angeles station KLA-TV. Her boss, Max, assigns her to do human-interest light stories, but she strives to do in-depth reports.
Warning: Jessica Novak guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: November 05, 1981
Ended: December 03, 1981
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