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Meet TV Executive Ellen Cunningham - she's trying to survive in network television. Programmer Jack Kiley- he's as ruthless with people as he is with a schedule. . Newsman Gus Dunlop- everyone in America loves him except his wife... Salesman Dan Costelio -he can sell anything to anyone once he's sober. These are the people who keep Trans-Atlantic Broadcasting on the air They work in a web -and sometimes they get tangled in it.
Pamela Bellwood, Richard Basehart, Alex Cord, Andrew Prine star in this series.

Episode Info

Final: 1x08 -- Harvey's Big Hit (Oct/26/1978)

Alex CordAlex Cord
As Jack Kiley
Andrew PrineAndrew Prine
As Dan Costello
Howard WittHoward Witt
As Walter Matthews
Lee WilkofLee Wilkof
As Harvey Pearlstein
Pamela BellwoodPamela Bellwood
As Ellen Cunningham
Richard BasehartRichard Basehart
As Gus Dunlap

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1x1: Pilot (aka The Girl Who Saved Our America) (1) recap: The boss, Harry Brooks (John Colicos), unaffectionately known as "King" by his staff, is a
tyrant; the chief programmer, Jack Kiley (Alex Cord), a sadist; Dan Costello (Andrew Prine), head of network sales, a drunk; and Gus Dunlap (Richard Basehart), head of news, a has-been with a drinking problem and a schizophrenic wife.
Let loose among that unattractive lot is Ellen
Cunningham, the tough but vulnerable, ambitious but romantic, young producer. She's played by Pamela Bellwood who, her voice breaking hysterically every so often, copes as best she can with her co-workers.
With 10 unrewarding years slogging away in daytime programming behind her, Ellen at last gets her big chance under highly improbable circumstances.
After spending $30 million on a 30-hour Centennial-type series called Our America, Brooks rejects it because it's un-American. It's not any America he or any American audience would recognise, he tells his trembling executives. What's more, it doesn't even mention Thanksgiving.
With only 24 hours to come up with something new, Kiley, who's never bothered to view Our America at any stage of its production, passes the buck to its petulant producer, David Howell (Zalman King).
If he doesn't come up with the goods, Kiley threatens to call in some boyhood pals, now Las Vegas hoodlums, to "bust his legs in eight places and cut off his ears."
Ellen, who just happens to be Howell's girlfriend, comes to the rescue, suggesting she re-scripts and edits the original series to please the boss.
After telling Kiley not to call her "kid," she gets the job, Kiley goes off to ride his exercise bicycle
and the producer, unaware of how much his brainchild is to be butchered, spends the rest of the episode sleeping or having tantrums.
He discovers the truth, of course. It's me or your job, he tells Ellen. She protests she's only doing it for him. "No," he storms, "you're doing it because it makes you feel more like a man."
Ellen, who's been remaking the program aided only by an army of students, is either too stunned or exhausted to reply. Exit Howell.
Will Ellen choose romance or her career? If it's her career, will she succeed in making the series as American as apple pie?
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Recurring Guests

Sandy Helberg as Unknown (3 eps)
Zalman King as David Howell (2 eps)
John Colicos as Harry Brooks (2 eps)
Diana Douglas as Vivian Dunlap (2 eps)
Tisch Raye as Christine (2 eps)
Michael Mullins (1) as Keith Andersen (2 eps)
Suzanne Hunt as Unknown (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 13, 1978
Ended: October 05, 1978
• Fernsehen, Fernsehen - made in USA (Used In Germany)
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