We rate TV shows about journalism -- Is ''Kolchak: The Night Stalker'' more accurate than ''Lois & Clark''
We rate TV shows about journalism
Bravo’s new docu-series Tabloid Wars gives the scoop on what really happens behind the scenes at a newspaper. But — stop the presses! — that got us wondering how realistic TV’s scripted journalism-centric shows have been in the past. We rated them on a scale of 1 (supermarket gossip rag material) to 10 (Pulitzer-worthy).
KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER
Newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak owned the paranormal beat — think werewolves and zombies. Good for camp, bad for legitimacy.
Mary Richards’ boss jumped to editing the fictional L.A. Tribune, tackling journalistic issues such as the First Amendment. Still first in our hearts.
LOIS & CLARK
The assignments included laughable undercover investigations, otherworldly occurrences, and maniacal villains — but one of the reporters was Superman, so we’ll forgive.
Ted Danson played a columnist and real-life wife Mary Steenburgen played his ex-wife boss. How they put out a paper in between all that flirting is the real question.
Oliver Platt headlined as a computer-phobic New York tabloid columnist. His character was a tad cartoonish — but the cynical newsroom banter was spot-on.