Dabney Coleman starred as a TV anchorman that audiences loved to hate in this controversial 1980s sitcom. Bill Bittinger (Coleman, DOMINO) is Buffalo Bill, a Buffalo news anchor with frustrated dreams of making it in the big time. He manages to take out his disappointment on all those around him, in excessive displays of sexism, prevarication, sanctimoniousness, and egomania. His girlfriend is Jo Jo White (Joanna Cassidy, VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN), seemingly the only character impervious to Bill's bullying, but she sticks with him nonetheless. Hilariously black humor ensured that audiences were polarized over the show, and occasionally contentious subject matter (Jo Jo gets an abortion at one point, without suffering repercussions) was presumably behind the show's cancellation after only two seasons. In the first season, Bill nurses his damaged ego when the ratings drop, Wendy (Geena Davis, STUART LITTLE, in one of her first roles) is insulted when Bill insults a guest she has invited on the show, and Bill's estranged daughter turns up after a decade of separation.
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