1 9 8 1 (USA)
4 x 60 minute episodes
This short-lived NBC comedy adventure series found the Smothers Brothers playing a bumbling TV news crew in San Francisco.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Dick Smothers) was an on-the-air news reporter for KSFB-TV, Channel 3, and Bones Howard (Tom Smothers) was his cameraman. The duo used unorthodox methods to get stories before the police.
Fitz’s style displeased the news director of his show, Newsline 3, Terri Seymour (Diana Muldaur) and KSFB station manager Robert “Whitey” Whitmore (Mike Kellin). The co-anchor of the show was Mel Bishop (Doug Hale). The KSFB announcer was Judy Fong (Momo Yashima), and Monty (Keith Barbour) was the videotape editor.
Rosie Cochran (Lynnette Mettey) was a lieutenant with the San Francisco Police Department, who was aided by Sergeant Charlie Wright (Tom Stern).
Fitz had an unfriendly rival in Lawrence Brody (Roger C Carmel), a newsman at KTJ-TV, Channel 9.
NBC left the series on the shelf for a year before finding a place for it in their schedule. Four of the five completed episodes finally aired in September and October 1981 to awful Nielsen ratings and a hammering from the critics.
Lt. Rosie Cochran
Robert “Whitey” Whitmore
Roger C Carmel
Janet Lyn Curtis
Sgt. Charlie Wright
KSFB News Director
KSFB Technical Director
KSFB Control Room Director