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WIOU is an American drama series, which aired on CBS from October 24, 1990 until March 20, 1991. The show is set in the news department of a fictional television station whose actual callsign is WNDY, but which is nicknamed WIOU by its staff because of the station's perennial financial struggles.[1]

Created byJohn Eisendrath
Kathryn Pratt
Written byJohn Eisendrath
Kathryn Pratt
Directed byDonna Deitch
Jan Eliasberg
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Composer(s)Gary Chang
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Scott Brazil
Producer(s)Michelle Ashford
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)GTG Entertainment
Orion Television
DistributorMGM Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 24, 1990 (1990-10-24) –
March 20, 1991 (1991-03-20)

According to television researchers Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, 14 episodes were produced but only 13 aired.


The show stars John Shea as news director Hank Zaret. The cast also includes Mariette Hartley as executive producer Liz McVay; Harris Yulin and Helen Shaver, as news anchors Neal Frazier and Kelby Robinson; Phil Morris, as aggressive reporter Eddie Bock; Jayne Brook, as reporter Ann Hudson; Kate McNeil, as reporter Taylor Young; Dick Van Patten, as aging weatherman Floyd Graham; and Wallace Langham, as news intern Willis Teitelbaum.



No.Title [2]Directed by [2]Original air dateProd.
code [2]
1"Pilot"Claudia WeillOctober 24, 1990 (1990-10-24)748-0000
2"Appearances"Mark TinkerOctober 31, 1990 (1990-10-31)748-0101
3"The Inquisition"Arthur SeidelmanNovember 7, 1990 (1990-11-07)748-0102
4"Do the Wrong Thing"Mark TinkerNovember 14, 1990 (1990-11-14)748-0103
5"One Point, No Light"Scott BrazilDecember 5, 1990 (1990-12-05)748-0104
6"They Shoot Sources, Don't They?"Ben BoltDecember 12, 1990 (1990-12-12)748-0105
7"Diamond Dogs"Jan EliasbergDecember 19, 1990 (1990-12-19)748-0106
8"Mother Nature's Son"Donna DeitchDecember 26, 1990 (1990-12-26)748-0107
9"Ode to Sizzling Sal"David CarsonJanuary 2, 1991 (1991-01-02)748-0108
10"Labored Relations"Bethany Rooney HillshaferJanuary 9, 1991 (1991-01-09)748-0109
11"Without Prejudice"
"Bleeds, It Leads"
Ben BoltMarch 4, 1991 (1991-03-04)748-0110
12"Pair o' Guys Lost"TBAMarch 13, 1991 (1991-03-13)TBA
13"Three Women and a Baby"TBAMarch 20, 1991 (1991-03-20)TBA
14"One Flew Over the Anchor Desk"Fred GerberUnaired748-0113


  1. ^ Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "WIOU (Drama)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 1273. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
  2. ^ a b c From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "WIOU"]"". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-06-19.

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