WIOU

Here's an intriguing can of worms; a look at a low-rated news operation at a penurious TV station (hence the ironic call letters of the title). A solid cast (Helen Shaver, Harris Yulin, Phil Morris, Joe Grifasi, Kate McNeil, Mariette Hartley, John Shea)portray characters who are mostly cynical and graspingly ambitious. The series pilot is pungent and darkly humorous. For instance, the staff's memorial to a beloved anchor who died on-camera is abandoned in mid-sentence when overnight ratings come in. While the tone can be dauntingly insiderish, if the writing stays this sharp. the show out to attract discriminating viewers.


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