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February 24, 2016  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 12:15 a.m. ET

 

This 1976 movie, written by Paddy Chayefsky and starring Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and William Holden, is an utterly brilliant satire of network TV in the mid-1970s. It’s also so prescient about what was to come, from a successful fourth network to corporate purchases of networks and the demand for news divisions to show profits. Oh, and reality TV, and so much more, including the great Ned Beatty speech that Bob Odenkirk recreated so hilariously on last year’s Better Call Saul opener.

 
 
 
 
 
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