How I love this movie. How I love the work of the man who wrote and directed it. Wise and prophetic in presenting how TV journalism is packaged and delivered to us viewers, Broadcast News, written and directed by James L. Brooks, is now a Criterion Collection DVD. Mr. Brooks was one of my favorite VH1 talk show guests when his film was new. He told me that Hollywood great Jean Arthur was his muse when writing Jane Craig, the news producer richly played by Holly Hunter. Hunter, William Hurt, Albert Brooks and James L. Brooks all scored Oscar nominations for this fine film.
She was pregnant with her first child then. After her baby was born, she decided to focus more on being a mother to that beautiful child and not take on any more clients. Lucky for the baby. Unlucky for me. But I totally understood. I never got packaged and re-pitched to Brooks. I had no representation. However, to this day, I'm grateful for the time he gave me -- and for the upscale, inspired racial images he gave minorities on television. By the way, long before Will & Grace, Rhoda Morgenstern had a great time dating a gay guy, someone related to another character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Here's one more thing I'd bring up to Brooks if we could chat again about Broadcast News:
In time, she became a high profile network anchor on Fox News. I kid you not.