Goodnight, Beantown was a critically acclaimed but
short-lived situation comedy that aired on CBS for two brief seasons in
1983 and 1984.
The series starred Bill Bixby as Matt Cassidy and Mariette Hartley as
Jennifer Barnes, two news anchors at a fictional Boston television
station. Matt is a longtime fixture at WYN-TV, but when the ratings for
his news broadcast begin to drop, the station pairs the reluctant host
with a female co-anchor. The series follows their rocky relationship.
Co-stars included Tracey Gold and George Coe
Bixby and Hartley had previously worked together in a fondly-remembered
episode of Bixby's The
Incredible Hulk, and at the time of making Goodnight, Beantown,
Hartley was appearing in a popular series of television commercials for
Polaroid cameras with James Garner.
The series first aired in the spring of 1983 for a limited run of five
episodes. When it returned in the fall, it lasted only 13 more episodes
before being cancelled due to low ratings.