One of those shows that were short on entertainment but had something to say. It was the story of the cop who quit and became “The Nighthawk”, one of the nightly voices on radio. The people that Jack (Gary Cole) got involved with tended to engage him outside the radio station as well; his somewhat complicated acquaintances with a police detective and a reporter helped Jack in the quest for a better Frisco. The scripts dealt with topics and situations like AIDS, prison riots and the 1989 San Francisco earthquake – considering all the misery, no wonder Jack was so blue. Cole tried to give the man a sense of humor, but rarely succeeded. Wendy Kilbourne’s pregnancy made her leave the show after two seasons; the tempestuous Nicky (Lisa Eilbacher) replaced her.
1988-1991:U.S. Made for TV. 61 episodes. Color. Created by Richard DiLello. Theme: Brad Fiedel. Cast: Gary Cole (Jack Killian), Wendy Kilbourne (Devon King, 88-90), Lisa Eilbacher (Nicky Molloy, 90-91), Dennis Dun, Arthur Taxier, Mykel T. Williamson.
Emmys: Outstanding Guest Actor (Joe Spano) 88-89; Guest Actress (Kay Lenz) 88-89.