Paddy Chayefsky takes on television (his first true love), with somewhat self-congratulatory ardor.
Finch, a veteran newsman for the mythical United Broadcasting System, is sent over the mental edge when he is told that he will be fired after a quarter of a century on the air. He can't handle the situation and tells his audience that he intends to commit suicide on his final broadcast the
following week. Ratings go straight through the roof, and his fan mail comes in by the carload. On the night he plans to put a gun to his head, Finch relents, apologizes to the millions watching (it's his largest audience ever), and stands up like an electronic Messiah to shou...