The Newsroom is a Canadian television comedy-drama series which ran on CBC Television in the 1996-97, 200304 and 2004-05 seasons. A two-hour television movie, Escape from the Newsroom, was broadcast in 2002. In the United States, The Newsroom is shown on PBS stations across the country. The show is set in the newsroom of a television station which is never officially named, but is generally understood to be based on the CBC itself. Similar to such earlier series as the British Drop the Dead Donkey and the Australian Frontline, the series mined a dark vein of comedy from the political machinations and the sheer incompetence of the people involved in producing City Hour, the station's nightly newscast. The original 13 episodes were meant as a short run, not a multiseason series, and became one of the most critically acclaimed programs on Canadian television in the 1990s.