Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan (television) Two-hour television movie; aired on CBS on May 9, 1995. A crime reporter for the Miami Herald, Edna Buchanan, is on the beat to find out who killed alleged mobster Johnny Cresta, who had been attempting to bring legalized gambling to town. Directed by Joyce Chopra. Stars Elizabeth Montgomery (Edna Buchanan), Dean Stockwell (Aaron Bliss), Yaphet Kotto (Marty Talbot), Audra Lindley (Jean Buchanan). Montgomery reprised the role she had played in the previous season’s television movie, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face.