On the Air (1992– )

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In the 1950s, a group of television performers attempt to put together a live variety program and often find disastrous results.

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Series cast summary:
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 Lester Guy (7 episodes, 1992)
Nancye Ferguson ...
 Ruth Trueworthy (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Bud Budwaller (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Bert Schein (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Mickey (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Dwight McGonigle (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Valdja Gochktch (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Nicole Thorne (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Betty Hudson (7 episodes, 1992)
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 'Blinky' Watts (7 episodes, 1992)
Raleigh Friend ...
 Hurry Up Twin (7 episodes, 1992)
Buddy Douglas ...
 Buddy Morris / ... (7 episodes, 1992)
Raymond Friend ...
 Hurry Up Twin (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Shorty the Stagehand (7 episodes, 1992)
Everett Greenbaum ...
 ZBC Announcer / ... (7 episodes, 1992)
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 Ethel Thissle (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Mr. Zoblotnick (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Dr. Winky (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Professor R. Answer (2 episodes, 1992)
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 Executive (2 episodes, 1992)
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The year is 1957. The cast and crew of the Lester Guy Show are extremely apprehensive about their upcoming live television broadcast on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Co. network. Lester Guy despises fellow cast member Betty Hudson for unknowingly becoming more popular than him and schemes to destroy her career. Only two of the seven episodes were written by David Lynch. Written by Jennifer Harrison

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Buddy Morris, dressed as a bellboy and played by Buddy Douglas, is a reference to the classic "Call for Philip Morris!" ad campaign. See more »

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Buddy Budwaller: Betty Hudson is a mistake. She's not an actress. She's not the star of the show. She's a receptionist waiting to happen.
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A Real Mixed-Bag
24 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have long been a fan of David Lynch's work on film and his "Twin Peaks" television series. This very short-lived 6-episode series now qualifies as simply a curiosity - something any true David Lynch fan should probably see once, but that anyone else could probably take or leave. As I read from another reviewer, the only thing similar in tone to this is Steven Spielberg's 1979 semi-flop "1941." I do not dislike either that film or this series, but they won't appeal to a sophisticated comedy connosseur. Both are loud, sometimes obnoxious slapstick pieces with a great eye for historical detail, and plenty of gags involving slipping on banana peels, things falling down, mistaken identity, and other cartoonish props. The highlights of the episodes are the dazzling set design and, not surprisingly, Lynch's injections of bona fide weirdness, such as a mostly-absent narrator who makes the same character introductions each and every episode, and more of Lynch's fetish for red curtains (he seems to put them in virtually everything he makes; there was even a character in "Twin Peaks" whose only known characteristic was an obsession with the curtains in her trailer). But the true sign that this was a Lynch production is a set of conjoined twins that show up almost randomly each episode (like Kenny's deaths in the "South Park" series) and walk around the set saying nothing but "Hurry Up!" over and over again. Other characters even refer to them as the Hurry-Up Twins!! Man, Lynch is one twisted genius.


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