The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director ...
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Laura San Giacomo,
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Craig T. Nelson,
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In this sitcom, Charlie, who takes Mike Flaherty's place in later years, is the Deputy Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media.
Michael J. Fox,
The workplace sitcom "NewsRadio" explores the office politics and interpersonal relationships among the staff of WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 news radio station. Beleaguered news director Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) tries his best to manage a staff that includes egotistical anchors Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman) and Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander), ambitious supervising producer Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney), who also happens to be his on/off girlfriend, hapless reporter Matthew Brock (Andy Dick), sardonic secretary Beth (Vicki Lewis), and tech-happy electrician Joe (Joe Rogan), while also answering to the station's intimidating and eccentric owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root). Written by
Bill McNeal frequently misattributes quotes to John Keats. In Season One, Episode 10, "Rat Funeral," Hartman attributes the line "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may..." to Keats; the line is actually from "To the Virgins, to Make Most of time" written by Robert Herrick. In Season Two, Episode 11, "Station Sale," Hartman attributes the line "Yours is not to reason why, yours is but to do and die;" to John Keats, 1776; Hartman's version is actually slightly adapted from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" published in 1870. See more »
[reading cards from the complaint box]
"You suck." "You suck." "Howard Stern rules." "If you can read this you are a dork." "Coupon for one free kiss from Joe if you are a girl." "We need more complaint cards." "Coupon for one free kiss from Joe if you are a guy."
[pulling out a fortune cookie slip]
"You will go on a journey, happy long time." "Matthew is a moron." "No I'm not." "Yes you are." "No I'm not infinity." "Yes you are infinity plus one." And this one, "I have doobie in my funk," ...
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Lets look at this as a recipe... (please forgive the gimmick)
Start with a premise: A radio show. OK, so it's been done. But this isn't
WKRP. This is WNYX, an all-news station. So, it's far from original; an
amalgam of different sitcoms which take place in media outlets. This is
main protein source, where we get our main plotlines.
Here's where it gets interesting.
Add a former member of one of the most popular Sketch comedy shows in the
world, The Kids In The Hall: Dave Foley. A gifted comedian and a very good
actor as well. Probably the most versatile player out of the 5 "Kids",
is the base flavor that keeps the show balanced, like a carefully prepared
Add another former Sketch player from the award winning Ben Stiller Show:
Andy Dick. Dick plays probably the most ridiculous character to ever be
employed in any capacity. Picture a 30 year old man with the mind of a 15
year old girl. A great physical comedian, Andy Dick is an acquired taste
akin to cilantro- strong, sometimes overpowering, but improves almost
anything to which its added.
What?! Another gifted comedian straight from a great sketch comedy show?
course I refer to Phil Hartman, without question the most consistent and
versatile actor ever to be featured on the uneven series Saturday Night
Live. Mr. Hartman, who left the show abruptly due to his untimely demise,
was the potato in this dish- so consistent you sometimes forget how
he could be.
Maura Tierney and Khandi Alexander were given what were probably the most
"straight" roles, usually only involved in storylines which involved sex
relationships with the men on the show. Both are very talented actresses
neither contributed nearly as many laughs as the three men above. Their
roles were essentially sauces, breaking up the flavor and adding different
sweet, rich notes.
Vicky Lewis, on the other hand, was quite like the female version of Andy
Dick. Instead of cilantro, however, she was the hot pepper- and not just
because of her red hair. She was a foil for every character, taking no one
seriously while doing as little work as possible. Again, not a favorite
character for most because of her caustic screen presence.
Hmmm... this tastes pretty good so far, but it needs something
Perhaps some vegetables... well, kids don't like their vegetables and
immature adults don't like to be told what to do. So Stephen Root, the
hilarious Billionaire/Owner of WNYX, is the bitter vegetable- unyielding
necessary for good health.
OK, we have our meat, our potatoes, our vegetables and our sauce as well
the important herbs and spices. But... this doesn't taste good. It tastes
flat. We need something which improves every flavor it comes in contact
Joe Rogan, the station electrician/conspiracy theorist, is the icing on
cake- a theoretically irrelevant yet logically important character who
happens to be funny every time he appears on screen. Possibly my favorite
There... delicious! A heady mix of flavors which would conflict without
sturdy base it's built upon. I love Newsradio and although I do like Jon
Lovitz, the show was never the same after Hartman's departure. Watch for
reruns, as the show has been canceled, whenever possible.
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