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1990s nostalgia has been popular lately. Variety reports that Craig T. Nelson (Parenthood) is reprising his role in a Coach sequel for NBC, Fox brought back the X-Files, Netflix is turning Wet Hot American Summer into a series, and Showtime is bringing Twin Peaks out from the Black Lodge. It is only appropriate that another favorite nineties TV series is remembered, albeit in oral history form. Uproxx has interviewed the writers and stars of NewsRadio to find out how influential this sitcom was.
NewsRadio starred Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney, Phil Hartman, Andy Dick, and Khandi Alexander, and focused on characters who worked at Wnyx, an Am News Radio Station in New York. Although NewsRadio aired for five seasons between 1995 and 1999, it changed time slots eleven times, and was considered a failure by Must-See TV standards. Executive producer and creator Paul Simms was known to lash out at NBC executives, »
- Michelle Leibowitz
What's the best sitcom of the 1990s? Most would argue "Seinfeld," some "Friends," maybe a few wiseacres "The Larry Sanders Show." But ask someone who really knows their stuff, and you might get a different answer: "NewsRadio," which starred Dave Foley as the harried general manager of a New York radio station, amid an ensemble that included Phil Hartman, Maura Tierney, Stephen Root and Andy Dick. Vox's Todd VanDerWerff flies the flag: To me, "NewsRadio" outdoes those shows. It's a show that's at once deliberately classical, engaged with and appreciative of TV history, but also free-form and loose. It turns one of the most low-concept premises ever — here are some funny people who work in a New York City radio station — into big laughs and (dare I say it?) high art. Plus, it turned 20 on March 21, 2015. It's as good a time as any to revisit its legacy. "NewsRadio" is a show you've likely not seen, »
- Sam Adams
In the wake of the "Parks and Recreation" finale, a Twitter follower asked me if the period when NBC had "Parks," "Community," "The Office" and "30 Rock" on the same night was the best comedy bloc ever. I replied that at least two other very strong alternatives immediately came to mind: NBC Thursdays for a few seasons in the mid-'80s with "The Cosby Show," "Family Ties," "Cheers" and "Night Court" (a night that also had "Hill Street Blues," and is therefore frontrunner for Best Overall Night of Network Programming Ever), and CBS Saturdays in the 1973-74 season with "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show." Call it, friendos: is one of those the best of all time? Is there another bloc — and all four comedies have to be great, as opposed to what "NewsRadio" creator Paul Simms once dubbed »
- Alan Sepinwall
Newsradio alum Dave Foley has been cast opposite Ken Jeong in Jeong's ABC comedy pilot Dr. Ken, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by Jared Stern, Mike O'Connell and Jeong, who is a licensed physician, Dr. Ken stars Jeong as a frustrated Hmo doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting, and succeeding at none of them. Apa-repped Foley will play Pat, the head of the hospital. Greek alum Scott Michael Foster has landed a lead role in ABC drama pilot Boom from… »
There was one very special guest at Sunday's "Saturday Night Live" 40th Anniversary Celebration: The late Phil Hartman's daughter, Birgen Hartman. Now 23, the blonde stunner looked gorgeous in a black gown with nude cutouts. Birgen shared the photo above on her Instagram page before the event, saying she was "Ready to blind America with my paleness." She commented on the pic saying she wouldn't be hitting the stage for the show, but would be in the audience. Hartman, who was tragically killed by his wife Brynn in 1998, was remembered throughout the special on Sunday -- with clips of his most famous moments popping up in the various montages. Video: 10 Can't-Miss Moments from "SNL" Anniversary Special He was also honored during the In Memoriam segment, which was introduced by Bill Murray. We also got a glimpse of the legendary comic's audition for "SNL" during one of the night's best clips. »
- tooFab Staff
Phil Hartman proved to be one of Saturday Night Live's biggest stars during his eight season run (1986-1994) on the late-night sketch comedy show. And when Et first met the actor in 1989, just three years after his debut, it was clear just how much the show meant to him.
"It’s hard to put into words what an exciting thing it is to do this show," he told Et. "I've done commercials, I've done movies, I've performed on stage-- this is the best of all them rolled into one."
Watch: 'SNL' Greats Reveal Their Favorite Show Memories
Hartman was recommended to SNL creator Lorne Michaels by fellow comedians such as Penny Marshall and cast members Laraine Newman and Jon Lovitz, who Hartman worked with early in his career. Lovitz told Et that Hartman initially turned the opportunity.
"He got offered the show and then he turned it down," Lovitz recalled »
Sex and the City alum Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break is harder than she thought. Church will play Robert, the man who is surprised to learn that his wife’s perspective on their marriage is quite different from his.
7 items from 2015
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