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Best TV Pilots: NewsRadio

28 March 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

NewsRadio Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Written by Paul Simms

Directed by James Burrows

Aired 3/21/1995 on NBC

 

Airing as a mid-season replacement after the failure of The Martin Short Show and the Gene Wilder vehicle Something Wilder, it still boggles me to this day that NewsRadio wasn’t more popular in its time. Debuting between Wings and Frasier (two shows it would often be sandwiched between over the years), NewsRadio never achieved the same mainstream penetration as other seminal NBC comedies from the same era, teetering on the edge of cancellation and ending in tragedy, airing a creative but deflated fifth season in the shadow of Phil Hartman’s murder.

Revisiting NewsRadio‘s pilot, it still astounds me the show never took off. Mixing farce with hilarious ironies, the pilot opens with Wnyx’s new news director Dave Nelson (a post-Kidz in the Hall Dave Foley) arriving (approximately) 35 seconds early to »

- Randy Dankievitch

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