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"NewsRadio" Bill Moves On (1998)

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NewsRadio: Season 5: Episode 1 -- The WNYX staff mourns Bill's death.


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Original Air Date:
23 September 1998 (Season 5, Episode 1)
After Bill's funeral, the staff deals with their grief. Catherine comes back to read some private messages as part of Bill's last will. Matthew wants to believe Bill is still alive and traveling the world. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Tom Cherones 
Writing credits
Paul Simms (creator)

Paul Simms (written by)

Produced by
Julie Bean .... co-producer
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
Kell Cahoon .... producer
Brad Grey .... executive producer
Alan J. Higgins .... supervising producer
Sam Johnson .... co-executive producer
Josh Lieb .... executive producer
Chris Marcil .... co-executive producer
Drake Sather .... co-executive producer
Tom Saunders .... producer
Paul Simms .... executive producer
Kent Zbornak .... producer
Original Music by
Ian Dye 
Cinematography by
Wayne Kennan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Skip Collector 
Casting by
Bonnie Zane 
Production Design by
Michael G. Gallenberg 
Art Direction by
Jim O'Donnell 
Set Decoration by
Michael Deal 
Costume Design by
Luellyn Harper  (as Luellyn Harper Thomas)
Makeup Department
Art Harding .... key makeup artist
Maria Valdivia .... hair stylist
Production Management
Todd Chambers .... post supervisor (as Todd 'Spider' Chambers)
Kent Zbornak .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Risner .... second assistant director
Jason Saville .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jode S. Mann .... property master (as Jode Mann)
Miles S. Richman .... lead painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bickelhaupt .... re-recording
John W. Cook II .... re-recording (as John Cook)
Laura King .... sound mixer (as Laura Osborn-King)
Visual Effects by
Siouxsie Stewart .... visual effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip N. Berardi .... gaffer (as Philip Berardi)
Pete G. Papanickolas .... key grip (as Pete Papanickolas)
Robert Gagnier .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Dan Hofstad .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Robert G. Lestak .... grip (uncredited)
Michael E. Little .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Lupo .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Manny Mena .... post production assistant
David Rogers .... assistant editor
Greg Faluszczak .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Chris Jacobson .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Mike Post .... theme by
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator (as Billy Arter)
Other crew
Margo Campillo .... production staff
Stephanie Chambers .... production staff (as Stephanie Bloch)
Brad Copeland .... production staff
Judi Elterman .... technical coordinator
Joe Furey .... executive consultant
Laura Gutin .... production staff
Richard Harris .... production staff
Susan Leslie .... script coordinator
Barbara O'Connell .... production coordinator
Lynn Souza .... production accountant (as Lynne Souza)
Robert Spina .... script supervisor
Chris Starr .... production staff
Marisa Tambornini .... production staff
Tony Carey .... production executive (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

First episode filmed after the sudden death of Phil Hartman. Filming was interrupted several times because of crying cast members.See more »
Dave Nelson:Joe, my office is on fire.See more »


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A show mourns . . ., 25 April 2016
Author: Mr-Fusion from United States

I can list at least ten episodes from TV shows in which a character is killed off - some more overwrought than others - but usually, the actor just wants another gig. Phil Hartman's tragic (senseless) death forced the "NewsRadio" producers to d4eal with that loss . . . somehow. Either mention it in passing or face it head-on. 'Bill Moves On' is the latter option, having the staff of WNYX returning from his funeral and actually grieve on camera. That was no easy task and you ca see the pain on every actor's face' but they muscle through it like consummate professionals. And yet it still feels like a "NewsRadio" episode, and even though I walked into this expecting something taxing, there were some good laughs here.

This deserves high marks for its understated approach. Nothing sentimental, just the characters reading notes left by their fallen colleague. And each one of them are in his voice; they sound like Bill McNeal. That's as close to hearing his last words as it gets.

To address such an imposing elephant in the room, this was a classy way to handle it.


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