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The New WKRP in Cincinnati 

The further misadventures of the struggling radio station.


Hugh Wilson




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Complete series cast summary:
Gordon Jump ...  Arthur Carlson 46 episodes, 1991-1993
Frank Bonner ...  Herb Tarlek 46 episodes, 1991-1993
Richard Sanders ...  Les Nessman 46 episodes, 1991-1993
Mykelti Williamson ...  Donovan Aderhold / ... 45 episodes, 1991-1993
Tawny Kitaen ...  Mona Loveland 43 episodes, 1991-1993
Marla Rubinoff ...  Nancy Braithwaite / ... 34 episodes, 1991-1993
John Chappell John Chappell ...  Buddy Dornster / ... 32 episodes, 1991-1993
Kathleen Garrett ...  Dana Burns 27 episodes, 1991-1993
Michael Des Barres ...  Jack Allen 24 episodes, 1991-1992
Hope Alexander-Willis ...  Claire Hartline 24 episodes, 1991-1992
French Stewart ...  Razor Dee / ... 22 episodes, 1992-1993
Lightfield Lewis ...  Arthur Carlson, Jr. / ... 22 episodes, 1991-1992


A spinoff of the original WKRP in Cincinnati. Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson still runs the lagging station. When his latest program director is fired for violating FCC regulations, he hires Donovan Aderhold. Donovan has so many fresh ideas, it boggles the mind of the boss. The new WKRP included Morning DJs Jack Allen and Dana Burns and the sultry night DJ, Mona Loveland. From time to time past WKRP alumni would return to visit, showing that their lives had turned out better since they left. Advertising director Herb Tarlek (bad suits and all) and Les Nessman were also returning regulars to the show. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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7 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Gordon Jump, Frank Bonner, and Richard Sanders reprised their roles from the original show, while Howard Hesseman reprised the role of Dr. Johnny Fever on a recurring basis. Other original cast members came in for guest spots, with Loni Anderson returning for two episodes and Tim Reid for one episode. See more »


Follows WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) See more »

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a mixed bag of good, bad and in between
3 January 2016 | by keithgordoncaSee all my reviews

Like almost everyone who tuned in, we were fans of the original show. Bill Dial (the original engineer, Bucky Dornster) was a major creative force behind the scenes in both, but was working in a different environment this time round.

The new WKRP had paid great attention to the physical details of the sets, and brought back 3 strong cast members. Unfortunately that was less than half of the original ensemble, and despite what other reviewers have said, few of them seemed to work. French Stewart as Razor and Nancy Braithwaite were the only standouts, as they were drawn as broadly comedic characters like most everyone in the original WKRP. Claire, Dana, Jack and even Art Jr. were just too boring and plain, forcing the best story lines to lean on Art, Herb and Les too much, or to bring in guests from the first series.

The 2 seasons were very different as well, since 4 main cast members from season 1 were replaced without explanation heading into season 2. This disjointed nature rose towards the end of season 2 with Donovan being killed off apparently in the second last episode, then zero mention in the final episode, while Mona just never appeared after the episode in LA with Johnny. So the overall story arc was a problem, along with the casting.

Now that said, there were still moments of strong TV here, particularly as Herb and Les still are the wacky nuts they always were. Nancy provides a great foil for Herb, showing the reverse of the Jennifer scenario. He gets a taste of his own medicine for a change. When Johnny guests it is always a compelling tale, and the Hollywood version of WKRP mimics the "Real Families" episode from the original to great effect.

Hopefully now that the show has finally appeared on the torrent and streaming sites it will be possible for more fans to rediscover this interesting, albeit flawed, bit of TV history.

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