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In the 1950s, a group of television performers attempt to put together a live variety program and often find disastrous results.

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Mark Frost, David Lynch
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ian Buchanan ...  Lester Guy 7 episodes, 1992
Nancye Ferguson Nancye Ferguson ...  Ruth Trueworthy 7 episodes, 1992
Miguel Ferrer ...  Bud Budwaller 7 episodes, 1992
Gary Grossman ...  Bert Schein 7 episodes, 1992
Mel Johnson Jr. ...  Mickey 7 episodes, 1992
Marvin Kaplan ...  Dwight McGonigle 7 episodes, 1992
David L. Lander ...  Valdja Gochktch 7 episodes, 1992
Kim McGuire ...  Nicole Thorne 7 episodes, 1992
Marla Rubinoff ...  Betty Hudson 7 episodes, 1992
Tracey Walter ...  'Blinky' Watts 7 episodes, 1992
Raleigh Friend Raleigh Friend ...  Hurry Up Twin 7 episodes, 1992
Buddy Douglas Buddy Douglas ...  Buddy Morris / ... 7 episodes, 1992
Raymond Friend Raymond Friend ...  Hurry Up Twin 7 episodes, 1992
Irwin Keyes ...  Shorty the Stagehand 7 episodes, 1992
Everett Greenbaum Everett Greenbaum ...  ZBC Announcer / ... 7 episodes, 1992
Diana Bellamy ...  Ethel Thissle 2 episodes, 1992
Sydney Lassick ...  Mr. Zoblotnick 2 episodes, 1992
Richard Riehle ...  Dr. Winky 2 episodes, 1992
Charles Tyner ...  Professor R. Answer 2 episodes, 1992
Loren Janes ...  Executive 2 episodes, 1992
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Storyline

The year is 1957. The cast and crew of the Lester Guy Show are extremely apprehensive about their upcoming live television broadcast on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Co. network. Lester Guy despises fellow cast member Betty Hudson for unknowingly becoming more popular than him and schemes to destroy her career. Only two of the seven episodes were written by David Lynch. Written by Jennifer Harrison

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Na antenie See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This series was a mid-season replacement in 1992. Seven episodes were made, but only 2 episodes were shown as scheduled, the 3rd episode was pre-empted in most of the US. See more »

Quotes

Lester Guy: Yes, well, what do they know in South Dakota?
Buddy Budwaller: They know what they like.
Lester Guy: If they knew what they liked, they wouldn't be in South Dakota.
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Rare find
23 September 2006 | by todd-488See all my reviews

A gem that was too good to make it, just like Twin Peaks. I happen to have all 7 episodes on tape, as they were released briefly in the early 990's to capitalize on Lynch's popularity at the time. I watch them a least once a year, they're a nice antidote to most of the so-called comedies on TV now. Such great performances from Miguel Ferrar, David L Lander, and a hilarious appearance by the old Lynch standby Freddie Jones (Mr. Bytes in "The Elephant Man") as a pompous, over soused Brit from the stage who will remind you of every self-important actor you've ever met. As it goes in the world of TV, it was not meant to be. It is one of those shows that would have been nurtured by HBO or Showtime had they produced it. What makes it so achingly funny is how serious everyone plays it. If you've ever seen "Noises Off", this is as close to a sitcom as that show can ever come.


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