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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.

Creators:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lynch/Frost Productions 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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Trivia

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

Buddy Budwaller: Betty Hudson is a mistake. She's not an actress. She's not the star of the show. She's a receptionist waiting to happen.
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Polarity
30 July 2004 | by hung_fao_tweezeSee all my reviews

I loved the show - my wife did not. But then again, I like Lynch and she does not.

This seems to be an original show but is actually a cross between the old 'Dick Van Dyke Show' and the movie 'My Favorite Year'. Well, at least to me. Despite that I still found a haven in this show. It was nice to know someone else besides myself appreciates this bizarre and surreal humor. And then I was upset it was canceled, but I can certainly see why. I don't think the characters got a chance to really develop except for Blinky. If you missed the first absolutely hilarious show, you may have been destined to be lost. Kind of reminds me of 'Twin Peaks' - you either started with it and became intrigues and hypnotized - or you were lost big-time, babe.

Anyway, as noted, the first show hooked me. I laughed hysterically, and still do to this day, at the amazing last minutes. I wish I could describe it, but that may spoil it. It might be indescribable anyway relying on many situational visual laughs (some good audio ones as well - it IS Lynch, afterall). I could see real potential to revolutionize something in comedy here - but alas. It didn't catch.

Yes, I would love to see the remaining unseen shows if the first few are any indication.


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