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NewsRadio

5 Seasons

Season 1
4.9 out of 5 stars (245) IMDb 7.9/10

A funny sitcom that explores office politics, relationships, and crises through a group of co-workers at WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 newsradio station. NewsRadio features a haggled news director, sniping anchor people, the ambitious supervising producer, the station's eccentric owner, their wacky secretary, and a tech-happy electrician.

Starring:
Dave Foley, Stephen Root

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

As the new News Director at New York's WNYX radio, Dave Nelson is ready for his first day on the job. But there's just one problem -- station owner Jimmy James has yet to fire Ed Harlow, the man Dave has been hired to replace. To make matters worse, Jimmy has not told anyone on the staff that Dave is their new boss as he proceeds to introduce him as the station's new sports reporter.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: May 24, 2005
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2. The Crisis

Only two weeks into his new job, Dave is facing his first big news crisis. A fire has stranded a subway train between stations, leaving its 35 passengers in the dark and smoky tunnel. Though Bill suggests sticking with the station's usual approach of periodic updates with little information, Dave has other ideas.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 24, 2005
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3. Inappropriate

In the wake of Matthew's inappropriate, and obscene, pronunciation of a name in the news, Dave must try to limit the damage. Yet, much to his chagrin, Lisa takes charge and suggests an on-air apology before Dave has had a chance to react.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 24, 2005
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4. Smoking

In compliance with a new state law, Dave announces that the station is now officially a no-smoking office. News of the ban doesn't sit well with Bill, who claims that cigarettes are the key to his radio voice. And when he discovers a provision in the law allowing a special smoking area, Bill insists that Dave comply

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 24, 2005
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5. Luncheon at the Waldorf

As Dave and Lisa struggle to keep their own romance a secret, another potential inter-office relationship arises when Bill invites Beth to the Annual Broadcaster's Luncheon. While Beth believes him when he says the invitation comes with no strings attached, no one else in the office does.

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6. Big Day

The Big Day when Jimmy hands out the annual bonuses has arrived. And after he's cautioned against having an affair with anyone at work, and particularly Lisa, Dave is saddled with the responsibility of deciding this year's bonuses.

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7. Sweeps Week

As their clandestine affair progresses, Dave begins to learn some of the details about Lisa's former boyfriend, Stewart. Aware of just how much Stewart was liked by the station's staff, Dave then finds himself facing a problem of his own -- the unexpected arrival of his former girlfriend, Nancy.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 24, 2005
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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Starring Dave Foley, Stephen Root
Supporting actors Andy Dick, Maura Tierney, Vicki Lewis, Joe Rogan, Phil Hartman, Khandi Alexander, Jon Lovitz, Patrick Warburton, Brad Rowe, Lauren Graham, Joe Furey, Toby Huss, Steve Susskind, David Anthony Higgins, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Alan Frazier, Wallace Langham
Season year 2005
Network Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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NewsRadio was part of NBC's Must See TV on Thursdays, and Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Sundays. Basically, if there was a hole in the schedule this workhorse was plugged in. Unfortunately, that also led to quite a bit of viewer frustration since it was hard to find the series at times.
This set brings together the first two seasons. It starts off with Dave (Dave Foley) being hired as the new Program Director for a New York all news radio station. First, he has to fire the old PD, and make nice with the reporter (Maura Tierney) who wanted the job.
Some of the early episodes only hint at what the characters would become. Jimmy James (Stephen Root) starts out far less wacky than the character became by the fifth season. Phil Hartman's Bill McNeil was brilliant out the blocks. Matthew (Andy Dick) was annoying right from the beginning. MIA from the pilot is Joe Garrelli (Joe Rogan) who joined in the second episode.
Overall, NewsRadio was a great show that never got the recognition it deserved from NBC. Fortunately, it gets a new lease on life thatnks to a very reasonably priced DVD set.
The release date has been changed. The creator of the show heard about the DVD set and called the company to make sure that he was able to add extras to the discs. Now, instead of a bare-banes compilation there will be commentary tracks, out-takes and other extras.
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Any sitcom lives and dies with the interplay of its primary characters, and NewsRadio was blessed with not one, not two, not three . . . but four brilliant and compatible comic actors in Phil Hartman, Dave Foley, Andy Dick, and Stephen Root (and I'm probably not giving enough credit to Maura Tierney and Vicki Lewis, both of whom were excellent). Like most sitcoms, NewsRadio didn't truly hit its stride until the second or third season, but the first season is well worth watching, because of course that's when everything began coming together.

I've seen every episode of NewsRadio at least five times -- well, except for the last season, when things just weren't the same without Phil Hartman -- and I really can't recommend the show highly enough, except to say that it's probably the greatest combination of slapstick, absurdity, and comic sophistication ever committed to the small screen.

(A little background on the DVD release: Columbia, which owns NewsRadio, was going to release a bare-bones version months ago. But when Paul Simms, the show's creator, found out about Columbia's plans, he raised such a stink that they agreed to delay the release until Simms could pull together a bunch of extra features. The wait's driving me crazy, but I'm comforted by the knowledge that it won't be forever. Now, if somebody would just let us see Dabney Coleman's Buffalo Bill on DVD, I could die a contented man...)
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According to something posted to the newsgroup
[Excerpted from the latest NewsRadio Newsletter message.]
I know you're all wanting an update on the forthcoming NewsRadio DVD release, and while I don't have a release date for you, I can tell you that 20 episode commentaries for the set have been completed with a mix and match of participants, including Paul Simms, Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney, Andy Dick, Vicki Lewis, Joe Rogan, Khandi Alexander, Josh Lieb, Brad Issacs, Joe Furey, Lew Morton, Brian Kelley, Julie Bean, Kent Zbornak, Tom Cherones, Brad Grey, and yes, former NBC President Warren Littlefield.
Kent Zbornak, one of NewsRadio's producers, had the job of coordinating it all, and the show's erstwhile script supervisor, Robert Spina, sat in on the sessions and took photos
Paul Simms has promised some additional musings on the recording of the commenataries, but right now he'll say, "In short? It was incredibly fun."
An anonymous member of the NewsRadio team adds, "It was a reunion and a revisiting in the purest sense. The commentary was funny and twisted, just like the show itself."
The NewsRadio Newsletter"
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This is easily one of the best sitcoms of the last 10-20 years. Not only is the writing and acting top-notch, but the show loves to experiment. Some episodes delved into pure fantasy: What if the show was set in space, or on the Titanic? Some episodes freely switched back and forth between the "real" plot and the characters' own visions of what's happening. Some episodes were direct social satire. It's as though the creators wanted to try all sorts of other genres, and yet every experiment worked.
But NewsRadio is also excellent for its visual style: for a series set in a standard office environment, the camerawork is anything but standard. The show has one of the most fluid uses of space you're likely to see in a sitcom, with characters easily moving in and out of the various spaces in the office, and with characters occupying multiple layers of screen space simultaneously. And it's probably the only mainstream sitcom I can think of where I'm always watching the frame: actors have lines from offstage, or suddenly appear out of the unlikliest places, so that you really get the sense of an entire work area being occupied all the time.
Add to all of this the breakneck speed with which the jokes come and the plot moves, and you will see why the show was so well thought of. It's too bad it had to play between lame shows like "Just Shoot Me," which took 30 minutes to do what NewsRadio could do before the opening credits. It's about time the show was released on DVD!
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