NewsRadio

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NewsRadio
NewsRadio Logo.jpg
Premiere March 21, 1995
Finale May 4, 1999
Creator Paul Simms
Network/Provider NBC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment,
343, Inc.
Seasons 5
Episodes 97
Origin USA

NewsRadio (known as The Station during development) is a sitcom set in the studios of WNYX, the second-best news channel in New York City. While perpetually in danger of being cancelled, the five seasons the show was on continually produced some of the most entertaining half-hours of television, although some say the show never recovered from Phil Hartman's death after the fourth season.

The series stars Dave Nelson, a Wisconsin native and new news director at WNYX. His staff includes an egotistical announcer Bill McNeal, his cohost Catherine Duke, incompetent journalist Matthew Brock, self-assured producer Lisa Miller, ditzy assistant Beth, paranoid handyman Joe Garrelli, and renegade millionaire Jimmy James. The show, like any good sitcom, took each character seriously to create believable situations. Except for the episode in space.

Between the excellent ensemble cast and brilliant writing, NewsRadio remains one of the last hurrahs of the old multi-camera, studio audience sitcom genre.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5
Dave Foley Dave Nelson * * * * *
Stephen Root Jimmy James * * * * *
Andy Dick Matthew Brock * * * * *
Maura Tierney Lisa Miller * * * * *
Vicki Lewis Beth * * * * *
Joe Rogan Joe Garrelli * * * * *
Khandi Alexander Catherine Duke * * * *
Ella Joyce (pilot only)
Phil Hartman Bill McNeal * * * *
Jon Lovitz Max Louis *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One March 21, 1995 May 9, 1995 7
Season Two November 19, 1995 April 28, 1996 21
Season Three September 18, 1996 June 5, 1997 25
Season Four September 23, 1997 May 12, 1998 22
Season Five September 9, 1998 May 4, 1999 22

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series October 28, 2008 purchase 12
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First and Second Seasons May 24, 2005 purchase 3
The Complete Third Season February 28, 2006 purchase 3
The Complete Fourth Season June 20, 2006 purchase 3
The Complete Fifth Season March 20, 2007 purchase 3
Episode Collections  (Region 1)
Fan Favorites September 29, 2009 purchase 1

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