NewsRadio

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

NewsRadio (known as The Station during development) was 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 millionare Jimmy James. The show, like any good sitcom, took each character seriously to create believeable situations. Except for the episode in space.

Between the excellent ensamble 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
Dave Foley Dave Nelson 1 2 3 4 5
Stephen Root Jimmy James 1 2 3 4 5
Andy Dick Matthew Brock 1 2 3 4 5
Maura Tierney Lisa Miller 1 2 3 4 5
Vicki Lewis Beth 1 2 3 4 5
Joe Rogan Joe Garrelli 1 2 3 4 5
Khandi Alexander Catherine Duke1 1 2 3
Phil Hartman Bill McNeal 1 2 3 4
Jon Lovitz Max Lewis 5

1Catherine Duke was played by Ella Joyce in the pilot.

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

External Sites