NewsRadio is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1995 to 1999, focusing on the work lives of the staff of a New York City AM radio news station. It had an ensemble cast featuring Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney, Vicki Lewis, Khandi Alexander, Phil Hartman in his final regular role before his death; the series was created by executive producer Paul Simms and was filmed in front of a studio audience at CBS Studio Center and Sunset Gower Studios. The show's theme tune was composed by Mike Post, who scored the pilot; the series is set at WNYX, a fictional AM news radio station in New York City, populated by a playful station owner and staff. The show begins with the arrival of the level-headed Dave Nelson. While Dave turns out to be less naive than his youthful appearance suggests, he never gains control of his co-workers; the fast-paced scripts and ensemble cast combined physical humor and sight gags with smart dialogue and absurd storylines. Plots involved satirical takes on historical events, news stories, pop culture references.
The third- and fourth-season finales took the absurdity to the extreme, setting the characters in outer space and aboard the Titanic. There are a total of 97 episodes. Reruns continued in syndication for several years before disappearing in most markets, but the show has aired on A&E Network, Nick at Nite, TBS network in the United States, TVtropolis and the Comedy Network in Canada. In the United States, the show airs as a filler on WGN America and runs on Reelz Channel. For several years starting in July 2007, the program was syndicated through The Program Exchange. David "Dave" Nelson is WNYX's news director, described as a "Midwesterner out of place in New York and pointedly young for such a responsible job", he was raised in Wisconsin. Dave has a number of talents that he considers embarrassing, including tap dancing, thespian work in high school, participation in an all-male a cappella group, knife throwing, ventriloquism, he has a polite and rational personality, which contrasts with the more colorful personalities of the other characters and the absurd situations that occur on the show.
He has phone conversations with his mother and keeps a picture of her in his desk. He has an overwhelming coffee addiction, as well as a strong affinity for television and classic sitcoms Green Acres and Mister Ed. Dave has an inexplicable "obsession", as Lisa calls it, with the America song "A Horse with No Name". Jimmy James is the station's playful billionaire owner, his name comes from a Beastie Boys song. Despite owning a vast corporate empire, he seems to enjoy micromanaging WNYX, he acts as a father figure towards his employees helping them learn life lessons. Recurring gags associated with Mr. James include his search for a wife, his infatuation with Dave's mother, his inability to act, his rivalries with other wealthy entrepreneurs, his considerable inside knowledge of conspiracies and government cover-ups. Cooper. In the show's series finale, Mr. James "retires" to New Hampshire where he buys a news radio station and newspaper, taking most of the WNYX staff with him. Evelyn William "Bill" McNeal is a news co-anchor for WNYX.
Bombastic and insubordinate, Bill is a thorn in the news director's side. His relationships are unorthodox or contentious, he displays jarring gaps in knowledge. Another running joke in the show has Bill describing painful stories with an air of nostalgia wistfully saying, "good times, good times". Bill shows flashes of concern and wisdom for his co-workers, whom he perceives as friends. Hartman's death during the production hiatus after the fourth season is addressed in the first episode of the fifth season, where his character is revealed to have died of a sudden heart attack. Radio Ink magazine honored Phil Hartman on its cover following the actor's death, the magazine cover was subsequently displayed in Dave's office as a tribute to Hartman. Matthew Brock is a news reporter. Superficially clumsy and maladroit, he is the butt of many physical jokes on the show. Matthew idolizes Bill. In the series, he displays an affinity for science-fiction and fantasy media. Matthew prefers radio journalism.
He has a crush on Lisa. He dislikes Max, seeing him as an interloper, trying to take Bill's place, believes himself to be Bill's rightful successor, but grows to like him. Lisa Miller, with whom Dave has an intermittent relationship, serves as reporter, on-air personality and news director at different times in the series. An obsessive overachiever, Lisa can perform complex mathematical calculations and keeps a detailed life-plan, she brags about her SAT scores and retakes the exam well out of college. She gets turned on if she yells too much. Lisa was born in Boston, living there until the age of seven when her family moved to Connecticut, she represses a working class Boston accent, which results in her having a sibilant "S" while speaking. During the first two seasons of the show, she is in regular contact with her ex-boyfriend Stuart, with the suggestion that they might still be in love. In seaso
Hot Properties (TV series)
Hot Properties is an American sitcom featuring four women working together in a Manhattan real estate office. It was first aired on October 7, 2005 on ABC; the series finale aired on Friday, December 30, 2005. Compared to Sex and the City and the CBS situation comedy Designing Women, this show features four single women professionals, each with distinct personalities that contribute in their failure to secure dates; the comparison to these shows led many critics to describe the show as unoriginal. The women share a passion for Oprah. Ava is the forty-nine-year-old executive of the Hot Properties real estate firm, her husband is half her age. Ava is madly in love with him, hopes to raise a family. Chloe is down to earth and relies on self-help books for personal advice, she is desperate to get married, but keeps dating the wrong men. Lola is a curvy Latina. Throughout the show, men stare at her and compete for Lola's attention, to which she is oblivious. Lola's desire for handsome men leads her in pursuit of gay men, resulting in disappointment.
As a result, she is afraid to go dating. Lola hopes to improve her "gaydar". Emerson is rich, with little work experience, she was upon discovering that the fiancée was not a virgin, broke it off. She bonds with her roommates; the show received a negative critical reception, with review aggregator Metacritic awarding it 31 out of 100 based on 22 reviews. Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle called the show "stupid and annoying", along with fellow ABC sitcom Freddie. Hot Properties on IMDb
Just Shoot Me!
Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from March 4, 1997, to August 16, 2003, with a total of 148 half-hour episodes spanning seven seasons. The show was created by the show's executive producer; the show follows the staff at the fictional fashion magazine Blush. Early on, the series was a competitive hit winning its time slot; the first season of six episodes were all aired by NBC in a single month in March 1997. It was renewed for a 13-episode second season, fitted at 9:30 after Frasier, was moved in the spring to Thursdays between Friends and Seinfeld. After just two of these airings, the order was bumped up to a full season; when Seinfeld left the airwaves in 1998, Just Shoot Me! was one of the contenders to take the coveted 9 p.m. Thursday slot. Frasier instead won the slot, Just Shoot Me was instead given Frasier's 9 p.m. Tuesday slot. Just Shoot Me! was never given a definitive time slot during its series run. The show ended up being moved around on the NBC schedule.
It still retained good ratings, though: in its fourth season, it was the top-rated show for NBC Tuesday nights and had an average rating of 6.1/16 share. Laura San Giacomo – Maya Gallo David Spade – Dennis Finch Wendie Malick – Nina Van Horn George Segal – Jack Gallo Enrico Colantoni – Elliot DiMauro Chris Hogan – Wally Dick Rena Sofer – Vicki Costa The character of Maya Gallo was portrayed by Laura San Giacomo. Maya was portrayed as a buxom, hot-tempered, sassy journalist who took a job at the fictional glamour fashion magazine Blush, which happened to be owned by her father Jack Gallo, in the pilot after she was fired for tampering with an anchorwoman's teleprompter and making her cry on the air, she was a dichotomy on several levels, with her headstrong smarts coupled against a naïveté about life and sometimes love. Though she was clearly attractive and would on occasion use this if a situation called for it, Maya frowned upon men looking at women as objects of sexual desire, in keeping with her feminist views, instead encouraged people to admire women for their intelligence or other attributes.
For her, this was not a popular view for a fashion magazine and it therefore put her at odds with much of the magazine's staff thus providing much of the comedic conflict of the series. She is mistaken for a Puerto Rican, her birthday is January 1. In the episode "Nina Van Grandma" Jack claims "I was in that delivery room 14 hours on the hottest day of the year..... why did it snow today". Maya was shown dating on the show, she and Elliot were a couple for quite some time, they were engaged. However, Elliot's fear of commitment causes him to have a panic attack moments after he proposes to her. Among her other dates were Michael Tenzer, Ray Liotta and another man named Chris. Although she was involved in several relationships, she was never depicted getting married in the series, she is very skilled at pitching. However, if Maya starts pitching, she can't stop; the character of Jack Gallo, portrayed by George Segal, is the publisher of Blush. During his daughter Maya's childhood, Jack was an absent workaholic.
The relationship between the two of them develops throughout the series reaching its pinnacle when he hands the magazine over to Maya in the series finale after retiring. When extolling the virtues of an assistant to Maya, he notes that an assistant can become one's "best friend," although the sentiment was dulled by his use of the pronoun "it" to refer to the hypothetical assistant. Jack is four times divorced, although he was married to Maya's high school classmate Allie for the first half of the series, they have a daughter named Hannah, born in the first episode, "Back Issues". Jack showers Hannah with affection; this resentment disappears when Jack explains that he did not want to repeat with Hannah the mistakes he made with Maya. Jack has a running contest with Donald Trump as to who is, among other topics, the smartest, the richest, the best gift giver. In "The Book of Jack", Finch refers to Jack as "Jackson Gilbert Gallo", however, in "La Cage" Nina refers to Jack as "Jackson H. Gallo".
The character of Nina Van Horn, portrayed by Wendie Malick, is the fashion editor at Blush. As a teenager she had a daughter; when reuniting with her and finding out Cloe has a teenager daughter she is shocked, but proudly accepts that she is a grandmother. She was a cover movie star in the 1970s and 1980s, she found that when she retired, people forgot her as as they knew her. In a special Biography program about her, Pat Sajak says that no one is able to guess her name and the contestants are sent home, her partying once caused her to die in 1986. At one point, she mentions that she slept with Mick Jagger, was the one who broke up music bands such as The Eagles and the Jackson 6. Nina is considered an alcoholic due to her casual nip of alcohol during the day at work. Due to her former status as a supermodel, she has been plagued by an obsession to party all night long and to return to work the following morning with a hangover, she is if no longer an addict experienced in recreational pharmacy with a wide knowledge of (an
DAG (U.S. TV series)
DAG is an American sitcom that aired from November 2000 to May 2001 on NBC. It was named after its star, David Alan Grier, who stars as United States Secret Service agent Jerome Daggett. Daggett's name, in turn, is a back-formation; the show stars Delta Burke as the First Lady of the United States of America. After making a mistake during a failed assassination attempt on the President, Agent Daggett is reassigned to protect the First Lady. Agent Daggett encounters problems with the First Lady who treats him like a servant instead of her body guard, he has problems with an egotistical fellow agent, Edward Pillows, the First Lady's secretary Ginger Chin, the First couple's beautiful young daughter Camilla. The series was scheduled on NBC's Tuesday night sitcom line up following 3rd Rock from the Sun at 9:30 EST. In January 2001, the series was moved to 8:30 timeslot, but was canceled the following May after one season. David Alan Grier as Secret Service Agent Jerome "Dag" Daggett Delta Burke as First Lady Judith Whitman David Rasche as President Whitman Stephen Dunham as Agent Edward Pillows Mel Jackson as Secret Service Agent Morton Emmy Laybourne as Agent Susan Cole Lauren Tom as Secretary Ginger Chin Paul F. Tompkins as Chief of Staff Sullivan Pope Lea Moreno Young as Camilla Whitman Robert Bianco of USA Today said it "should have been funnier but wasn't a total star vehicle disaster like "Bette" or "The Michael Richards Show"."
Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel said it was "Flat, old-fashioned DAG wastes David Alan Grier and Delta Burke -- an impeachable comedy offense." DAG at TV.com DAG on IMDb DAG at epguides.com
True Jackson, VP
True Jackson, VP is an American teen sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon from November 8, 2008, to August 20, 2011. The series starred Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, Matt Shively, Danielle Bisutti, Greg Proops, Robbie Amell, Ron Butler; the theme song is performed by Palmer. The series was shot in front of a live studio audience, mentioned at the start of each episode. On May 5, 2009, Nickelodeon renewed the show for a second season of 34 episodes, which premiered on November 14, 2009. In 2010, Nickelodeon cancelled the show after two seasons, it was later split, making a third season. The pilot episode garnered 4.8 million viewers on its first airing and set network records among kids 6–11, adolescents 9–14 and several other demos, airing after the iCarly three-part episode "iGo to Japan". The show premiered on Nickelodeon on May 25, 2009, on Nickelodeon on August 3, 2009; the one-hour episode entitled "Mystery in Peru" completed the 34 ordered episodes for season two, after it aired on August 20, 2011.
Keke Palmer posted a video on her YouTube account and posted on her blog, confirming that "Mystery in Peru" is the series' finale. Fifteen-year-old True Jackson is selling sandwiches and lemonade with her friend Ryan in the fashion district of New York City, when she is complimented by fashion designer Max Madigan, founder and CEO of Mad Style. Max realizes the clothes True is wearing are his designs, but True had altered them to suit her own purposes. Max likes the altered design and hires True to be the VP of his fashion company's youth apparel division. True hires her best friend Lulu to be her assistant after firing Cricket, her former assistant, upset and bitter about being surpassed in the business by a kid. With Lulu's and Ryan's help, True works to be the best she can be despite various obstacles such as her self-centered co-worker Amanda, less than enthusiastic to be working with a teenager, but the truth is that she is jealous of True because of how Max pays more attention to True than he does to her.
True sees Amanda as an amazing icon in fashion and Amanda recognizes True as a fashion equal, though she still taunts True playfully on a regular basis. Keke Palmer as True Jackson, a teenager who serves as the Vice President of the Youth Fashion Department at Mad Style, where she works, gets into mishaps and has a lot of fun with her friends, she is intelligent and hardworking with an odd family. She is the most sensible of her friends. In the beginning of the series, she has a crush on Jimmy, Mr. Madigan's nephew, they become a couple. In the series' finale, True becomes President. A running gag in the series is when she says, " what now?". Ashley Argota as Lulu, True's best friend and secretary–assistant, she tends to be crazy and clueless. She is distracted as seen in every episode. Although not many people believe it, she is intelligent and loves math, she suffers from trichophagia and she is afraid of birds. Her last name was not revealed during the series, she has a boyfriend named Mikey J. She and Mikey J. share their first kiss in the series' finale.
Matt Shively as Ryan Leslie Laserbeam, True's second best friend. Though he does not have an official job at Mad Style, he is always there to hang out with True and Lulu, he is not intelligent and is clumsy. Ryan's middle name is Leslie. Oscar is not sure if Laserbeam is Ryan's real last name, but according to Ryan's big brother, he got the name when one of his ancestors was given the name "Laserbeam" by his crew captain while he was working on a ship, it is hinted that he has a crush on Amanda, but this is no longer acknowledged in the second season due to his affection for Kelsey. Danielle Bisutti as Amanda Cantwell, one of the many workers at Mad Style, she is the Vice President of Women's Fashion. Through the beginning of the series, Amanda is seen as True's rival as they fought/disagreed with each other, but Amanda is becoming True's friend, she was not happy when she found out that Mr. Madigan hired a "kid". By the end of the series, she realizes that True isn't so bad and that she is looked up to.
Robbie Amell as Jimmy Madigan, a mail deliverer at Mad Style, the nephew of Max Madigan, the boy of True's affection. He has feelings towards True, but couldn't date her for a while due to a job rule, until True got jealous of a new mail girl and they became a couple. In the episode "True Secret", Jimmy and True are caught kissing by Max and he says that in order for them to stay together, one of them must quit. By the end of the episode, Max changes the rule. In the series' finale, he gets promoted to drummer of the staff lounge and Kelsey becomes the new mailroom girl. Ron Butler as Oscar, the main secretary and operator for Mad Style and works behind the reception desk on the floor where Mad Style offices are, he is seen delivering messages to Amanda. Known to crack jokes, he tends to speak in a campy manner, he wears ascots all the time. Like Lulu, he does not have a last name, it is unknown what became of him after the series' finale, but it's assumed he remains as a secretary. Greg Proops as Max Madigan, the CEO of Mad Style and holds all the meetings and other social events glorifying True.
He is Jimmy's uncle. He retires to stay at home with his wife Doris, pregnant with their first child, he can be confusing at times. When stressed out, it isn't a good idea to
Kids Incorporated, was an American children's television program. It is a youth-oriented program with musical performances as an integral part of each and every episode; the pilot episode was shot on September 1, 1983. The show aired in syndication from September 1, 1984 to May 25, 1986, on the Disney Channel from November 3, 1986, to February 9, 1994. Reruns aired on the Disney Channel until May 30, 1996; the show revolves around a group of children and teenagers who performed in their own rock group, Kids Incorporated. They struggled to deal with issues ranging from crushes to peer pressure to child abuse, while performing at a local former musical club called The P*lace; the action took place on abstract "stagey" sets and the plots involved many fantasy elements, such as the group meeting a robot, a runaway princess and a wise-cracking bicycle. In addition to their performances on stage, the group would break into song when they were off-stage; the cast was children and teenagers. The only recurring adult cohost members were Moosie Drier, Sean O'Riordan and Dena Burton, who played staff of The P*lace.
Parents appeared on the show, nor did they figure directly into any of the episodes’ plots. The cast of all nine seasons is listed as follows: The group members ranged in age from eight to seventeen, although Moosie Drier was twenty at the beginning of the series. From Seasons 4 to 5 there were six members; the characters on the show carried the names of the actors who played them. However, in some cases, they were replaced. For example, Marta Marrero's character was named Gloria, Jerry Sharell's was named Mickey, Jennifer Love Hewitt's was named Robin. Rahsaan Patterson was called Kid and his real name was not revealed as Rahsaan until well into the series. Last names were mentioned. Actors left the show when they "aged out" of their roles on it or if they wanted to work on other things; the disappearances of some actors, such as Jerry Sharell, Marta Marrero, Renee Sands, Rahsaan Patterson, Moosie Drier, were written into the script. However, many of the characters were replaced without comment.
During Stacy's tenure on the show, she went from being the youngest to the oldest and holds the record for the longest run at six seasons, including the pilot. Moosie Drier was part of the cast for five seasons. Renee Sands, Rahsaan Patterson, Kenny Ford, Ryan Lambert were on it for four seasons each. For many of the cast members and musicians, the show was the beginning of a successful career in the entertainment industry; the most visible stars are Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eric Balfour, Renee Sands and Stacy Ferguson, both of whom are founding members of pop trio Wild Orchid. Stacy now performs with the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas, in addition to enjoying a successful solo career, is known by her stage name, Fergie. Other former cast members who have seen success in their careers in music and acting include: Martika, Mario Lopez, Eric Balfour, Jennifer Love Hewitt, credited as "Love Hewitt", Ryan Lambert Haylie Johnson. Brian Friedman – 1991–1994 Mario Lopez – 1984–1986 Brian Poth – 1987–1988 Shanice Wilson - 1984 Guest stars included both established celebrities and newcomers.
Florence Henderson, Gwen Verdon, Kathy Johnson, Barry Williams, Billy Blanks, David Hasselhoff, John Franklin, Ryan Bollman, Christian Hoff, Paul Rodriguez, Brian Robbins, Ruth Buzzi were among those who appeared during the run of the show. Young actors who guest starred on it included Brittany Murphy, Scott Wolf, R. J. Williams, Jason Hervey, Jeff Cohen. Music was an integral part of the show and five songs were included in every episode; the musical variety ranged over a number of different genres released from the 1960s onward. While these numbers were performed onstage in the context of a concert at The P*lace, they were occasionally used to illustrate a character's internal monologue or conflict; the vocal responsibilities were shared by all five singers. Each episode consisted of one original number and five recorded songs by recognized artists. Artists and songs ranged from the 1950s to the 1990s; the original songs were written by the hired composers of the show. Depending on the year those composers were Michael Cruz, Andrew R. Powell, Craig Sharmat, others.
Due to the age of both the performers and the target demographic, lyrics with objectionable content were edited out of the songs and replaced with more appropriate language such as "Jump Around" by House of Pain and "Hip Hop Hooray" by Naughty by Nature. However songs were performed as written objectionable lyrics intact. Examples of uncensored songs that were presented on the series include "Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol, "Seven Wonders" by Fleetwood Mac, "Prove Your Love" by Taylor Dayne (although this
Get a Life (TV series)
Get a Life is a television sitcom, broadcast in the United States on the Fox Network from September 23, 1990, to March 8, 1992. The show stars Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old paperboy named Chris Peterson. Peterson lived in an apartment above his parents' garage; the opening credits depict Chris Peterson delivering newspapers on his bike to the show's theme song, "Stand" by R. E. M; the show was a creation of Elliott, Adam Resnick, writer/director David Mirkin. Mirkin was executive producer/showrunner of the series and directed most of the episodes. Notable writers of the series included screenwriter of Being John Malkovich; the show was unconventional for a prime time sitcom, many times the storylines of the episodes were surreal. For example, Elliott's character dies in twelve episodes; the causes of death included being crushed by a giant boulder, old age, stab wounds, gunshot wounds, falling from an airplane, getting run over by cars, choking on cereal, exploding. For this reason, it was a struggle for Mirkin to get the show on the air.
Many of the executives at the Fox Network hated the show and thought it was too disturbing and found Elliott's character to be too unlikeable and insane. After only two VHS/DVD volumes were released, Chris Elliott confirmed that Shout! Factory would be releasing the complete series of the show on September 18, 2012 – the first time all of the show's episodes were made commercially available. Chris Peterson is a childlike bachelor who refuses to live the life of an adult. At the age of 30, Chris still lives with his parents and maintains a career delivering the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he has no driver's license. He is depicted as being childish, gullible, foolish irresponsible, dimwitted, his lack of intelligence is exaggerated to absurd levels: at one point, he tries to leave his parents' house but is unable to operate the front door. He fell out of an airplane after opening the plane's airlock, believing that the "EXIT" sign was a restroom. Chris' parents are a vapid middle-aged retired couple who are always seen in their pajamas and robes.
They are shown doing something abnormal like polishing handguns, or trying to shoot the deer that ate the flowerbulbs out of their garden. Gladys is a smiling, caring mother who doted over Chris, though makes cynical, passive-aggressive comments about him and his lifestyle. Fred is a much more blunt, wise-cracking old man, exasperated by his son, seems to have a reckless disregard for Chris' well-being. In the early episodes, Chris wanted little more than to spend his days reliving his childhood with his father and his best friend, Larry. Larry was Chris' friend since childhood, but unlike Chris, Larry has since "grown up", owns a house, works a dead-end job as an accountant, has two children and a wife, Sharon. Sharon is an overbearing housewife who does not want her husband associating with Chris, preferring instead that he make friends with more sophisticated socialites that better befits their image. Sharon despises Chris, Chris takes any opportunity to irritate her. Larry is envious of Chris' carefree lifestyle, is coerced by Chris into joining him in his adventures, despite his wife's wishes.
To Chris' dismay, Larry heeds his advice and leaves his wife and children at the beginning of the second season. This leaves Sharon traumatized, she becomes more and more obsessed with killing Chris in revenge. In a defiant nod to Fox Network demands that his character "be more independent", Chris Peterson was moved out of his parents' house at the beginning of the second season, much to his parents' amazement and joy, into the garage of ex-cop Gus Borden, played by Brian Doyle-Murray, fired from the police force for urinating on his boss, he is a gruff, demeaning sociopath with minimal tolerance for Chris' antics, which Chris seems to be oblivious to, while looking up to Gus as a sort of paternal figure. For that reason, Gus serves as Chris' comic foil throughout the second season. One of the more controversial episodes featured a character named Spewey the Alien, an extraterrestrial who secretes mucus from under his scales and projectile vomits when he becomes overwrought. At the end of the episode and Gus barbecued and ate Spewey, although the creature was resurrected inside their refrigerator.
In the DVD commentary for the series by David Mirkin, he discusses the development of the Chris Peterson character and the series in great detail. Mirkin states that the Chris Peterson character was somewhat based on Dennis the Menace, i.e. "What would Dennis The Menace have been like when he was 30 years old?" In the pilot, "Terror on the Hell Loop 2000", Chris Peterson was a functioning, wisecracking adult, beating the system. However, as the series went on, he became a more psychotic, character. According to Mirkin, the main character was made more likeable in the pilot to get the network to agree to order the