Category: Newsradio

  • Newsradio Promos
    Newsradio Promos

    Here are some promos for Newsradio, as aired on NBC in the late 1990s. It gives you an idea of how often shows were being moved around their Must See TV schedule at that time – they even wrote a jingle for it all.

  • Comedy Is … Must See TV
    Comedy Is … Must See TV

    Is it possible for a sitcom to have a personality? Newsradio wasn’t given the most auspicious of starts. Although it was commissioned on the spot, two scenes into the pilot recording, by network boss Warren Littlefield, it only had a seven episode first season commitment. And things went downhill from there. But when I first…

  • Phil Hartman’s Hiyo
    Phil Hartman’s Hiyo

    Here’s a really fun interview with Phil Hartman, from a 1996 episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. His Ed McMahon impression includes the catchphrase ‘Hiyo’, which is clearly the inspiration for Hank Kingsley’s ‘hey now’ from The Larry Sanders Show. In fact, in this moment between he and Larry, I love that when he…

  • Writing Lessons To Be Learned From The Wrong Guy
    Writing Lessons To Be Learned From The Wrong Guy

    Last night I watched the Dave Foley film The Wrong Guy, which is well worth your time. I want to talk in particular about this scene though. This made me piss giggles, and it’s a great lesson for writers, and writers of comedy. First, it’s always more interesting when minor characters provide an obstacle, and…

  • The Newsradio Title Sequence
    The Newsradio Title Sequence

    I’m always interested in title sequences, which is why the Skip Intro button on Netflix really irks me. They play an important part in setting the tone of the show, and are placed for maximum impact. A good title sequence, done properly, will define a show indelibly. I like the title sequence for Newsradio for…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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