History Series / NewsRadio

8th Jun '17 5:49:45 AM jormis29
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An octopus-black satire and WorkCom airing on Creator/{{NBC}} from 199599, set at a New York news-talk radio station and starring Dave Foley as news director and OnlySaneMan Dave Nelson, whose co-workers included SmallNameBigEgo anchorman Bill [=McNeil=] (Phil Hartman), [[TheDitz inept roving reporter]] Matthew Brock (Andy Dick), SassySecretary Beth (Vicki Lewis), EccentricMillionaire station-owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root), ConspiracyTheorist electrician and HomemadeInventions producer Joe Garelli (Creator/JoeRogan), neurotic overachiever Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney), and, for the first three seasons, SassyBlackWoman Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander, who left for a bigger role on ''Series/{{ER}}''; Tierney joined her after ''[=NewsRadio=]'' was axed).

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An octopus-black satire and WorkCom airing on Creator/{{NBC}} from 199599, set at a New York news-talk radio station and starring Dave Foley as news director and OnlySaneMan Dave Nelson, whose co-workers included SmallNameBigEgo anchorman Bill [=McNeil=] (Phil Hartman), (Creator/PhilHartman), [[TheDitz inept roving reporter]] Matthew Brock (Andy Dick), (Creator/AndyDick), SassySecretary Beth (Vicki Lewis), EccentricMillionaire station-owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root), ConspiracyTheorist electrician and HomemadeInventions producer Joe Garelli (Creator/JoeRogan), neurotic overachiever Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney), and, for the first three seasons, SassyBlackWoman Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander, who left for a bigger role on ''Series/{{ER}}''; Tierney joined her after ''[=NewsRadio=]'' was axed).



After Hartman's death, Jon Lovitz signed on as a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.

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After Hartman's death, Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz signed on as a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.



* AscendedExtra: Jon Lovitz played two one-off characters before taking on a full time role as Max Louis. {{Lampshaded}} in that he eventually reveals that "Max Louis" isn't his real name and he takes on a new name/persona each time he changes jobs, suggesting that all three characters may be one and the same.

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* AscendedExtra: Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz played two one-off characters before taking on a full time role as Max Louis. {{Lampshaded}} in that he eventually reveals that "Max Louis" isn't his real name and he takes on a new name/persona each time he changes jobs, suggesting that all three characters may be one and the same.



* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Jon Lovitz played three separate characters during the show - Fred (no last name given), Mike Johnson, and Max Louis. The first two were one-off extras, only present for a single episode each (the former was an air traffic controller who occasionally fakes insanity to get a free vacation in the local mental hospital, the latter a suicidal ex-employee of Jimmy James), while the latter served as Bill [=McNeal's=] replacement following Phil Hartman's death. {{Lampshaded}}, and possibly subverted, when Max reveals that "Max Louis" [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname isn't actually his real name.]] His true name is never revealed, but he explains that he takes on a new name and persona whenever he changes jobs, suggesting that all three characters might actually be the same in-universe person.

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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz played three separate characters during the show - Fred (no last name given), Mike Johnson, and Max Louis. The first two were one-off extras, only present for a single episode each (the former was an air traffic controller who occasionally fakes insanity to get a free vacation in the local mental hospital, the latter a suicidal ex-employee of Jimmy James), while the latter served as Bill [=McNeal's=] replacement following Phil Hartman's death. {{Lampshaded}}, and possibly subverted, when Max reveals that "Max Louis" [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname isn't actually his real name.]] His true name is never revealed, but he explains that he takes on a new name and persona whenever he changes jobs, suggesting that all three characters might actually be the same in-universe person.



* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: In "Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show", Dave's knife-throwing nemesis Throwdini is played by Dave Foley's former ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' colleague Kevin [=McDonald=]. And in "Goofy Ball", Bill's stalker is played by Phil Hartman's former ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' colleague Dennis Miller. Hartman was replaced by Jon Lovitz who was another former SNL acquaintace and who had interacted with Hartman playing guest spots on early shows of the series.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: In "Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show", Dave's knife-throwing nemesis Throwdini is played by Dave Foley's former ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' colleague Kevin [=McDonald=]. And in "Goofy Ball", Bill's stalker is played by Phil Hartman's former ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' colleague Dennis Miller. Hartman was replaced by Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz who was another former SNL acquaintace and who had interacted with Hartman playing guest spots on early shows of the series.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Max Louis. Turns out "Max Louis" is just a pseudonym, since "Max" changes names and personas every time he takes a new job. Possibly meant to {{Lampshade}} two other characters that Jon Lovitz had played on the show up to Max's introduction.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Max Louis. Turns out "Max Louis" is just a pseudonym, since "Max" changes names and personas every time he takes a new job. Possibly meant to {{Lampshade}} two other characters that Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz had played on the show up to Max's introduction.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Max Louis for Bill [=McNeal=]. To be fair, Jon Lovitz agreed to join the cast because he had been very close with Phil Hartman dating back into the early 80s and he wanted to pay tribute to his friend.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Max Louis for Bill [=McNeal=]. To be fair, Jon Lovitz Creator/JonLovitz agreed to join the cast because he had been very close with Phil Hartman Creator/PhilHartman dating back into the early 80s and he wanted to pay tribute to his friend.
8th May '17 7:57:15 AM tromag
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'''Lisa:''' A document...

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'''Lisa:''' -->'''Lisa:''' A document...
8th May '17 7:56:33 AM tromag
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* BenevolentBoss: Jimmy is a friendly and lovable guy who genuinely cares for his staff. He also has a zealous belief in business principles and corporate success. These aspects of his personality clash more than once.


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* FlatWhat: Jimmy's reaction when someone expresses their distaste for advertising, followed by a very emotional rant about the glories of advertising.
-->'''Jimmy James:''' Let me tell you something little miss. Advertising pays our bills, all right? Advertising pays your salary. Advertising is what made this country great!
-->'''Lisa:''' Well, ok, maybe I misspoke...
-->'''Jimmy James:''' What was the Constitution of the United States?
'''Lisa:''' A document...
-->'''Jimmy James:''' No! It is an advertisement! An advertisement for liberty! "When in the course of human events..." I'm telling ya, that's right up there with "Put a tiger in your tank," and "Where's the beef?"


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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Played with. Jimmy's already a billionaire, but lives by a zealous code of capitalism and business success that requires him to come out on top of any business transaction. He obsesses over losing twenty bucks in a came of three card monty just as much as losing millions in a corporate acquisition. He doesn't seem to care that much about money for its own sake, but is driven to succeed on principle.
21st Mar '17 3:22:37 PM themisterfree
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An octopus-black satire and WorkCom airing on Creator/{{NBC}} from 199599, set at a New York news-talk radio station and starring Dave Foley as news director and OnlySaneMan Dave Nelson, whose co-workers included SmallNameBigEgo anchorman Bill [=McNeil=] (Phil Hartman), [[TheDitz inept roving reporter]] Matthew Brock (Andy Dick), SassySecretary Beth (Vicki Lewis), EccentricMillionaire station-owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root), ConspiracyTheorist electrician and HomemadeInventions producer Joe Garelli (Joe Rogan), neurotic overachiever Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney), and, for the first three seasons, SassyBlackWoman Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander, who left for a bigger role on ''Series/{{ER}}''; Tierney joined her after ''[=NewsRadio=]'' was axed).

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An octopus-black satire and WorkCom airing on Creator/{{NBC}} from 199599, set at a New York news-talk radio station and starring Dave Foley as news director and OnlySaneMan Dave Nelson, whose co-workers included SmallNameBigEgo anchorman Bill [=McNeil=] (Phil Hartman), [[TheDitz inept roving reporter]] Matthew Brock (Andy Dick), SassySecretary Beth (Vicki Lewis), EccentricMillionaire station-owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root), ConspiracyTheorist electrician and HomemadeInventions producer Joe Garelli (Joe Rogan), (Creator/JoeRogan), neurotic overachiever Lisa Miller (Maura Tierney), and, for the first three seasons, SassyBlackWoman Catherine Duke (Khandi Alexander, who left for a bigger role on ''Series/{{ER}}''; Tierney joined her after ''[=NewsRadio=]'' was axed).
16th Mar '17 6:42:59 AM morenohijazo
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* NewYorkIsOnlyManhattan: Invoked when Bill gives an editorial.
-->'''Bill:''' Wake up, Manhattan! Wake up, Brooklyn! Wake up... the other three boroughs!
11th Feb '17 5:47:49 AM CallingAlameda
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* TheAllegedBoss: Type 2. Station owner Jimmy James. While he occasionally comes down for serious business, most of the time he just hangs around and shoots the breeze.

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* TheAllegedBoss: Type 2. TheAllegedBoss:
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Station owner Jimmy James. James is a type 2. While he occasionally comes down for serious business, most of the time he just hangs around and shoots the breeze.breeze.
** Dave, the news director, is a type 3. Try as he might, he just can't seem to rein in his subordinates, even when they're actively flouting the rules or simply ignoring what they're supposed to be doing.
10th Feb '17 4:54:13 PM crazysamaritan
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference:
-->'''Dave''': Okay, listen up everyone. This door is to be kept closed at all times, all right? We have a security system for a good reason and I don't want people circumventing it.
-->'''Beth''': Dave, we're not circumventing it, we're just trying to get around it.



* NoExceptYes:
-->'''Dave''': Okay, listen up everyone. This door is to be kept closed at all times, all right? We have a security system for a good reason and I don't want people circumventing it.
-->'''Beth''': Dave, we're not circumventing it, we're just trying to get around it.
5th Dec '16 9:26:18 AM mlsmithca
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* JustOneMoreLevel: Dave retakes his [=SATs=] on a dare from Lisa, but unintentionally stays up all night before the exam playing an arcade game that was recently installed on the building (an old favourite, no less). When the results come in, he reveals he did the same thing when he originally took the tests.



* JustOneMoreLevel: Dave retakes his [=SATs=] on a dare from Lisa, but unintentionally stays up all night before the exam playing an arcade game that was recently installed on the building (an old favourite, no less). When the results come in, he reveals he did the same thing when he originally took the tests.
4th Dec '16 9:51:51 PM mlsmithca
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* GratuitousEnglish: Mr. James' book [[spoiler:Macho Business Donkey Wrestler]]



* HomemadeInventions: Joe's forte. In fact it's implied that Joe doesn't use ANYTHING he didn't just make in his garage. This often times applies to the individual parts as well, although he has cobbled together several frankenstein inventions.

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* HomemadeInventions: Joe's forte. In fact it's implied that Joe doesn't use ANYTHING he didn't just make in his garage. This often times applies to the individual parts as well, although he has cobbled together several frankenstein Frankenstein inventions.



* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: In "Super Karate Monkey Death Car", Jimmy has taken the fact that his autobiography, ''Jimmy James: Capitalist Lion Tamer'', is selling better in Japan than in the USA as a cue to have the Japanese edition [[RecursiveTranslation translated back into English]]. The results have... lost something in translation, starting with the new title, ''Jimmy James: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler''.
-->''[at a reading Jimmy is giving at a bookstore, where he is seeing the new edition of the book for the first time]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' ''[opens book to a bookmarked page and begins reading]'' "I had a small house of brokerage on Wall Street. Many days, no business comes to my hut. ''[confused]'' My... hut. But... Jimmy has fear? A thousand times no! I never doubted myself for a minute, for I knew that my... ''[even more confused]'' monkey strong bowels were... girded with strength, like the... loins of a dragon ribboned with fat and the opulence of buffalo... ''[turns page]'' dung."\\
''[later; the audience has dwindled to less than half its size, while Jimmy's face, tone of voice, and body language suggest he wants the ground to open up and swallow him]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' "Glorious sunset of my heart was fading. Soon, the... super karate monkey death car would... ''[Dave sighs]'' park in my space. ''[vainly attempts to sound energetic]'' But Jimmy has fancy plans!... And pants to match. ''[more audience members get up and leave]'' The monkey clown horrible karate... round and yummy, like a cute small baby chick, would... meet the donkey."



* RecursiveTranslation: Mr. James' biography sold so well in Japan, he had it translated ''back'' into English ''from'' the Japanese. As a result "Jimmy James, Capitalist Lion Tamer" became "Jimmy James, Macho Business Donkey Wrestler":
-->'''Jimmy:''' I had a small house of brokerage on Wall Street... many days no business come to my hut... but Jimmy has fear? A thousand times no! I never doubted myself for a minute for I knew that my monkey strong bowels were girded with strength like the loins of a dragon ribboned with fat and the opulence of buffalo... ''(turns page)'' dung....
--->''(later)''
-->...Glorious sunset of my heart was fading. Soon the super karate monkey death car would park in my space. But Jimmy has fancy plans... and pants to match. The monkey clown horrible karate round and yummy like cute small baby chick would beat the donkey.

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* RecursiveTranslation: Mr. James' biography sold so well in Japan, he had it translated ''back'' into English ''from'' In "Super Karate Monkey Death Car", Jimmy has taken the Japanese. As a result "Jimmy James, fact that his autobiography, ''Jimmy James: Capitalist Lion Tamer" became "Jimmy James, Tamer'', is selling better in Japan than in the USA as a cue to have the Japanese edition translated back into English. The results have... lost something in translation, starting with the new title, ''[[IntentionalEngrishForFunny Jimmy James: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler":
-->'''Jimmy:''' I
Wrestler]]''.
-->''[at a reading Jimmy is giving at a bookstore, where he is seeing the new edition of the book for the first time]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' ''[opens book to a bookmarked page and begins reading]'' "I
had a small house of brokerage on Wall Street... many days Street. Many days, no business come comes to my hut... but hut. ''[confused]'' My... hut. But... Jimmy has fear? A thousand times no! I never doubted myself for a minute minute, for I knew that my my... ''[even more confused]'' monkey strong bowels were were... girded with strength strength, like the the... loins of a dragon ribboned with fat and the opulence of buffalo... ''(turns page)'' dung....
--->''(later)''
-->...Glorious
''[turns page]'' dung."\\
''[later; the audience has dwindled to less than half its size, while Jimmy's face, tone of voice, and body language suggest he wants the ground to open up and swallow him]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' "Glorious
sunset of my heart was fading. Soon the Soon, the... super karate monkey death car would would... ''[Dave sighs]'' park in my space. ''[vainly attempts to sound energetic]'' But Jimmy has fancy plans... and plans!... And pants to match. ''[more audience members get up and leave]'' The monkey clown horrible karate karate... round and yummy yummy, like a cute small baby chick would beat chick, would... meet the donkey."
4th Dec '16 9:48:05 PM mlsmithca
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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Jon Lovitz played three separate characters during the show - Fred (no last name given), Mike Johnson, and Max Louis. The first two were one-off extras, only present for a single episode each (the former was an air traffic controller who occasionally fakes insanity to get a free vacation in the local mental hospital, the latter a suicidal ex-employee of Jimmy James), while the latter served as Bill [=McNeal's=] replacement following Phil Hartman's death.
** {{Lampshaded}}, and possibly subverted, when Max reveals that "Max Louis" [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname isn't actually his real name.]] His true name is never revealed, but he explains that he takes on a new name and persona whenever he changes jobs, suggesting that all three characters might actually be the same in-universe person.

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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Jon Lovitz played three separate characters during the show - Fred (no last name given), Mike Johnson, and Max Louis. The first two were one-off extras, only present for a single episode each (the former was an air traffic controller who occasionally fakes insanity to get a free vacation in the local mental hospital, the latter a suicidal ex-employee of Jimmy James), while the latter served as Bill [=McNeal's=] replacement following Phil Hartman's death.
**
death. {{Lampshaded}}, and possibly subverted, when Max reveals that "Max Louis" [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname isn't actually his real name.]] His true name is never revealed, but he explains that he takes on a new name and persona whenever he changes jobs, suggesting that all three characters might actually be the same in-universe person.


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* IntentionalEngrishForFunny: In "Super Karate Monkey Death Car", Jimmy has taken the fact that his autobiography, ''Jimmy James: Capitalist Lion Tamer'', is selling better in Japan than in the USA as a cue to have the Japanese edition [[RecursiveTranslation translated back into English]]. The results have... lost something in translation, starting with the new title, ''Jimmy James: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler''.
-->''[at a reading Jimmy is giving at a bookstore, where he is seeing the new edition of the book for the first time]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' ''[opens book to a bookmarked page and begins reading]'' "I had a small house of brokerage on Wall Street. Many days, no business comes to my hut. ''[confused]'' My... hut. But... Jimmy has fear? A thousand times no! I never doubted myself for a minute, for I knew that my... ''[even more confused]'' monkey strong bowels were... girded with strength, like the... loins of a dragon ribboned with fat and the opulence of buffalo... ''[turns page]'' dung."\\
''[later; the audience has dwindled to less than half its size, while Jimmy's face, tone of voice, and body language suggest he wants the ground to open up and swallow him]''\\
'''Jimmy:''' "Glorious sunset of my heart was fading. Soon, the... super karate monkey death car would... ''[Dave sighs]'' park in my space. ''[vainly attempts to sound energetic]'' But Jimmy has fancy plans!... And pants to match. ''[more audience members get up and leave]'' The monkey clown horrible karate... round and yummy, like a cute small baby chick, would... meet the donkey."
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