History Series / Newsradio

1st Oct '17 2:27:02 PM CallingAlameda
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* HalloweenEpisode: Wherein Bill fall's in love with an elderly, elderly woman who [[spoiler:turns out to be a [[SuspensionOfDisbelief hot young woman in costume]]]].

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* HalloweenEpisode: Wherein Bill fall's falls in love with an elderly, elderly woman who [[spoiler:turns out to be a [[SuspensionOfDisbelief hot young woman in costume]]]].
1st Oct '17 11:03:29 AM Unsung
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* AshFace: One time, Bill tries to escape down the stairwell when fire breaks out in the building, but the stairwell is full of smoke and he comes back covered in soot. Dave then makes a quip referencing ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' ("I think talking pictures will destroy Hollywood").

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* AshFace: One time, Bill tries to escape down the stairwell when fire breaks out in the building, but the stairwell is full of smoke and he comes back covered in soot. Dave then makes has a blackface quip referencing ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' ("I ready:
-->'''Dave:''' [[Film/TheJazzSinger I
think talking pictures will destroy Hollywood").are gonna ruin Hollywood!]]
1st Oct '17 10:22:30 AM nombretomado
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* AshFace: One time, Bill tries to escape down the stairwell when fire breaks out in the building, but the stairwell is full of smoke and he comes back covered in soot. Dave then makes a quip referencing ''TheJazzSinger'' ("I think talking pictures will destroy Hollywood").

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* AshFace: One time, Bill tries to escape down the stairwell when fire breaks out in the building, but the stairwell is full of smoke and he comes back covered in soot. Dave then makes a quip referencing ''TheJazzSinger'' ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' ("I think talking pictures will destroy Hollywood").
18th Jul '17 2:32:37 PM thegiggleloop
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* HalloweenEpisode: Wherein Bill fall's in love with an elderly, elderly woman who [[spoiler:turns out to be a [[SuspensionOfDisbelief hot young woman in costume]]]].
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.
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