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Critically acclaimed Short Runner (1998-9) NBC Sitcom, co-created by and starring (future Senator) Al Franken, about the quirky characters who work on a Nightline-type news show. A little like Sports Night, substituting neuroses for articulateness.

Not to be confused with The ABC's late-night news program.


This show provides examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Some of the celebrity cameos, like arch-conservative talk radio host G. Gordon Liddy.
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  • The Cameo: Many political and media figures made appearances on the show.
  • The Chew Toy: The Weekend Update Running Gag of Al having bad things happen to him on reporting assignments gets carried over to this show
  • The Danza - Sen. Al Franken as Al Freundlich.
  • Expy: Dana Carvey appeared twice as Senator Crowl Pickens, an expy of the late Senator Strom Thurmond.
  • Failure Knight - The Ted Baxter-ish newsanchor and his assistant Mona.
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