Newsradio - The Complete Fifth Season

Overview

The murder of NewsRadio regular Phil Hartman just after filming wrapped on the season's fourth season not only enveloped the rest of the cast in grief and sorrow, but also nearly prompted NBC to cancel the show. Reportedly, the producer kept the series afloat by relinquishing a financial piece of the property to the network--but even this move did not prevent the series' fifth season from being its last. The opening episode acknowledges the loss of Hartman with an unforgettable storyline deftly blending tears ...
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Overview

The murder of NewsRadio regular Phil Hartman just after filming wrapped on the season's fourth season not only enveloped the rest of the cast in grief and sorrow, but also nearly prompted NBC to cancel the show. Reportedly, the producer kept the series afloat by relinquishing a financial piece of the property to the network--but even this move did not prevent the series' fifth season from being its last. The opening episode acknowledges the loss of Hartman with an unforgettable storyline deftly blending tears with bellylaughs, as the staff of radio station WNYX reacts to the fatal heart attack that claimed the life of vainglorious news anchor Bill McNeal. Well, most of the staff, anyway: Nerdish reporter Matthew (Andy Dick) is still laboring under the misapprehension that Bill has merely relocated to Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter, Jon Lovitz joins the cast as Bill's replacement Max Lewis, a neurotic "radio gypsy" who has lost 37 jobs in the last 20 years. However, no power on earth seems capable of removing Max from the anchor desk at WNYX--not even the resentful Matthew, who cooks up a bizarre scheme to get Max canned. Other than the opener, this season is remembered for a wacked-out three-part story arc, in which WNYX owner Jimmy James (Stephen Root) is arrested on the suspicion that he is actually notorious federal fugitive D.B. Cooper. This turn of events forces news director Dave Nelson (Dave Foley) to fend off the machinations of Jimmy's evil replacement Johnny Johnson, played by the ubiquitous Patrick Warburton)--at least until Jimmy is saved by the eleventh-hour intervention of Adam West (It makes sense when you see it!) The series ends with a 2-parter, built around the staff's efforts to prevent Jimmy from retiring (as if anyone could blame him after the D.B. Cooper debacle).
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Special Features

Season five gag reel; Deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • UPC: 043396180024
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 8:02:00
  • Format: DVD

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Disc #1 -- NewsRadio: The Complete Fifth Season
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Bill Moves On
      Meet the Max Louis
      Lucky Burger
      Noise
      Flowers for Matthew
      Jaili
      The Lam
      Clash of the Titans
   Subtitles
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Commentaries
      For "Lucky Burger" With Executive Producer/Creator Paul Simms, Actor Stephen Root, Writer Josh Lieb and Script Supervisor Robert Spina On / Off
      For "Flowers for Matthew" With Executive Producer/Creator Paul Simms, Actor Stephen Root, Writer Josh Lief and Script Supervisor Robert Spina On / Off
Disc #2 -- NewsRadio: The Complete Fifth Season
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Boston
      Spooky Rapping Crypt
      Stinkbutt
      Apartment
      Towers
      Hair
      Assistant
      Wino
   Subtitles
      Portugues/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Commentaries
      For "Spooky Rapping Crypt" With Executive Producer/Creator Paul Simms, Actor Stephen Root, Post Produciton Coordinator Todd "Spider" Chambers, Writer Josh Lieb and Script Supervisor Robert Spina On / Off
      For "Stinkbutt" With Executive Producer/Creator Pual Simms, Actor Andy Dick and Script Supervisor Robert Spina On / Off
      For "Towers" With Executive Producer/Creator Paul Simms, Actor Andy Dick and Script Supervisor Robert Spina On / Off
Disc #3 -- NewsRadio: The Complete Fifth Season
   Play All Episodes
   Episode Selections
      Wedding
      Play
      Padded Suit
      Freaky Friday
      Retirement
      New Hampshire
   Subtitles
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Fifth Season Gag Reel
      Fifth Season One Man NewsRadio
      "The Lost Episode" One Man NewsRadio With Optional Commentray On / Off
      Commentaries
         For "Wedding" With Executive Producer/Creator Paul Simms, Actors Andy Dick and Stephen Root and Writers Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil On / Off
         For "Padded Suit" With Executive Producer/Creator Paul Simms and Actor Andy Dick On / Off
         For "Freaky Friday" With Exeuctive Producer/Creator Paul Simms, Actor Stephen Root, Post Production Coordinator Todd "Spider" Chambers and Writers Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil On / Off
         For "New Hampshire" With Executive Producer/Creator Paul Simms, Actor Stephen Root, Writer Sam Johnson and Script Supervisor Robert Spina On / Off
      Previews
         Seinfeld Season 7
         Dynamic Duos (TV)
         The King of Queens
   Previews
      Seinfeld Season 7
      Dynamic Duos (TV)
      The King of Queens
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