Time-Traveling TV producer recasts NewsRadio

A time-traveling television producer, determined to right a past television wrong, journeyed to the NBC studios during the summer of 1998. Phil Hartman had just passed away, leaving NBC in need of a replacement for his legendary NewsRadio character Bill McNeal.  The reverse-thinking TV exec, equipped with massive hindsight, persuaded NBC not to panic and recast NewsRadio with some lame Jon Lovitz character. But, rather, gamble on a talented young improv comedian who was making some waves at Comedy Central. The funny phenom would be able to carry the series with his unique brand of quirky self-centered but charming humor. NBC accepted the time traveler’s advice and NewsRadio aired for six more seasons on its way to television hall of fame.

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