by Adrian Foo
Contributing Writer: Jennifer
Graphic, Layout and Web Design: Sebastian Alvarez
The first two seasons of NewsRadio are now available on DVD!
Buy it from Amazon.com, Amazon.ca (for the Canadians), or your favourite DVD retailer near you. The better it sells, the more likely the rest of the seasons will see a prompt release. Paul Simms (the show's creator) offers these remarks on the discs:
"I'm sure most of the following info is probably already available somewhere on the Internet, but here's what the DVD will contain:
1) The first 29 episodes. Which means: the pilot, the six episodes of Season One, and the 22 episodes of Season Two.
2) Tons of extra Audio Commentary stuff. Of the 29 episodes on the DVD, 20 of them have Audio Commentary. (Which is great, considering that originally, it seemed like we were only going to be able to do Commentary on six episodes.)
Just about everyone involved participated in the Commentary
- The entire cast (except, of course, for Phil): Dave Foley, Maura Tierney, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Khandi Alexander, Vicki Lewis, and Joe Rogan.
- Almost all of the writers (except, of course, for Drake): Me, Josh Lieb, Joe Furey, Brad Isaacs, Lew Morton, Brian Kelley.
- Also: director Tom Cherones, producer Kent Zbornak, producer Julie Bean, executive producer Brad Grey and -- believe it or not -- former NBC President Warren Littlefield.
Each Audio Commentary features three (and a few times, four) people all together -- with me acting as question-asker and otherwise doing my best to get people talking as much as possible. (Because I've seen too many DVDs with audio commentary where the participants just sit there and watch the shows and periodically mumble, 'Oh yeah... I remember when we shot this... I had a toothache that day.')
I think the Commentaries turned out great: lots of juicy, gossipy personal revelations -- many of which I didn't know about until the Commentary sessions. Like: who had crushes (or more) on whom, who was mad at whom and why, me and Littlefield revisiting our scheduling arguments, and so on.
One of the things I think the hardcore fans will enjoy most is hearing the cast members (many of whom hadn't seen each other in a while) talking to each other -- and in many cases, falling right back into the chemistry they had all those years ago. Joe Rogan, lovingly antagonizing Andy Dick, is one highlight I remember from the sessions: their interplay sounded as much like 'Joe Garelli vs. Matthew Brock' as it did 'Joe Rogan vs. Andy Dick.'
3) Also, there's the Blooper Reel we put together and showed at the wrap party, and (I think) some kind of mini-documentary put together from the Electronic Press Kit footage we did back then."