This sitcom on NBC stars Al Franken as Al Freundlich, a vain reporter for the fictional news program "Lateline." Robert Foxworth stars as Pearce McKenzie, the anchor of "Lateline." Vic Karp... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Al Franken ...  Al Freundlich 23 episodes, 1998-1999
Megyn Price ...  Gale Ingersoll 17 episodes, 1998-1999
Miguel Ferrer ...  Vic Karp 17 episodes, 1998-1999
Ajay Naidu ...  Raji Bakshi 17 episodes, 1998-1999
Sanaa Lathan ...  Briana Gilliam 17 episodes, 1998-1999
Catherine Lloyd Burns ...  Mona Guillingsvard 17 episodes, 1998-1999
Robert Foxworth ...  Pearce McKenzie 17 episodes, 1998-1999


This sitcom on NBC stars Al Franken as Al Freundlich, a vain reporter for the fictional news program "Lateline." Robert Foxworth stars as Pearce McKenzie, the anchor of "Lateline." Vic Karp is the show's executive producer. This spoof of "Nightline" showcases numerous real life politicians, and real Washington bigwigs. Written by Eric <>

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17 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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(19 episodes)

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Vic Karp's mother is played by Miguel Ferrer's real-life mother Rosemary Clooney. See more »


Gale Ingersoll: [they enter the studio, and stand next to the desk Pierce sits in. Andy is, for some reason, clad only in a bathrobe] Pierce should be on his way, but um... In the meantime you guys maybe could rehearse for the cameras?
Conan O'Brien: Yeah, uh, Andy, maybe you should rehearse naked, so the lighting guys can prepare for your glare?
Andy Richter: Okay.
[takes off his bathrobe, revealing that he is wearing very little]
Andy Richter: [explaining to a surprised Gale] Oh, see, the network won't let me work totally naked any more, so I wear a ...
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A spectacularly funny sit-com
11 March 2005 | by chrisb-31See all my reviews

Being Canadian, we appreciate satire. My spouse and I think it was one of the best satires of TV news shows since Max Headroom. We watched all the episodes over a few days on DVD and we constantly found ourselves laughing out loud at the crazy situations and lines. The show had just the right level of restraint and a stellar cast. We loved all the actors, but especially Megan Price, the Associate Producer. We were constantly amazed and delighted by the appearance of so many different special guests playing themselves. The comic timing was ideal for us and the humour really suited our "auslander" sensibilities.

There is a reason Canada sends so many comedy writers and actors to the States and that is because we can see our American friends in a slightly different light than they see themselves and we can appreciate them for their attitudes and motives. We are alike but not....and we just loved Lateline.

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