Tuesday, May 24, 2005
The commentary tracks on the new NewsRadio DVD set -- and there are twenty of them, out of twenty-nine episodes -- are really good. Commentaries on TV shows usually consist of people recapping the plot as they watch it, laughing at the jokes, or just silently watching. Paul Simms, who created the show and organized the commentaries, has clearly done his best to avoid that, and the commentaries I've listened to have very few longeurs and a lot of really interesting information. Plus he got the whole cast (except for the late Phil Hartman) and the whole writing staff (except for the late Drake Sather) to participate. Good stuff for one of the best sitcoms of its era (and one of the last good NBC sitcoms of its era).