LateLine

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LateLine
LateLine DVD boxart.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
ComposerMat Morse
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19 (7 unaired)
Production
Executive producers
  • Al Franken
  • John Markus
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original network
Original releaseMarch 17, 1998 (1998-03-17) –
March 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)

LateLine is an American sitcom television series that premiered on NBC on March 17, 1998. The series concluded on March 16, 1999, with seven episodes left unaired due to an abrupt cancellation. Three of the unaired episodes were telecast by the Showtime cable network in December 1999.

Created by John Markus and Al Franken (the latter of whom co-starred in the series), LateLine depicted the behind-the-scenes goings-on of a fictitious late-night television news broadcast, patterned in part after the long-running ABC program Nightline. Many plotlines in the series were satirical, dealing with topics like Deep Throat and the Watergate break-in, and the episodes often had cameos by famous politicians.

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1: 1998[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
11"Pilot"Andy AckermanAl Franken & John MarkusMarch 17, 1998 (1998-03-17)
22"Al Anonymous"TBATBAMarch 24, 1998 (1998-03-24)
33"Gale Gets a Life"TBATBAMarch 31, 1998 (1998-03-31)
44"Buddy Hackett"Andy AckermanStory by : Steve Lookner
Teleplay by : Al Franken & John Markus & Earl Pomerantz
April 7, 1998 (1998-04-07)
55"Pearce's New Best Friend"Ken LevineAl Franken & John Markus & Earl PomerantzApril 14, 1998 (1998-04-14)
66"Lawyer, Lawyer"TBATBAApril 21, 1998 (1998-04-21)

Season 2: 1999[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
71"Pearce on Conan"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1999 (1999-01-06)
82"Protecting the Source"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1999 (1999-01-13)
93"The Minister of Television"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1999 (1999-01-14)
104"Kids 'N' Guns"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1999 (1999-01-20)
115"Svadharma"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1999 (1999-01-27)
126"Karp's Night Out"TBATBAMarch 16, 1999 (1999-03-16)
137"The Christian Guy"TBATBA*
148"Mona Moves Up"TBATBA*
159"Error Apparent"TBATBA*
1610"Requiem for a Horse"TBATBA*
1711"The Negotiator"TBATBA*
1812"Eine Kleine Office Problem"TBATBA*
1913"The Seventh Plague"TBATBA*

* Not aired on NBC

Home media[edit]

On August 17, 2004, Paramount released a DVD set containing all nineteen episodes on three discs.

External links[edit]