Live Shot

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Live Shot
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Rysher Entertainment
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkUPN
Original releaseAugust 29, 1995 –
January 9, 1996

Live Shot is an American drama television show starring Jeff Yagher that aired in fall 1995 on UPN. The series starred Jeff Yagher, Cheryl Pollak, Spencer Klein, Eddie Velez, Antonia Jones, Bruce McGill, Wanda De Jesus, Hill Harper, Sam Anderson, Rebecca Staab, and Michael Watson.[1][2] Karen Austin, Debra Eisenstadt, Leigh Hall, Ana Gabriel, Evan Arnold, Yolanda Gaskins, Morgan Hunter, Terry Kiser, Nia Long, Tom Byrd, Marie Marshall, and Chase Masterson were all recurring on the show.[1][2]


The show centered on fictional television station, KXZX, in Los Angeles's Re-Action News. It was an ensemble piece, one of the rare occasions in television where there was no true main character.

Most notable in the show's run was an early use of an ongoing story arc centering on the murder of a Los Angeles socialite. As the show was canceled with little warning, the story arc was never resolved. Also, sports reporter Lou Waller came out of the closet in the last act of the last episode to air. Consequently, the fallout of this event was never shown.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Jeff Yagher as Alex Rydell – The new News Director of KXZX's Re-Action News team. Immediately before joining the team he was working as a news director for a Boston station. Alex's wife decides not to join him in LA, and instead sends their son, Sean, to be with the father alone. One of his problems was dealing both with the stresses of his new job and being a newly single parent. Throughout the show's short run there was a growing attraction between, Alex and one of his producers, Nancy. However the show was canceled before the outcome could be decided.
  • Cheryl Pollak as Nancy Lockridge – The Eleven O'Clock News producer. While she was attracted to Alex, she was also reluctant to begin a relationship with him as he was newly separated and had a son, plus he was her boss. In the final episode that aired it appeared as though Alex's wife might want a reconciliation and Nancy encouraged Alex to give his marriage another try for the sake of his son.
  • Spencer Klein as Sean Rydell – Alex's young son. His mother had chosen not to come to LA and sent him to be with his father alone.
  • David Birney as Harry Chandler "The Beacon of Truth" Moore – The vain, pompous senior news anchor at KXZX. Harry had a love/hate relationship with his co-anchor Sherry Beck. Despite their constant behind the scenes bickering the two of them had an affair.
  • Eddie Velez as Ricardo Sandoval – A 28-year-old study in macho good looks. Ricardo was a "Re-Action News" anchor and reporter who had been known to focus more attention on the creases in his expensive trousers than the story he's been assigned to cover.
  • Antonia Jones as Peggy Traynor – The news traffic controller. From crashing her car with a faulty brake repair job into Helen Forbes' Mercedes Benz to saving the day when a disastrous fight between Tommy Greer and "Fast" Eddie Santini breaks out in the midst of a live broadcast knocking over the camera, Peggy dealt with every issue in the news room with a cheerful disposition and a desire to please.
  • Bruce McGill as Joe Vitale – "Re–Action News" Executive producer.
  • Wanda De Jesus as Liz Vega – Investigative news reporter for "Re–Action News".
  • Hill Harper as Tommy Greer – News reporter for "Re–Action News".
  • Sam Anderson as Marvin Seaborne – News commentor for "Re–Action News".
  • Rebecca Staab as Sherry Beck – The co–anchor of "Re–Action News".
  • Michael Watson as 'Fast' Eddie Santini – News reporter for "Re–Action News".



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Day One"Colin BuckseySteve Marshall & Dan GuntzelmanAugust 29, 1995 (1995-08-29)

The newly hired news director arrives in time to find the investigative news team tracking down the biggest society scandal to break in years.

Guest stars: Otto Coehlo, Laurie O'Brien, and Casey Biggs
2"Another Day, Another Story"Colin BuckseyTBAAugust 29, 1995 (1995-08-29)


Guest stars: Dion Anderson, Otto Coelho, Laurie O'Brien, Molly Orr, John Schuck, and Naya Rivera
3"T.G.I.F."Anson WilliamsSteve Marshall & Dan GuntzelmanSeptember 5, 1995 (1995-09-05)

Alex realizes his marriage is over.

Guest stars: Otto Coehlo, J. W. Myers, Charles Grant, Wendy Braun, Henry Urgoiti. and Zack Eginton
4"A Death in the Family"Anson WilliamsSteve Marshall & Dan GuntzelmanSeptember 12, 1995 (1995-09-12)

The News Brothers continue their side video business.

Guest stars: Darryl Henriques, Peter Elbling, Emile Hamaty, Ginta Rae, Zack Eginton, M. Darnell Suttles, and Henry Urgioti
5"For Whom the Stinkin' Bell Tolls"Scott BrazilSteve Marshall & Dan GuntzelmanSeptember 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)

Someone holds up an abortion clinic.

Guest stars: Emile Hamaty, Bill Kirchenbauer, Curtis Taylor, Josie Dapar, Shelley Morrison, Kevin McBride, Jae Woo Lee, Clifton Collins Jr., and Elizabeth Lamont
6"The Forgotten Episode"Gil StiltonLissa LevinSeptember 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)

Harry's contract is up for renewal.

Guest stars: Emile Hamaty, Randy O'Connell, Rick Scarry, Ashlee Levitch, Gabe Cohen, Hal Landon Jr, Wendy Walsh, Christine Healy, and Kurt Fuller
7"Where Towering Infernos"Anson WilliamsJeff SteinOctober 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)

The station General Manager seeks a sexual encounter with a commentator.

Guest stars: Melissa Christopher, Greg Wrangler, Chuck Bailey, Bill Erwin, and Cully Fredricksen
8"Shake, Rattle and Roll"Vern GillumSteve MarshallOctober 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)

An earthquake hits Los Angeles and everyone is called into emergency service.

Guest stars: Danielle Weiner, Ann Ryerson, Suzanne Goddard, Arthur Burghardt, Amy Povich
9"What Price Episode?"Anson WilliamsDan GuntzelmanOctober 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)

Peggy crashes her car into Hellen's.

Guest stars: Emile Hamaty, Matt Love, Amy Povich, Karen Ludwig, Carol Bruce, George "Buck" Flower, Lou Richards, Ben Stein, and Don Brunner
10"Miracle"Kristoffer TaboriSteve MarshallNovember 7, 1995 (1995-11-07)

A shadow resembling the Virgin Mary suddenly appears with the overnight recovery of a Hispanic shooting victim.

Guest stars: Christy Alvarez, Stella Garcia, John William Young, Marga Chavez, Wayne Alexander, Nicholas Pryor, Robert Madrid, and Jacqueline Obradors
11"Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Contract"Vern GillumDel ShoresNovember 14, 1995 (1995-11-14)

Ricardo, Eddie and Nancy go to a orphanage.

Guest stars: Saemi Nakamura, John Peacock, Phillip C. Curry, Raymond Woods, Noel Webb, Bonnie Urseth, Jonathan Carrasco, Romeo Rene Fabian, Tina New, Steve Marshall, Cheryl Bartel, Robert Madrid, Carlos Carrasco, Jacqueline Obradors
12"Love is a Mainly Splintered Thing"Martha MitchellStory by : Steve Marshall and Dan Guntzelman
Teleplay by : Christopher Ames and Carolyn Shelby
November 21, 1995 (1995-11-21)

Tommy moves onto Eddie's houseboat while Eddie moves in with Tommy's wife.

Guest stars: Emile Hamaty, David Carrera, Ethan Glazer, Chuck Bailey, Carmen Filpi, Jacqueline Collen, Brian McGovern, Derik Ross Hixon, Fred Orenstein
13"Decisions, Decisions"Scott BrazilDan GuntzelmanNovember 28, 1995 (1995-11-28)

A press conference is held for a gay radical group.

Guest stars: Emile Hamaty, Steve Marshall, Brian McGovern, Bart Sumner, Cliff Cozens, Ben Stein, and Nicholas Ross Oleson



  1. ^ a b Terrace 2011, p. 614.
  2. ^ a b Brooks & Marsh 2007, p. 802.


  • Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). New York City: McFarland & Company. p. 614. ISBN 978-0786464777.
  • Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–present (9th ed.). New York City: Ballantine Books. p. 802. ISBN 978-0345497734.

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