No. of seasons 2
Running time 30 minutes
Network Broadcast syndication
Number of episodes 47
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 47 (list of episodes)
Original network Syndication
Number of seasons 2
Program creator Hugh Wilson
|Created by Hugh WilsonBuzz Sapien (director)|
Starring Gordon JumpRichard SandersFrank BonnerMykelti WilliamsonTawny KitaenFrench Stewart
Cast Gordon Jump, Richard Sanders, Frank Bonner, Tawny Kitaen, Mykelti Williamson
Similar WKRP in Cincinnati, Newhart, NewsRadio, Frasier, Evening Shade
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The New WKRP in Cincinnati is an American sitcom sequel to the original 1978–1982 CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati that aired in first-run syndication from September 14, 1991 to May 1, 1993 and, as with the original WKRP, MTM Enterprises produced the show.
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- Main characters
- Critical reception
Gordon Jump (Arthur Carlson), Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek), and Richard Sanders (Les Nessman) reprised their roles from the original show, while Howard Hesseman reprised the role of Dr. Johnny Fever on a recurring basis (five episodes in the first season, then as a regular cast member for the last four episodes of season two). Other original cast members came in for guest spots, with Loni Anderson (Jennifer Marlowe) returning for two episodes and Tim Reid (D.J. Gordon Sims/Venus Flytrap) for one episode.
The week before the show's premiere, many stations carrying the program aired the hour-long WKRP in Cincinnati 50th Anniversary Special, centered on a newspaper reporter interviewing Arthur Carlson about the fictitious station's golden anniversary, which served as a setup to show clips of memorable moments from the original series.
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The character of Arthur Carlson, Jr., returns as an adult. However, he is not portrayed by Sparky Marcus, who played a 10-year-old Arthur in one episode of the original series. Newcomer Lightfield Lewis was signed on to assume the role of the character, modeled much after the Herb Tarlek character from the original series. Art Jr. works as an advertising account executive for WKRP, presumably being groomed to take over the business from his father. Among the other notable actors that were cast members on the show were Mykelti Williamson as program director Donovan Aderhold, Tawny Kitaen as late night D.J. Mona Loveland, Kathleen Garrett as D.J. Dana Burns, and French Stewart, who joined the cast in the second season as morning D.J. Razor Dee.
The show underwent many cast changes during its run, and ended production in 1993 after two seasons and 47 episodes.
In the first season, Michael Des Barres played Jack Allen, one of the two halves of the "Burns and Allen" (a play on George Burns and Gracie Allen) morning show. Des Barres had played Sir Charles "Dog" Weatherby, frontman for the fictional band Scum of the Earth in the "Hoodlum Rock" episode of the original series.
For the first several episodes, the series was still identified as WKRP in Cincinnati and used a nearly identical opening sequence to the original series, except with updated cast names; the The New portion was not added until later, when clips of the starring actors were added to the title sequence. Additionally, the familiar opening and closing themes of its parent series were retained; while a new arrangement/recording was used for the opening theme, the closing theme was the same version heard on the original series.
The series followed up on some details left unaddressed in the original series. For example, the actual frequency of WKRP was never revealed in the original series. In this version, the station is identified as being at 1530 AM, the actual home of WCKY, also licensed to Cincinnati, though the actual 1530 AM is a 50,000 watt class A clear channel frequency, while WKRP's coverage map promoted the station as a 5000 watt station of unknown class (with the exception of the original series pilot, in which the station was also at 50,000 watts).
Also addressed is why the station is in the same position as the first series. The original series was supposed to conclude with everyone's hard work paying off and the station reaching number one. At some point, WKRP went all talk and one of the on air personalities shot someone.
Several critics of the show railed against the thought of continuing the original series, and it premiered to a mix of positive and negative reviews. Among the negative reviews from broadcast professionals was the charge that the station, broadcasting on the AM band, was still playing Rock 'n Roll music in the early 1990s, long after FM was established as the industry's leading band.
The series, contrary to the belief of some, was not canceled due to large monetary losses. Despite the challenges of syndication, which included varying airtimes (sometimes late at night) in various markets, the series was able to operate in the black, but not producing a profit substantial enough for investors to back it financially.