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 byAl Franken
John Markus
StarringAl Franken
Megyn Price
Miguel Ferrer
Ajay Naidu
Sanaa Lathan
Catherine Lloyd Burns
Robert Foxworth
Composer(s)Mat Morse
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19 (7 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Al Franken
John Markus
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Markus-Franken Productions
Paramount Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMarch 17, 1998 (1998-03-17) 
March 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)

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.


Episode list

Season 1: 1998

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"TBATBAMarch 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"TBATBAApril 7, 1998 (1998-04-07)
55"Pearce's New Best Friend"TBATBAApril 14, 1998 (1998-04-14)
66"Lawyer, Lawyer"TBATBAApril 21, 1998 (1998-04-21)

Season 2: 1999

No. in
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*UNAIRED
148"Mona Moves Up"TBATBA*UNAIRED
159"Error Apparent"TBATBA*UNAIRED
1610"Requiem for a Horse"TBATBA*UNAIRED
1711"The Negotiator"TBATBA*UNAIRED
1812"Eine Kleine Office Problem"TBATBA*UNAIRED
1913"The Seventh Plague"TBATBA*UNAIRED

* Not aired on NBC

Home media

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

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