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- David Lynch
"Very absurd and really stupid. I love that combo, but apparently nobody else does."
"Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd. But I don't just find humor in unhappiness - I find it extremely heroic the way people forge on despite the despair they often feel. "
"Anything different on television is a potential success or just the opposite - a catastrophe. And for the most part it's a catastrophe."
(answered Lynch being asked about the success of Twin Peaks.
On The Air is Lynch's second TV series. ABC canceled it after 3 of 7 episodes. Lynch directed and wrote with Mark Frost the pilot episode. He wrote the last Episode with Robert Engels but did not direct it.
This halfhour situation comedy series is set in the year 1957. The Zoblotnick Broadcasting Company (ZBC) launches the new "Lester Guy Show". A bunch of lovely "morons and halfwits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells" makes sure that everything runs smoothly.
article by David Hiltbrand, People, June 22, 1992
Directors: David Lynch (ep.1), Jack Fisk (ep.2 and 6), Jonathan Sanger (ep.3), Lesli
Linka Glatter (ep.4 and 7), and Betty Thomas (ep.6)
Starring: Ian Buchanan (Lester Guy), Nancye Ferguson (Ruth Trueworthy),
Miguel Ferrer (Bud Budwaller), Gary Grossman (Bert Schein), Mel Johnson
Jr (Mickey), Marvin Kaplan (Dwight McGonigle), David Lander (Vladja Gochktch),
Kim McGuire (Nicole Thorn), Maria Jeanette Rubinoff (Betty Hudson), Tracey
Walter (Blinky), Buddy Douglas (Buddy Morris), Raleigh and Raymond Friend
(Hurry Up Twins), Bruce Grossberg (Control booth technician), Irwin Keyes
(Shorty the stagehand), and Everett Greenbaum (ZBC announcer)
Executive Producer: Mark Frost and David Lynch
Co-Executive Producer: Bob Engels
Producer: Gregg Fienberg and Deepak Nayar
Teleplays: Mark Frost and David Lynch (ep.1),
Mark Frost (ep.2, 4, and 7), Scott Frost (ep.3), Bob Engels (ep.5), David Lynch & Bob Engels (ep.6)
Cinematography by Ron Garcia (ep.1) and Peter Deming
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Production design: Okowita
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