A fast-paced ensemble drama focusing on the people and personalities inside the most frenzied, dog-eat-dog work environment of all -- the local television newsroom of KXZX-TV Channel 3 -- hits the airwaves in the two-hour premiere of "Live Shot" airing TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on UPN. The series has its regular time period premiere on Tuesday, September 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT).
In the two-hour premiere episode, the just hired news director Alex Rydell arrives at Los Angeles television station KXZX-TV's "Re-Action News" to find the investigative news team chasing the biggest society scandal to break in years; bickering anchors Harry Chandler Moore and Sherry Beck; a combative (and apparently targeted) right wing commentator Marvin Seaborn and a controlling General manager, Art Hennesey. All the while, Alex must come to terms with sudden single parenthood when his wife decides not to join him in L.A. and instead sends their young son, Sean, to live with his father.
As the news director's first week on the job progresses, vain veteran anchorman Harry, who uses the on-air moniker "The Beacon of Truth," bitterly protests when Alex insists that he team up with Sherry to conduct an interview at the White House with President Clinton. After the co-anchors, with young segment producer Nancy Lockridge in tow, arrive in the nation's Capital, they discover, while fighting in the Lincoln bedroom, a mutual -- albeit twisted -- attraction to each other. Meanwhile, Richardo Sandoval becomes an integral part of a story he was reluctant to cover.
Starring Sam Anderson as Marvin Seaborn, David Birney as Harry Chandler Moore, Wanda De Jesús as Liz Vega, Hill Harper as Tommy Greer, Spencer Klein as Sean Rydell, Bruce McGill as Joe Vitale, Cheryl Pollak as Nancy Lockridge, Rebecca Staab as Sherry Beck, Eddie Vélez as Ricardo Sandoval, Michael Watson as "Fast" Eddie Santini, Jeff Yagher as Alex Rydell; with Tom Byrd as Lou Waller, David Coburn as Rick Ever and Antonia Jones as Peggy Traynor.
Guest starring are Marie Marshall as Rosie Pomerantz, Monte Russell as Len Bodeen, Terry Kiser as Raymond Piskoff, Dion Anderson as Art Hennesey, Casey Biggs as Lt. Larry Levinstein, Richard Yniguez as Chief Manny Padilla, John Sanderford as Harland Prentice, John Schuck as Ellis Maitland, Laurie O'Brien as Marilyn Maitland, Ron Canada as Bill Simon, Otto Coehlo as Nicos Stavros, Morgan Hunter as Spiro, Naya Rivera as Ann Shuttleworth and Molly Orr as Steffi Maitland.
"Live Shot" is filmed on stage and on location in Los Angeles. Dan Guntzleman and Steve Marshall are the creators/executive producers. Scott Brazil is also an executive producer. The premiere episode was written by Dan Guntzleman & Steve Marshall and directed by Colin Bucksey. "Live Shot" is a production of RYSHER Entertainment.