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(Cape - Gazette)   Somehow, Magic Johnson's "The Magic Hour" isn't the biggest flop in Late Night TV history   (alleyinsider.com ) divider line
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2009-03-02 10:56:29 AM  
didn't Dana Carvey have a show at one point?
 
2009-03-02 11:12:41 AM  
This man is definately living proof that AIDS isn't the end of the world. Good for him.
 
2009-03-02 11:28:50 AM  
Chevy Chase listed at #1?

*checks slideshow*

Yup.

/all is right with the world
 
2009-03-02 11:29:34 AM  
I remember the original JON STEWART Show. I kinda liked it,
since he is a great interviewer.
 
2009-03-02 11:31:43 AM  
Late Night TV history

farm1.static.flickr.com

/ HOF nominee
 
2009-03-02 12:13:25 PM  
I actually watched most of the episodes of The Stephanie Miller Show, but I think it was mainly because I had a thing for Stephanie Miller.
 
2009-03-02 12:30:38 PM  
If you watch the opening of the first Chevy Chase show, Chevy is tossed a basketball so he can shoot a basket on-camera.

He blows the first throw, the director cuts away to a "nothing but net" taped insert shot for the second throw, and then Chevy tries to throw another basket and misses AGAIN.

Talk about omens. Jeez.
 
2009-03-02 12:37:33 PM  
slide show greenlighted?

/worried about my five bucks
//j/k
 
2009-03-02 01:26:33 PM  

veedeevadeevoodee: / HOF nominee


I would stay up to watch a late-night TV show if he was the host. I wouldn't even DVR it, I'd watch it live.
 
2009-03-02 02:12:41 PM  
I remember the Chevy show. Horrid. Goldie Hawn came on and sang a song to him. Directly to him as he gazed at her. So uncomfortable.

Didn't Whoopi have a crappy talk show? How did that not make the cut?
 
2009-03-02 02:13:14 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: I remember the original JON STEWART Show. I kinda liked it,
since he is a great interviewer.


He was good. I remember him giving out bad Halloween treats. "Here kids, put this floss in your mouth and you can pretend to be a shrunken head"
 
2009-03-02 02:14:17 PM  
Hmmmm...this could be interesting...*clicks link*...Hey!

THIS IS A SLIDESHOW, ASSHOLE!!!!
 
2009-03-02 02:20:26 PM  
I hope they mention the Pat Sajak show somewhere in there. That man wouldn't know funny if it was a train and he was tied to the tracks.
 
2009-03-02 02:23:53 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: Hmmmm...this could be interesting...*clicks link*...Hey!

THIS IS A SLIDESHOW, ASSHOLE!!!!


Ditto, don't care until someone summarizes it on here for me...
 
2009-03-02 02:23:59 PM  
FTFA: Click through, and you'll see that confidence didn't stop everything from going horribly wrong.

does this refer to the subject of the slideshow, or the use of the slideshow?
 
2009-03-02 02:25:10 PM  
ARTICLE FAIL:

Keenen teaches us: It's OK to be racist if your black!
 
2009-03-02 02:27:57 PM  
The Magic Hour was a victim of timing, what with ESPN still having standards & credibility at the time they weren't interested in giving Magic a late night talk show. If he had approached them with the show idea with the way they exist NOW, it would be in its 15th season & still being touted as the best talk show in the history of television no matter how poorly it performed. On today's ESPN he'd have to die to have his show cancelled.
 
2009-03-02 02:30:49 PM  
Bored Horde
This man is definately living proof that AIDS isn't the end of the world. Good for him.

To be fair, Magic is HIV+. Its not accurate to say he has 'AIDS'.
 
2009-03-02 02:32:42 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: didn't Dana Carvey have a show at one point?


His comedy show was amusing. It had the Skinheads from Maine.
 
2009-03-02 02:36:01 PM  
For the slideshow haters:


Talk Show Bomb #10: Craig Kilborn, "The Late Late Show"
Talk Show Bomb #9: Tina Brown, "Topic A"
Talk Show Bomb #8: Jon Stewart, "The Jon Stewart Show"
Talk Show Bomb #7: "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show"
Talk Show Bomb #6: Joan Rivers, "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers"
Talk Show Bomb #5: Stephanie Miller, "The Stephanie Miller Show"
Talk Show Bomb #4: Pat Sajak, "The Pat Sajak Show"
Talk Show Bomb #3: Magic Johnson, "The Magic Hour"
Talk Show Bomb #2: Alan Thicke, "Thicke of the Night"
Talk Show Bomb #1: Chevy Chase, "The Chevy Chase Show"


And subby, if you're surprised to see that Magic Johnson didn't take top spot then you've never seen "The Chevy Chase Show." (Count your blessings).
 
2009-03-02 02:36:01 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: didn't Dana Carvey have a show at one point?


Yes except:
1) It was funny.
2) His writers and performers are some of the most influential comedians today.
3) It wasn't a talkshow.
 
2009-03-02 02:36:55 PM  
Stephanie Miller.... WANT.
 
2009-03-02 02:45:03 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: I remember the original JON STEWART Show. I kinda liked it,
since he is a great interviewer.


When it was still on MTV it was hilarious. Any bit with Howard on it was gold.

/Kill her Howard! Kill her!
 
2009-03-02 02:45:27 PM  
I grew up in a small town with 4 channels, but it had a Fox affiliate. I think it was one of the smallest markets with Fox. I remember a lot of their duds, because there was nothing else to watch. I don't remember Joan Rivers' show, but I do remember the Chevy Chase Show. It was awkward, to say the least. Fox promoted it for 6 months, but it only ran for 6 weeks.

In the early '90s, Fox was doing anything they could to crack the top 3 in ratings, and threw a lot of money away. The year after Chevy Chase bombed, they spent a lot of money on the NFL, and that finally did it. John Madden went to Fox. Dozens of Big 3 stations switched to Fox, just so that they could keep local NFL games. Looking back now, it's hard to imagine, but there was no Fox Sports until 1994.
 
2009-03-02 02:46:47 PM  

stephen74: I hope they mention the Pat Sajak show somewhere in there. That man wouldn't know funny if it was a train and he was tied to the tracks.


Even better, he had Rush Limbaugh fill in for him one night. Pretty funny to see Rush having to deal with an audience of non-Dittoheads for the first time in his life.
 
2009-03-02 02:48:25 PM  
Jimmy Fallon will change television forever. 9 hours and 48 minutes until the premier. I had trouble sleeping last night. I'm just so excited!
 
2009-03-02 02:48:55 PM  
If a flute with no holes is not a flute, and a doughnut with no hole is a Danish, then what is a talk show with no plot?
 
2009-03-02 02:49:08 PM  
Didn't Martin Short have an ill-fated talk show? And not Jiminy Glick.
 
2009-03-02 02:50:31 PM  

wolvernova: Stephanie Miller.... WANT.


WHO?
 
2009-03-02 02:52:31 PM  
At least they got #1 right.

I tried to watch the show. It was about as good as the results of a Taco Bell burrito-eating marathon.

And he's not any better now. What the hell happened?
 
2009-03-02 02:55:28 PM  
Kilborn doesn't belong on that list. While not as popular as Conan I thought it was a pretty good show. I would still take it over Ferguson, of course I hadn't seen him on anything else before (from Soviet Canuckistan) and missed the runs on ESPN and the Daily Show.
 
2009-03-02 02:55:32 PM  
one of my fantasies has always been to be in a Stephanie Miller/Naomi Wolf sandwich.

carry on

/Kilborn was occasionally amusing
 
2009-03-02 02:55:46 PM  
duncangonuts: For the slideshow haters:

Thank you. You saved a completely innocent and unaware person a severe beating today.
 
2009-03-02 02:56:01 PM  

Sgt Otter:

Even better, he had Rush Limbaugh fill in for him one night. Pretty funny to see Rush having to deal with an audience of non-Dittoheads for the first time in his life.


I heard about that. GLAAD showed up to protest, and yelled the whole time, so the whole audience was removed.
 
2009-03-02 02:56:17 PM  
Fallon's show will be a success.

I don't like him either, but a lot of the 15-30 crowd does and that's the audience for the show.
 
2009-03-02 03:00:37 PM  
Really? Last Call with Carson Daly didn't make the list? Really?
 
2009-03-02 03:01:27 PM  

barneyfifesbullet: I don't like him either, but a lot of the 15-30 crowd does and that's the audience for the show.


Really? Every 15-30 guy I know thinks of him as the little un-funny dude who laughs at his own jokes in the middle of the sketch...

however, I think a lot of geeks are cautiously optimistic since he's been courting Digg so much. He's planning on carving out a bit of a nerd niche, apparently, such as including video games in the usual function of new-release-buzz that talk shows do.

Considering that the Late Night show is traditionally aimed at stoned college-students, that's not a bad idea.
 
2009-03-02 03:02:20 PM  
This list is completely forgetting Into the Night with Rick Dees (1990) (new window)
 
2009-03-02 03:02:21 PM  
Pat Sajack for 90 MINUTES!?! EVERY NIGHT?!?!
 
2009-03-02 03:03:57 PM  

Freeside: Really? Last Call with Carson Daly didn't make the list? Really?



It's been on the air for like 5 years, it's still on. Not that he's great, but he's done just as well as his predecessors Bob Costas and Greg Kinear did in the same spot.
 
2009-03-02 03:04:16 PM  

BKITU: Chevy Chase listed at #1?

*checks slideshow*

Yup.

/all is right with the world


Yep, I called it, too.

Though I was surprised the Tony Danza show didn't get a nod. What was the specific format of the Rush Limbaugh Show? Anybody else remember that turd?

They need to contrast this with a list of the best talk shows. Space Ghost FTW!
 
2009-03-02 03:05:19 PM  

BRENDAN-FACE: Freeside: Really? Last Call with Carson Daly didn't make the list? Really?


It's been on the air for like 5 years, it's still on. Not that he's great, but he's done just as well as his predecessors Bob Costas and Greg Kinear did in the same spot.


Sorry, over 7 years: January 8, 2002 - present
 
2009-03-02 03:06:00 PM  

ChrisPC: I heard about that. GLAAD showed up to protest, and yelled the whole time


They did that later on Arsenio Hall and got shown up and ran out of the place by Arsenio. Good show.
 
2009-03-02 03:08:16 PM  

Dan the Schman: Space Ghost FTW!


Seriously? I tried to watch that one... I couldn't get the appeal.
 
2009-03-02 03:10:20 PM  
DL hugely had a show for a few weeks. i liked it.

i haven't watched his CNN show yet.
 
2009-03-02 03:12:51 PM  
Oh, and they forgot; a failure, even if it was pretty good:

The Dennis Miller Show (new window)
In 1992, following his departure from Saturday Night Live, Miller launched a late night TV talk show, The Dennis Miller Show, syndicated by Tribune Entertainment. The Dennis Miller Show was among the first "alternative" talk shows, featuring cutting-edge bands and other groundbreaking guests not seen on other late-night programs of the time. For example, Toad the Wet Sprocket made their national television debut on the show, and Henry Rollins stopped by more than once to chat with Miller and perform spoken word.[11]Andy Summers, formerly of the band The Police, led the house band, and Nick Bakay was the announcer. The show staff boasted a veritable who's who of past and future performers, writers, and producers of note including Nick Bakay, Todd Baker, Mark Brazill ("That 70's Show"), Eddie Feldmann, David Kohan & Max Mutchnick (creators of "Will & Grace"), Norm Macdonald, Bob Odenkirk ("Mr. Show"), John Riggi, Kevin Rooney, Herbert Sargent (Saturday Night Live), Drake Sather, and Dave Thomas (Second City TV).

The Dennis Miller Show had a limited audience due to Tribune's contracting it for time slots in the wee hours of the morning. The show was canceled the same year it premiered due to poor ratings.
 
2009-03-02 03:12:53 PM  

Dan the Schman: BKITU: Chevy Chase listed at #1?

*checks slideshow*

Yup.

/all is right with the world

Yep, I called it, too.

Though I was surprised the Tony Danza show didn't get a nod. What was the specific format of the Rush Limbaugh Show? Anybody else remember that turd?

They need to contrast this with a list of the best talk shows. Space Ghost FTW!


Murder is on the menu.
 
2009-03-02 03:16:57 PM  

superoogie: FeedTheCollapse: didn't Dana Carvey have a show at one point?

Yes except:
1) It was funny.
2) His writers and performers are some of the most influential comedians today.
3) It wasn't a talkshow.


B) it still is damn funny

C) AND the inclusion of the Dana Carvey show on HULU makes me very happy
 
2009-03-02 03:23:15 PM  

Dan the Schman: Though I was surprised the Tony Danza show didn't get a nod.


The link is broken for me, but given the context of the Headline... isn't Danza a daytime talkshow host?
 
2009-03-02 03:24:24 PM  

duncangonuts: For the slideshow haters:


Talk Show Bomb #10: Craig Kilborn, "The Late Late Show"
Talk Show Bomb #9: Tina Brown, "Topic A"
Talk Show Bomb #8: Jon Stewart, "The Jon Stewart Show"
Talk Show Bomb #7: "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show"
Talk Show Bomb #6: Joan Rivers, "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers"
Talk Show Bomb #5: Stephanie Miller, "The Stephanie Miller Show"
Talk Show Bomb #4: Pat Sajak, "The Pat Sajak Show"
Talk Show Bomb #3: Magic Johnson, "The Magic Hour"
Talk Show Bomb #2: Alan Thicke, "Thicke of the Night"
Talk Show Bomb #1: Chevy Chase, "The Chevy Chase Show"


And subby, if you're surprised to see that Magic Johnson didn't take top spot then you've never seen "The Chevy Chase Show." (Count your blessings).


Where the hell is Rick Dees' show? Or the Wilton North Report? Someone didn't do their research.
 
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