10 April 1978
| 8.7/10 |
7 July 1978
| Martin Mull
Frank De Vol
Alan Thicke, Harry Shearer, Dan Wilcox, Norman Stiles
Fernwood 2 Night, The Jeffersons, Maude, Mary Hartman - Mary Hart, All's Fair
America 2-Night is the continuation of the talk-show parody series Fernwood 2 Night. It ran from April to July 1978. As in Fernwood, Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) was the host and Fred Willard appeared as Jerry Hubbard, his co-host and sidekick. Frank De Vol also returned as bandleader Happy Kyne.
America 2-Night Wikipedia
The setting of the show was moved from the fictional Fernwood, Ohio, to the fictional "Quad-City" area of Alta Coma, Alta Luna, El Tijo, and the City of Merchandise in California. According to Hubbard's announcement at the beginning of every show, Alta Coma was "the unfinished furniture capital of the world". This new setting made it easier for celebrities to appear on the show as themselves. Among the celebrities who appeared as guests are Charlton Heston, Carol Burnett, Burt Lancaster, Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Rita Moreno, Rob Reiner, Mark Hamill, Gary Coleman, Sherman Hemsley and Anne Murray. In the final episode, Mull and Willard guested as themselves.
The show was broadcast on the fictional UBS network whose logo featured an ear (a takeoff on CBS's "Eye" logo) and whose slogan was "We put U before the BS".
In 2001, Martin Mull and Fred Willard reprised their roles in a stage appearance and retrospective at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.William W.D. 'Bud' Prize (Kenneth Mars)
Tony Rolletti (Bill Kirchenbauer)
Virgil Simms (Jim Varney)
Jason Shine (Robin Williams)
Chuck Emmitt Saugis (Paul Willson)
Reruns of America 2-Night aired on Nick at Nite from 1990 to 1993.
S01 E08 - Jason Shine with Barbara Feldon and Robin Williams