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America 2 Night
April 10, 1978 - July 7, 1978

 


America 2 Nite
1978

Barth Gimble - Martin Mull
Jerry Hubbard - Fred Willard
Happy Kyne - Frank DeVol
Garth Gimble, Sr. - Robert B. Williams
Verne Taylor - Verne Rowe
Virgil Sims - Jim Varney
Aunt Edity - Irma Seigel
Linda Barry - Barrie Youngfellow
Tony Roletti - Bill Kirchenbauer

America 2-Night's predecessor, Fernwood 2-Night, was a wild and offensive parody on TV talk shows. The host, Barth Gimble, was egotistical and his sidekick, Jerry Hubbard, was an idiot. Martin Mull had previously appeared on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as Garth Gimble, a wife beater who eventually impaled himself on an aluminum Christmas tree in the closet. Barth was presented here as his twin brother, and there were occasional visits by their father, Garth Sr.

Fernwood 2-Night was only mildly successful in the summer of 1977 as a summer replacement series (for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), but that didn't stop creator Norman Lear from bringing it back in April 1978. It was renamed America 2-Night. Barth and Jerry had moved to Alta Coma, California. They hoped to boost the show with appearances by major Hollywood stars including: Robin Williams, Elke Sommer, Charlton Heston, George Gobel and Gary Burghoff.

 

Episodes Known To Be In Existence
(listed in alphabetical order by title or guest star where title is unknown):

ABE VIGODA
Air Date: unknown

ANNE MURRAY
Air Date: 4-24-78
Guest: Anne Murray

BELLA ABZUG
Air Date: 6-8-78
Guests: Bella Abzug, J.J. Johnson
Synopsis: Bella Abzug; concerned citizen Ted Jennings.

CAROL BURNETT
Air Date: 5-22-78
Guest: Carol Burnett

CINDY WILLIAMS
Air Date: 5-2-78
Guests: Cindy Williams, Marshall Efron
Synopsis: Cindy Williams; UBS programming executive Bill Nickerson.

THE CONDENSED BIBLE
Air Date: 5-1-78
Guests: Jim Nabors, Sue Ann Gilfillian
Synopsis: Jim Nabors; Irene Huddleston on the condensed form of the Bible.

I AM DEMOCRACY
Air Date: 6-4-78
Guests: Gary Gudrow, Billy Crystal, Alan Thicke
Synopsis: Barth talks about helping a man find his car keys; Jerry and Happy present their mini-pageant "I Am Democracy"; Disc jocky Tom "Cat Love Man" Wilson; Billy Crystal makes some phone calls.

JASON SHINE
Air Date: 4-18-78
Guests: Barbara Feldon, Robin Williams
Synopsis: Barbara Feldon and professional escort Jason Shine.

JACK JONES
Air Date: unknown

LYNETTE & LORI / ARTHUR ZABRINSKI
Air Date: unknown

MISS CITY OF MERCHANDISE
Air Date: 5-8-78
Guest: Elke Sommer
Synopsis: Elke Sommer; the three semi-finalists in the City of Merchandise pageant.

MRS. EDITH BUSH
Air Date: unknown

NORMAN FELL
Air Date: unknown

ORAL SMOKE ALARM
Air Date: 5-22-78
Guests: Barbara Eden, Melissa Gilbert, Paul Wilson, Lynne Marie Stewart
Synopsis: The band has been locked out for attempts to unionize, so Happy is the whole band. Barth and Jerry interview Barbara Eden and Melissa Gilbert -- at the same time. Happy talks about the Oral Smoke Alarm. Chuck Emmitt Saugis and his hostage Mary Marie Clark. Barbara Eden sings.

PHYLLIS DILLER
Air Date: unknown

SHERMAN HEMSLEY
Air Date: 4-27-78
Guests: Sherman Hemsley, Sherri Spillane, Frank Farmer
Synopsis: Sherman Hemsley; Singer Pharoah Fawcett and police sergeant Norman Botello.

SUSAN CLOUD
Air Date: unknown

TERESA GOMEZ
Air Date: unknown

TWIGGY / GAYLORD & HOLIDAY
Air Date: unknown

UBS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Air Date: 6-2-78
Guests: Jimmy Yen, Barbi Benton, Lou Felder
Synopsis: Japanese country and western artist Jimmy Yen; UBS presents its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbi Benton; Consumer advocate Lou Moffatt introduces Bible Gum Cards.

URBAN POVERTY CONSULTANT
Air Date: 5-9-78
Guests: Rob Reiner, Craig Richard Nelson

VICKI CARR
Air Date: 4-26-78
Guests: Vickie Carr, Zale Kessler, Brand McKay

VINCENT PRICE
Air Date: unknown

VIRGIL SIMMS / DAVID JOHN DECKER
Air Date: unknown

 

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