America 2-Night

America 2-Night is the continuation of the talk-show parody series Fernwood 2 Night. It ran weeknights from April to July 1978. As in Fernwood, Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) was the host and Fred Willard appeared as Jerry Hubbard, his announcer and sidekick. Frank De Vol also returned as bandleader Happy Kyne.

America 2-Night
Created byNorman Lear
StarringMartin Mull
Fred Willard
Frank De Vol
Tommy Tedesco
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes65
Running time2224 minutes
Production company(s)T.A.T. Communications Company
DistributorT.A.T. Communications Company
Original networkSyndication
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseApril 10 (1978-04-10) 
July 7, 1978 (1978-07-07)
Preceded byFernwood 2 Night


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 Southern California. According to Hubbard's announcement at the beginning of every show, Alta Coma was "the unfinished furniture capital of the world". This new Southern California setting made it more plausible for celebrities to appear on the show as themselves.[1] Among the celebrities who appeared as guests are Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Carol Burnett, Burt Lancaster, Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Paul Lynde, Rita Moreno, Rob Reiner, Peter Frampton, 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.

Recurring characters


Reruns of America 2-Night aired on Nick at Nite from 1990 to 1993.


See also


  1. Rabin, Nathan (2010-01-06). "Random Roles: Alan Thicke". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-06-19.

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