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.
|Created by||Norman Lear|
Frank De Vol
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||65|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||T.A.T. Communications Company|
|Distributor||T.A.T. Communications Company|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||April 10 –|
July 7, 1978
|Preceded by||Fernwood 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. 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.
Reruns of America 2-Night aired on Nick at Nite from 1990 to 1993.