The Tonight Show

January 28, 1957

Season 3, Ep 11, Aired 1/28/57
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  • Episode Description
  • Jack Lescoulie introduces the new version of the Tonight Show, a magazine style format similar to the Today Show. Earl Wilson interviews George Gobel & Joan Crawford. Hy Gardner interviews Edward G. Robinson and Dean Martin; Paul Coates visits an illegal poker house in L.A.; Vernon Scott interviews Jayne Mansfield; Irv Kupcinet visits an atomic lab in Illinois; Bob Considine interviews Dr. William Memminger in Topeka, Kansas.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Allen

    Host

  • Ernie Kovacs

    Host (1956-1957)

  • Jack Lescoulie

    Host (1957)

  • Al Collins

    Host (1957)

  • Tom Rizzo

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The debut of Tonight! America After Dark was a complete fiasco.

    By jboice0, Jun 17, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • A real fiasco. Jack Gould of the New York Times in his review called this debut "a coast-to-coast disaster." Readers of TV Guide weren't any kinder: one sarcastically thanked NBC because he now went to bed early and got a good night's sleep every night. Ratings plunged, affiliates dropped the show, and after six months NBC went back to a talk/entertainment format with Jack Paar as the host.

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