The Chevy Chase Show

FOX (ended 1993)


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Welcome to The Chevy Chase Show guide at Remember the Edsel? Back in the mid-1950s, Ford Motor Co. spent millions of dollars developing and producing its new upper mid-level series of cars, only for the whole thing to woefully flop and forcing Ford to discontinue the marque just two years after Edsel's late 1957 introduction. A similar statement could be made about The Chevy Chase Show, FOX's latest attempt (to date) to compete in the late-night talk show arena that was dominated by Jay Leno and David Letterman. FOX reportedly spent $3 million to develop the talk show starring Chevy Chase, the actor best known for the National Lampoon series of movies and being part of the original comedy cast of Saturday Night Live. The network was so confident in the show's success it renamed the theater where the show was taped "The Chevy Chase Theater." But the show's premiere, on Sept. 7, 1993, was painfully bad, to put it mildly. Chase's monologue fell flat and the skits were worse; one TV history claimed that only the efforts of actress Goldie Hawn salvaged the episode. Throughout the series' mercifully brief run, Chase often found it difficult to interact with his guest stars while appearing relaxed, while skits varied from mediocre and uninspired to just plain awful. A "Nightly Update" (inspired by Saturday Night Live, which Chase helped create) turned out alright, though. But despite efforts to save the show, the old saying that "You can't polish a terd, no matter how hard you try" proved true. FOX thought it had a winner, but didn't even come close; historians and viewers pointed out Chase's gross lack of ability to host a nightly show and the generally ill-conceived format as key vices of The Chevy Chase Show (virtues ... well, there were hardly any). Twenty-nine shows later, the plug was pulled. FOX hasn't attempted a weeknight late night talk show since.moreless
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  • What did he do.

    I have seen the show and I must say it was a pretty good show. I mean the skits sucked, and he greatly dissapointed me with this show. The infamous Chevy Chase went and did maybe the sorriest excuse of a show and ruined his good name. The show was mediocer but still I can't say that the show sucked. All I can say is that I've seen better, heard better, done better, I mean you get my drift. It is not Chevy's fault because the 90's was a horrible decade for him, the only good thing was Vegas Vacation. If they were to bring it back it couldn't get any worse.moreless
  • knew it wouldn't last

    i knew when i first heard about this show that it would not last. it did not work for pat sajack, and it did not work for chevy chase. it was not anywhere near as bad as john macenroe's show though. i remember watching this show once or twice and that is about it.