Yet another late-night casualty sacrificed to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Thicke of the Night was probably dead on arrival thanks to it's excessive pre-premiere hype. Even before anyone had even seen it, some critics had labeled it "Sick of the Hype".
The show's star was comedian/singer/dancer/writer Alan Thicke. He had been a long-time success on the CBC in Canada and done award-winning work in American television for series like Fernwood 2-Night and performers including Richard Pryor. Armed with that resume, former CBS/ABC/NBC programming guru Fred Silverman thought he was a great choice to head up a new late night show.
On the show, Thicke did the usual celebrity chat business--sometimes on location but generally in the show's modern looking studio. But he also sang a few songs and did lots of comedy bits with his cast of regulars. In fact, he had a talented line-up of supporting players that included young Arsenio Hall, Richard Belzer and Gilbert Gottfried.
But we must get back to the hype. Silverman banged the drums too loudly and for too long, promising everything short of the undoing of Johnny Carson. In fact, if gossip is to be believed, Tonight forbid any of it's guests to appear on Thicke's show. When the show that finally appeared was less than promised, its fate was sealed. Thicke of the Nightquickly became known as one of the greatest flops in showbiz history.
Years later, Alan Thicke would tell this joke: '"What's the difference between Thicke of the Night and the Titanic? The Titanic had entertainment."moreless