After Pat's other show, "Wheel of Fortune" (1975) enjoyed a surge of popularity in the late 80's, he decided to try his hand at hosting a late-night talk show. The format was similar to "The Tonight Show" (1962), consisting of comedy monologues, celebrity guests and musical numbers. Although many well-known celebrities appeared on his show, in the end, Sajak was unable to compete with Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Written by
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In 1988, a CBS late night executive named Michael Brockman believed he'd hit on the most promising Johnny Carson
challenger in years With a smash hit in syndication, Wheel of Fortune
(1983), and lots of experience as a funny weather guy in Los Angeles, Pat Sajak struck Michael Brockman as CBS's first hope in a generation to get something started in late night. See more
Referenced in The Late Shift