Out All Night...the short-lived series starring Patti LaBelle
In the 1990's,there was a lot of great comedies that emerged from time to time that featured African-American characters in prominent roles. The short-lived situation comedy series "Out All Night" was one of them. "Out All Night" was also produced and created by the same team that brought you "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air",which was at the time a huge ratings Monday night powerhouse winner for NBC,and the pad that skyrocketed Will Smith's astounding career. Of the 22 episodes that this series produced,NBC ran this show from September 19,1992 until the final episode of the series on July 9,1993. The series lasted one season on the network. Created by Andy Borowitz("Day by Day","Dreams", "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air",not to mention "In The House")and produced by Mara Lopez,Rob Edwards,Werner Walian,and Quincy Jones under his production company,Qwest Entertainment for NBC Television. Musical supervision was produced by Quincy Jones,himself.
"Out All Night" was also Grammy winning songstress Patti LaBelle in a starring role of her own weekly show and was the first and only television series that she appeared in. Patti LaBelle stars as Chelsea Paige, a former singing star and owner of a high-tech Los Angeles nightclub establishment that was very hip and very music-oriented. Club Chelsea was the trendest spot around with flashing lights,high energy dancers,and a video wall showing the latest music videos of the day. Jeff Carswell(Morris Chestnut),was a recent NYU graduate with dreams of becoming a music entrepreneur,smooth-talked Chelsea into making him manager-trainee. Chelsea also got Jeff and his buddy Vidal Thomas(Duane Martin) a luxurious apartment in a building she owned. Also in the building were Charisse Chamberlain(Vivica A. Fox),Chelsea's daughter and a successful fashion stylist,who had to deal with in some of the episodes constant overtones from horny happy-go-lucky Vidal and Angus McEwen(Simon O'Brien),a Scottish student who was the stereotypical nutty neighbor. Dance routines and songs by pop groups(including appearances by some of the great R&B groups of the 1990's....one of them included the legendary Luther Vandross in a very special episode)enlivened this series which lasted one season. "Out All Night" was the launching pad for three unknown actors at the time this show premiered that would go on to bigger and better things in their careers....Morris Chestnut,Duane Martin and Vivica A. Fox. Fox however started her career in the short-lived NBC soap opera "Generations" before coming unto this series. The writers of this show(which consisted of Andy Borowitz,Rob Edwards,Eric Pomerance, Werner Walian and B. Mark Seabrooks)came up with innovative techniques to give it that 90's feel,and it didn't save this from the demise ratings it received and NBC canceled it in the summer of 1993 after 22 episodes.
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