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Fernwood Tonight 

Fernwood 2 Night (original title)
Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard are the host of a talk show produced in the fictitious town of Fernwood, Ohio (also the setting of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"). The show featured parodies ... See full summary »

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Norman Lear
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Martin Mull ...  Barth Gimble 38 episodes, 1977
Fred Willard ...  Jerry Hubbard 38 episodes, 1977
Frank De Vol ...  Happy Kyne 38 episodes, 1977
Tommy Tedesco Tommy Tedesco ...  Tommy Marinucci 26 episodes, 1977
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Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard are the host of a talk show produced in the fictitious town of Fernwood, Ohio (also the setting of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"). The show featured parodies of guests that might appear on real talk shows, only with the twisted small-town mentality of Fernwood. Music was provide by the sad-faced Happy Kyne and his Mirthmakers; Happy was also the proprietor of a fast-food restaurant called Bun 'n' Run. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Comedy | Talk-Show

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1977 (USA) See more »

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Fernwood 2Night See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Norman Lear originally planned for all of the dialogue on the show to be improvised as Martin Mull and Fred Willard are skilled improvisational comedians. But head writer Alan Thicke insisted that the show would be better scripted with Mull and Willard improvising occasionally. Lear threatened to fire Thicke after the first week of shows but because of the audience's positive response, Lear relented. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: [in a Boris Karloff voice] Walk this way.
Barth: Jerry!
Vincent Price: What does he mean "walk this way?"
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Referenced in Walking Through Fires (2011) See more »

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Fernwood2Nite/America2Nite
8 February 2006 | by mikecpaSee all my reviews

I have been waiting unsuccessfully for many years for the issuance of VHS/DVDs of Fernwood2Nite/America2Nite, an incredibly funny series of "late night" type television shows spoofing Johnny Carson's Tonight Show as well as other similar programs. On TV in the late 70s in its 2 incarnations, the Norman Lear venture had a life of perhaps 60 episodes. It starred Martin Mull as the talk show host, Barth Gimble and Fred Willard as his dim-witted sidekick, Jerry Hubbard. They took pokes at all sorts of people, things and sacred cows. They took on South Park type stereotypes (dullards, racism, religions, and the like) 20 years earlier. The band leader, accomplished songwriter and orchestra leader, Frank DeVol was an unbelievably deadpanned performer, and owner of the "Taco & Run" restaurant. Over the years, I have sent letters to Norman Lear, Martin and Fred, asking what became of the series, will it ever be released to video, etc., without a single reply. It's good to know that there are other viewers who enjoyed this tremendously funny (most of the time) series of late night television shows. It is a shame that this comedy series a


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