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 "... See full summary »
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1990   1989  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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...  Himself - Host 11 episodes, 1989-1990
Dan Miller ...  Himself - Announcer 9 episodes, 1989-1990
Geoff Bolt ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1989
Franklin Ruehl ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 1989-1990
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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 Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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CBS got most of it's stations to agree to carry Sajak, promoted the show brilliantly, and sent the host off to a roaring start with a 6.2 rating, a full point higher than Johnny Carson's. That didn't even hold up for a week. Sajak was soon sinking through the 3 rating level. It got so bad that the show was having trouble getting audiences to come to the studio for the tapings. Yet Sajak didn't change his demeanor, or his show, at all. Perth came to regard him as one of the least ambitious people in show business, observing that Sajak would come in at noon, tape his show from 5:30 to 6:30 and he would be out the door by 6:45. The show was collapsing around him. With stations leaving every week, the distribution system was canceling him even before the network did. Yet Sajak remained unruffled. See more »

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THE Phenomenal SUCCESS of the syndicated evening version of game show, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE had a most interesting by product; namely, that is the prolific wit and fine sense of humor possessed by its host. After broadcast experience in Vietnam, Pat Sajac did some variously scattered jobs in the Radio/TV industry. We see that he was a Weatherman at one point.

MAKING THE MOST of being the man who moderates the wheel spinning and introducing his guests, he kept all interested and entertained by using his quick mind in ad-libbing the most laugh getting quips imaginable. He did so consistently, without having to resort to insult or working blue. After all, THE WHEEL is a family show!

SO IT CAME to pass that Mr. Sajac got an offer that he couldn't refuse; not from a Crime Boss, but rather from CBS. They had long wanted a show that would cut into the viewer-ship that THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson. Here was a dichotomy of realities to deal with. On the one hand, this was a great opportunity for Pat Sajac. But, for him or anyone else, it was a long shot; or even a career's suicide.

WELL, THE WHEEL stopped on "Bankrupt" for the show and it lasted only a season. So, luckily (or wisely, we should say)the producers over at Merv Griffin Productions brought him back to his gig as MC.

THE MOVE TO his own talk show could well have worked, had the network not thrown him in to such a "Baptism of Fire." Instead, and we risk being accused of using hindsight-which is always 20-20, the CBS people could have put him on Afternoons with his talk fest. In the same manner that David Letterman's (short) run on NBC, had familiarized us with him, so perhaps nurturing Pat Sajak as a future hot property, instead of wanting instant, blitzkrieg-type of victory.


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