Out All Night (1992– )
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"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.
As a thirty something now, I think that this was average of the time; predictable humor. I was about Patti LaBelle was particularly good, and it introduced her to another generation of youngsters. I enjoyed tuning in to see the different performers every night. It was a kind of Kidd Video of sorts for my friends and I. (Now I'm really showing my age!)
Anyway I see as equal to everything else I watched: Three's Company, The Jeffersons, Family Matters, Full House. They weren't "deep TV", but they ran their courses quite a while, huh?