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While late night talk shows like The Tonight Show and The Late Show are extremely popular, there are many others that are forgotten as soon as they premiered. Here are 8 forgotten late night talk shows.
- The Jon Stewart Show on MTV. During the mid-90s, MTV gave Jon Stewart his own late night talk show for Generation X. While the TV show wasn’t a success, it paved the way for him to take the Daily Show hosting gig in 1999.
- The Magic Hour with Magic Johnson. Believe it or not, NBA legend Magic Johnson had his own late night talk show in syndication in 1998. It was positioned to be the next Arsenio Hall Show, but Magic Johnson doesn’t have the same charisma.
- Into The Night with Rick Dees. LA radio DJ Rick Dees had his own late night talk show during the early 90s. It was canceled after one season on ABC.
- The Pat Sajak Show. CBS tried to make a rival to The Tonight Show with The Pat Sajak Show. Needless to say, it was canceled, but not before Rush Limbaugh guest hosted.
- Thicke of the Night with Alan Thicke. Before he went on to star in Growing Pains, Alan Thicke hosted a late night talk show that appeared in syndication in 1983. It was canceled after one season.
- The Late Show with Joan Rivers. In 1986, Joan Rivers had her own late night talk show on Fox. It was the first late night original broadcasting from the new-at-the-time network. It was in competition with The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
- The Kilborn File. In 2010, Craig Kilborn had late night talk show called The Kilborn File. It was on Fox, but only lasted for six weeks. It was his third late night hosting gig after The Daily Show on Comedy Central and The Late Late Show on CBS.
- The Chevy Chase Show. In 1993, Fox gave Chevy Chase his own late night talk show. The Chevy Chase Show was canceled after one season, as Fox is still trying to break into late night.