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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Complete series cast summary:
Pat Sajak ...  Himself - Host / ... 13 episodes, 1989-1990
Dan Miller Dan Miller ...  Himself - Announcer 9 episodes, 1989-1990
Geoff Bolt Geoff Bolt ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1989


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 <>

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9 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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CBS got most of its stations to carry Sajak, and sent the host off to a roaring start with a 6.2 rating, a full point higher than Johnny Carson. Less than a week later, Sajak was sinking through the 3 rating level. The show had trouble getting audiences to come to the studio for tapings. Yet Sajak didn't change his demeanor, or his show, at all. Perth came to regard Sajak as one of the least ambitious people in show business. He would come in at noon, tape his show from 5:30 to 6:30, and be out the door by 6:45. The show was collapsing around him, stations left every week, and the distribution system was canceling him before the network did, yet Sajak remained unmoved. See more »


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Another talk show disaster:Pat Sajak
12 October 2006 | by raysondSee all my reviews

Like a "Wheel Of Fortune" contestant attempting to buy "Y",the game-show host couldn't have been thinking too clearly when he accepted a gig as a late-night talk show host. What began as a 90-minute program when it premiered in 1989(the same year that The Arsenio Hall Show came onto the scene as well)on CBS within the first three months was reduced to an hour,but that didn't make it easier for the eternally grinning Pat Sajak to come up with compelling material. His interviewing skills as a late night talk show host were pathetic. He couldn't interview worth a damn. Having the audacity to try to unseat the king of late night-Johnny Carson,Sajak had the drapes,the spotlight,the band,and the couch but not the charisma. Because of this,CBS cancelled his show the following year. One of the few memorable episodes featured an interview with Robbie and Evel Knievel--the other was the one with Joan Rivers,who also had the audacity to unseat Johnny Carson too,but miserably fail.---This was so appropriate because the show itself was a disaster waiting to happen and the executives at CBS knew this too. After Pat Sajak's talk show was cancelled in 1990,CBS would have to wait another three and a half years before they finally hit payola in the competition for the late night talk show format,and they did in the fall of 1993,when they acquired David Letterman from NBC to CBS.

Before long,in 1990,the cancelled "Pat Sajak Show" was replaced by repeats of Jack Lord's crime drama series "Hawaii Five-O" and the Telly Savalas crime drama series "Kojak" along with repeated episodes of either "Columbo" or some other form of entertainment that replaced it for CBS Late Night. Pat Sajak returned to do what he did best-host a game show and this was something he knew how to do,brilliantly and successfully.

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