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Tonight! America After Dark

1 9 5 7 (USA)
12 x 105 minute episodes

When Steve Allen and The Tonight Show left the air in January 1957, NBC premiered a new late-night show, Tonight! America After Dark with Jack Lescoulie (pictured below right) as the host.

The show spotlighted after-dark activities of the nation, at work and play through remote pick-ups around the country.

The show visited educational community centres or night spots. It covered Hollywood social functions or hospitals in Chicago.

Columnists Hy Gardner, Earl Wilson and Bob Considine handled the New York scenes. Iry Kupicent was in Chicago, and Paul Coates was on the West Coast.

Regular features were Bob Considine’s summary of the news of the day, ‘The World Tonight’; a Hy Gardner interview segment called ‘Face to Face’; news of the entertainment world on ‘Hy Gardner Time’ and news commentary, human interest stories, and interviews on ‘Considine’s Corner’.

The show ended on 26 July 1957.

Jack Lescoulie
Al “Jazzbo” Collins