USA Up All Night
|USA Up All Night|
One of logos of USA Up All Night
|Also known as||Up All Night
Up All Night with Rhonda Shear
|Created by||Marty Byk|
|Written by||Alex Bernstein
Tim Conway, Jr.
|Directed by||Marty Byk
|Presented by||Gilbert Gottfried
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||420 minutes|
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original run||1989 – 1998|
USA Up All Night (also known as Up All Night and Up All Night with Rhonda Shear) is an American cable television series that aired weekly on Friday and Saturday nights on the USA Network. The show aired from 1989 to 1998.
The program consisted of low-budget films, bookended by in-studio or on-location comedy skits featuring the show's hosts. In addition to skits, the hosts would also provide sardonic comments about the featured film(s), and observations on various Hollywood- and/or New York City-area clubs and attractions (when the series was shooting out of studio).
The movies aired ranged from cult classics, to B movies, to other fare not appearing on television frequently. Up All Night would regularly show sexploitation films, with the explicit content edited out.
The series began in January 1989 with comic Gilbert Gottfried on Saturdays in the east coast. After the show successfully took off, half-way through that same year, a Friday night show on the west coast with actress/comedienne Caroline Schlitt was added. When Schlitt left the program in 1990, comedienne/B-movie actress Rhonda Shear replaced her on Fridays, beginning in January 1991.
In 1998, USA came under the new management of Barry Diller, and decided to go for a more general and upscale type of viewer. This meant many of USA's long-running series were either overhauled or canceled – Up All Night ended up among the latter. The network relieved Shear and Gottfried of their hosting duties (while still showing the Up All Night imagery before/after commercial breaks), and began airing re-runs of mainstream films that appealed to a broader audience. Eventually, the Up All Night name, music, and graphics were completely removed from the films.
- Hofstede, David (2004). What Were They Thinking: The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 18. ISBN 0-8230-8441-8.
- USA Up All Night at the Internet Movie Database
- USA Up All Night at TV.com
- Various Rhonda Shear segments from Up All Night
- Up All Night bumper narrated by Gilbert Gottfried
- Up All Night commercial featuring Gilbert Gottfried
- Caroline Schlitt