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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Pat Sajak ...  Himself - Host 12 episodes, 1989-1990
Dan Miller Dan Miller ...  Himself - Announcer 9 episodes, 1989-1990
Geoff Bolt Geoff Bolt ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1989
Franklin Ruehl Franklin Ruehl ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 1989-1990
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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9 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When he first complained about Sajak, Rod Perth had been the general manager of WBBM, the station CBS owned in Chicago. As soon as Sajak's ratings started their inexorable nosedive, Lucy Salhany, the head of Paramount Television, had called Perth in Chicago, telling him he had 24 hours to buy into the suddenly scalding-hot The Arsenio Hall Show (1989). WBBM had strong ties to Paramount, and Salhany was respecting those ties giving Perth first crack at Arsenio Hall in the Chicago market. Perth jumped at the chance, putting Arsenio on the air immediately after Sajak. Having a station that CBS owned snap up Hall only gave the restless CBS affiliates more reason to sign on for Arsenio themselves. But most of them used Hall to replace Sajak. By December 1989, more than fifty CBS stations made the switch, dooming Sajak even as they crowned Arsenio as the first truly viable challenger to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). See more »

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28 June 2014 | by redryan64See all my reviews

THE Phenomenal SUCCESS of the syndicated evening version of game show, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE had a most interesting by product; namely, that is the prolific wit and fine sense of humor possessed by its host. After broadcast experience in Vietnam, Pat Sajac did some variously scattered jobs in the Radio/TV industry. We see that he was a Weatherman at one point.

MAKING THE MOST of being the man who moderates the wheel spinning and introducing his guests, he kept all interested and entertained by using his quick mind in ad-libbing the most laugh getting quips imaginable. He did so consistently, without having to resort to insult or working blue. After all, THE WHEEL is a family show!

SO IT CAME to pass that Mr. Sajac got an offer that he couldn't refuse; not from a Crime Boss, but rather from CBS. They had long wanted a show that would cut into the viewer-ship that THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson. Here was a dichotomy of realities to deal with. On the one hand, this was a great opportunity for Pat Sajac. But, for him or anyone else, it was a long shot; or even a career's suicide.

WELL, THE WHEEL stopped on "Bankrupt" for the show and it lasted only a season. So, luckily (or wisely, we should say)the producers over at Merv Griffin Productions brought him back to his gig as MC.

THE MOVE TO his own talk show could well have worked, had the network not thrown him in to such a "Baptism of Fire." Instead, and we risk being accused of using hindsight-which is always 20-20, the CBS people could have put him on Afternoons with his talk fest. In the same manner that David Letterman's (short) run on NBC, had familiarized us with him, so perhaps nurturing Pat Sajak as a future hot property, instead of wanting instant, blitzkrieg-type of victory.


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