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Series: Fernwood Tonight

Left to right: Barth Gimble and Jerry Hubbard.

"Tonight from Fernwood, Fernwood Tonight! Coming to you almost live!"

Fernwood Tonight (sometimes stylized as Fernwood 2 Night) is a satirical talk show that was created by Norman Lear in 1977. The show is hosted by Barth Gimble (Martin Mull), a leisure-suited Smug Smiler (who may or may not be evading extradition to Florida). Jerry Hubbard (Fred Willard) is the clueless announcer and co-host who always manages to say exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time. The show ran five nights a week in first-run syndication for a total of 65 episodes. The following year, it was retooled as America Tonight.


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