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.
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.
(born November 12, 1954) is an American television personality
, and actress
Shear is best known for her role as a host of the USA Network's 1980s/'90s weekend B-movie show, USA Up All Night. From 1991 to 1998 she hosted in-studio and on-location segments that aired on Friday (and later moved to Saturday) nights, replacing comedian Caroline Schlitt (the Friday night host for the show's first few years). Her trademark manner of speaking the show's title - by raising her voice an octave when saying the word "Up"...became a catch phrase. Shear also briefly hosted a comedy program called "Spotlight Cafe," hosted previously by comic Judy Tenuta.
In June 1991, Shear returned to Playboy appearing in the Funny Girls pictorial published by the magazine, with fewer clothes this time. In October 1993 she appeared in her own Playboy pictorial titled "Rhonda Up All Night".