The Good Night Show with Melanie/Leo (partially found PBS Kids Sprout series; 2005-2006)

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1st host Melaine and Star.

Status: Partially Found

The Good Night Show is a childern's television block, with segments that aired in a blockisode format between other shows on Sprout (now known as Universal Kids). While Michele Lepe became very popular with audiences, there were two other, more obscure hosts that came before her "Melanie Martinez (the actor) & Noel Macneal" who played there respective roles between 2005-2006, and a series of unfortunate events put the series on a uncertain future in it's early years.

History[edit | edit source]

On September 26th, 2005 with a joint venture between Comcast, NBCUniversal, PBS, and HiT Entertainment/Sesame Workshop, PBS Kids Sprout first launched on Comcast (later on other cable & satellite providers) and The Good Night Show also premiered on the same day.

Hosts/Cast[edit | edit source]

Melanie Martinez[edit | edit source]

in Season 1 it was Melanie & Hush doing various activities every night like Singing Songs, Telling Stories, Performing yoga stretches, Making crafts, Playing games, Introducing shows, etc., and Season 2A expanded upon the show's format with teaching words in Spanish & Sign Language, having real sproutlets alongside Melanie in yoga poses & Introducing a new Co-Host called Star who played along with the main host Melanie on there nighttime adventures.[1]

Controversy[edit | edit source]

Unfortunately Melanie didn't remain as host for long because in July 2006, shortly after Season 2A premiered, two unauthorized uploads of raunchy Public Service Announcements that she starred in before working at sprout resurfaced online, although she claims that the information was disclosed in her resume when applying for the job several years prior, when disclosing it again her bosses claimed that they had no idea and was promptly fired by PBS later that same month for "inappropriate dialogue".[2][3]

Noel Macneal "Leo"[edit | edit source]

From Sept-Dec 2006, Noel Macneal (More famously known as Bear in Bear in The Big Blue House) became an intern host on The Good Night Show for Season 2B,[4] alongside Star & Hush, introduced (& Wildly speculated that he created) a new puppet character called Lucy the Firefly who from that point on would introduce shows & hang out with Leo in the Goodnight Garden. during his time on the show "Moonbeam Wheel, Yoga & Craft" segments were suspended, Shadow Play was permanently removed, Goodnight Tales was modified to a different storytime segment, and a brand new segment where the host asks a question & sproutlets provide answers was also introduced.

Co-Hosts/Supporting Characters[edit | edit source]

  • Star, a Child-Like star shaped pillow who is portrayed by Stacia Newcomb, serves as the main co-host, first introduced with Melanie in Season 2A and stuck around for the rest of the series run, has conversations, provides commentary, asks questions, plays along with the host during various activities through each adventure & encourages viewers to perform various bedtime routines.
  • Lucy the Firefly, a puppet character that was first introduced with Noel Macneal in Season 2B, is used to introduce shows & also hangs out in the goodnight garden when Noel Macneal was the host.
  • Hush the Fish is a real-life goldfish that was originally used to introduce shows in Seasons 1 & 2A with Melanie, but then starting in Season 2B was scaled back to a minor character when Lucy was introduced.

Host Episodes[edit | edit source]

# Host Name Co-Host(s) Season(s) Original Air Date Status
1 Melanie Star & Hush Season 1, Season 2A Sept 26th, 2005-Mid July 2006 Partially Found
2 Leo Star, Lucy & Hush Season 2B Sept 10th-Dec 17th, 2006 Partially Found

List of Known Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Episode Status
Bath & Bubble Time Partially Lost
Pets Lost
Dreams Lost
Sunrise and Sunset Lost
The Dark Lost
Moon and Stars Lost
Imaginary Friends Lost
Fairies Lost
Night Noises Lost
Nocturnal Animals Lost
Babysitters Lost
Camping Lost
Growing Lost
People Who Work At Night Partially Found
Bedtime Routines Lost
Time & Clocks Lost
Shadows & Friendly Monsters Lost
Stories Lost

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Availability[edit | edit source]

Prior to April 2016, it was assumed that Melanie Martinez's version of The Good Night Show was completely wiped away, but since then clips & a partially lost episode "Bath & Bubble Time" have resurfaced online. the same was assumed for Noel Macneal's version of the show as well until one day on September 5th, 2020 Noel himself uploaded 2 clips of the show on his Instagram Page. [6] & on January 26th, 2022 a partially lost episode of his version has also resurfaced. And since these variations of the show aired at a time when sprout was alot less popular & known, they have become pretty obscure, and information on exactly how many episodes were produced & aired for both hosts is difficult to figure out nowadays.

Speculation[edit | edit source]

  • For example in Season 1 we know that there's around 20-ish episodes for Melanie Martinez, but we only have confirmation of 18 episode titles & 1 other episode with a few clips but the episode name is not properly known (something to do with teddy bears). for Season 2A with Melanie & Star, we only have a few screenshots & several seconds of footage of this version, yet it's difficult to say how many episodes were produced, let alone aired & if we'll ever get anymore footage because it only aired for a few weeks on TV.
  • in the case of Noel Macneal while we know that he co-produced episodes of the show, wrote several songs,[7] & now have more information about what a typical episode is like with potential confirmation that multiple episodes could've been created for him, a big question still remains on exactly how many were produced & aired because this information was never documented on the former Sprout website or anywhere else online.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Hosts/Cast[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Clips[edit | edit source]

Goodnight song "Melanie version."
The Good Night Show Melanie craft segment.
The Good Night Show original season 2 reel with Star (0:30-1:05).
Opening of Noel Macneal's Version of GNS.
Goodnight Song "Noel Macneal aka Leo's Version."
Partially Found Episode of Noel Macneal on GNS.


See Also[edit | edit source]

The Good Night Show[edit | edit source]

Bumpers[edit | edit source]

PBS[edit | edit source]

PBS Kids[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]