The Good Night Show with Melanie/Leo (partially found children's television series; 2005-2006)

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1st host Melaine and Star.

Status: Partially Found

The Goodnight Show is a TV series that plays between other shows on Sprout (now known as Universal Kids). While Nina & Star's episodes were very popular with audiences, there were two other hosts that came before her, Melanie Martinez (unrelated to the singer) & Noel Macneal played there respected roles between 2005-2006, and a series of unfortunate events in the early years had put the series on a very uncertain future.

History

In September 2005, in a joint venture between Comcast, NBCUniversal, PBS, and HIT Entertainment/Sesame Workshop, PBS Kids Sprout was launched on Comcast and later other cable/satellite providers. The original host was Melanie until mid-July 2006 when the network found some raunchy videos online and fired her, and for a short period of time, the second host was Leo, aka Noel MacNeal, who was the Intern Host from September-December 2006 and because he is a puppeteer, it is believed that he came up with the idea for Lucy the Firefly.

Hosts/Cast

  • Star, a star-shaped puppet, portrayed by Stacia Newcomb, was the show's co-host. Star served as the child character of the show, asking questions about the evening's theme, commenting to the main host about the segment (such as the Good Night Game), or encouraging viewers to follow him as he performed nighttime routines such as brushing his teeth or reading a bedtime story. Star debuted shortly before the departure of the program's original host, "Melanie." and stuck around throughout the rest of the series.
  • Lucy the Firefly is a firefly puppet who was introduced with Noel Macneal; she was featured in games in animated form, such as "Lucy Light the Way"; in this game, viewers were shown parts of a picture (as though they were illuminated by a firefly's light) and then guessed what the picture represented, and used to introduce shows starting with Noel Macneal
  • Hush was a real-life goldfish who was originally used to introduce show segments with Melaine.

Host Episodes

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

Many of the elements and segments had largely remained the same when the show switched hosts like "Moonbeam Wheel, Sprout-o-Scope, Stretching, Poems, Sign Language, etc." but after Melaine's departure and the show switched hosts, several segments were cut out such as: "Goodnight Tales and Shadow Play" for unknown reasons.

Season 2 has two known versions, one With Melanie and Star that aired in July 2006,[1] several weeks before she got fired,[2] and another re-taped version with Noel Macneal "Leo" & Star that aired from September-December 2006.

Availability

Up until 2016, Melaine Martinez's version of The Good Night Show was completely missing, but now has a couple of clips and a partially lost episode titled "Bath And Bubble Time" available online, And as of September 5th, 2020, Several Clips of Noel Macneal's Version have finally resurfaced [3]

Since these variations of the show are so obscure nowadays, and aired at a time when the Sprout channel wasn't nearly as popular or well known as it would later become, it is not fully known how many episodes were produced & aired for Melaine Martinez & Noel Macneal's seasons of the show, What we do know is that Noel Macneal has worked on the show before becoming Guest Host, Helped co-produce 24 episodes for the show & was the author of several songs for the show [4], and we also know 18 of the Episode Titles/Topics for Melanie Martinez's First Season., But what we don't fully know is how many in total were made for the First Season, and because the original Second Season had such a short run on Sprout, and PBS really did try to erase the exisitance of her all together due to the controversy, we don't know how many episodes were produced, let alone how many of them actually aired., We also don't know how many episodes were Produced/Aired for Noel Macneal's version of the show & don't know if there was just one episode, or if there were multiple episodes discussing different topics like the Former & Latter hosts

List of Known Episodes

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
[5]

Gallery

Hosts/Cast

Miscellaneous

Clips

Clip of Noel Macneal's Version of GNS.
Goodnight Song "Noel Macneal aka Leo's Version."
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).


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