'The Dennis Miller Show'
Debut: Spring 1992
Lifespan: Canceled by Summer 1992
Ahh, 1992. Bill Clinton had just taken office, the Dream Team was about to dazzle Barcelona at the Summer Olympics, and Dennis Miller was still a liberal-minded comedian. Miller was anchoring Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update desk when NBC approached him about hosting his own alternative late-night talk show. Unfortunately, because of the political nature of the program, it could never find a steady time slot – some red state NBC affiliates scheduled the show at 3 a.m. – and by that summer, The Dennis Miller Show was off NBC completely. In that short time though, Miller did manage to lure the great Bill Hicks onto his show, marking Hicks' lone non-Letterman late-night appearance.