Not even Danny Cashman himself was convinced that, 10 years ago, “The Nite Show with Danny Cashman” was going to last more than 12 episodes. For all he knew, those 12 episodes would make for a fun collaboration with the New England School of Communications at Husson University, they would air on a local TV affiliate and then that would be the end of it.
But 10 years and 500 episodes later, “The Nite Show” is among the longest-running regional television shows still on air. It is one of just two late-night talk shows in the country produced regionally (the other, “The Mystery Hour with Jeff Houghton,” broadcasts out of Missouri).
“I honestly never could have predicted it would have gone on all this time and sustained itself and grown, year over year,” said Cashman, who by day works at Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications in Bangor. “It’s succeeded beyond anything I could have hoped for.”
The show films its 500th episode Wednesday evening, which broadcasts Saturday night on local TV affiliates in Bangor, Presque Isle and Portland.
An ultra-low-budget first iteration of “The Nite Show” ran for three years in the late 1990s and early 2000s on the Bangor-area WB and UPN affiliates. Then in 2010, eight years after the last episode ran, Cashman, an Old Town native, University of Maine graduate and lifelong lover of late-night television, found himself interested in getting back behind the desk — this time, with a much higher production value.
“When we did it the first time, we were just kids having fun. Today, people wouldn’t watch that. You have to be in high definition, you have to be lit well, it has to sound good, all that stuff,” said Cashman, now 41, but with the same boyish face he had as a 20-year-old first-time host. “And that’s where Husson came in.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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