NIGHT FLIGHT HAS FLOWN, BUT THE MOUSSE HAS LANDED

NIGHT FLIGHT HAS FLOWN, BUT THE MOUSSE HAS LANDED

You kids with your '80s nostalgia may think the MTV of 25 years ago was all Day-Glo and Duran Duran, but the truth is the cool years were tragically brief. MTV did debut with a fairly exclusive new wave bent — mostly because no one but David Bowie and Devo even made music videos before 1981 — but the channel soon turned into a Quiet Riot/Madonna/Richard Marx blah-fest. Luckily, if you had cable, you also had USA Network. Back then, USA offered barely more than rerun recycling, and left its late-night weekend programming to a show called Night Flight. For four hours every Friday and Saturday, the kookiest short films, dub parodies, and alt-music videos ("Dog Police," anyone?) made their way into the '80s teenage consciousness. Tonight, Stuart Shapiro, the creator of Night Flight (which, in 1988, USA replaced with Gilbert Gottfried/Rhonda Shear B-movie meltdown Up All Night), appears for a Q&A, following a selection of the series' best moments.
Thu., Aug. 27, 8 p.m., 2009