Weekend was an NBC network newsmagazine series which first premiered on October 20, 1974.
The show was originally aired once monthly on Saturday nights from 11:30 P.M. to 1 A.M. Eastern time, the same time slot as Saturday repeats of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" during its first season, then to replace "Saturday Night Live" once a month on those weekends when the SNL cast was not producing a show.
The program was hosted by Lloyd Dobyns, who also did much of the reporting.
In 1978, after four years of critical success and moderately good ratings for that hour, NBC moved "Weekend" to prime time.
After airing once a month in various time slots in September, October and November, the network placed the program weekly on Saturday nights at 10 P.M. Eastern time starting in December 1978. Linda Ellerbee was added as Dobyns' co-host and co-lead reporter.
Placed against strong programs on ABC and CBS, the show eventually died of poor ratings. A few years later, Ellerbee and Dobyns reunited to anchor another late-night NBC news program, "NBC News Overnight".
The program was known for an offbeat format, a somewhat less serious tone than such programs as "60 Minutes"; comic relief included the use of humorous images (e.g., a trio of magazine covers, New York, The New Yorker and the completely fictitious New Yorkest), and the occasional animated cartoon, such as Mr. Hipp.
At the end of each broadcast (until the program began airing weekly), a sequence would be played of a rotating phonograph record with voiceover explaining when the next broadcast would take place.
In the spring of 1978, when "Weekend"'s late-night run ended, Dobyns noted that "Your Subscription Has Expired", but stated that the show would be back that fall in prime-time. At the end of the last broadcast in 1979, the voice intoned, "...there will be no more Weekends."