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Full Length Johnny Carson "Tonight Show" Episodes To Air On Antenna T.V. Beginning Jan 1

  • CinemaRetro
The original three amigos: band leader Doc Severinsen, Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon.

By Lee Pfeiffer

It's almost too good to be true. After long, complex negotiations the cable channel Antenna TV has closed a deal to begin showing full length vintage episodes of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" beginning January 1. The shows will provide a fascinating time capsule that extends over Carson's thirty years hosting of the iconic NBC late night program. Full one hour episodes will air on weeknights while earlier 90 minute episodes will be telecast on weekends. In today's age of basically crass, dumbed-down interview shows, Carson's "Tonight" episodes will probably resonate better than ever. The show would present an astonishing array of guests that represented everyone from legendary actors and singers to literary figures and politicians. For a generation that grew up on the show it will be great to hear Ed McMahon once again bellow,
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Bill Cosby Was Very Confused on The ‘Tonight Show’ (Video)

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Bill Cosby Was Very Confused on The ‘Tonight Show’ (Video)
Jimmy Fallon's “Tonight Show” proved to be very different from the version Bill Cosby last visited in New York City. The 76-year-old comedy legend was in fine form on Wednesday night, employing a bit that asserted his elder statesman status while also poking fun at the generation gap between himself and the show's host, Jimmy Fallon. Later, this included giving Fallon an impromptu piggyback ride. See video: Jimmy Fallon and Jude Law Made Terrifyingly Ugly Faces on the ‘Tonight Show’ Maybe it was a little inside baseball that Cosby pretended to be looking for Carson bandleader Doc Severinsen (and
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'Big Jaw' vs. the World: A history of Jay Leno hate

'Big Jaw' vs. the World: A history of Jay Leno hate
Fact #1: Jay Leno has been the most popular late night host in America for the majority of the past 19 years.

Fact #2: Comedians, Hollywood insiders, and laypeople alike just love hating on Leno, and have been doing so consistently for over 20 years.

Why? In their minds, the reasons are legion: Because he stole The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s rightful heir, David Letterman, way back in the early ’90s. Because he refused to simply retire when NBC tried to replace him with Conan O’Brien in 2009. Because his primetime Jay Leno Show tanked, sinking Conan’s Tonight Show
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I Stand Corrected: A Tale of a Left-Handed Bassist

For some documentaries to work, all the director needs to do is turn on the camera and let her subjects chat away. In I Stand Corrected, there's chatting plus the bonus of some real fine jazz, the interplay of which combines to create a simple, compelling look at a very brave, extremely talented woman, Jennifer Leitham.

The thrust of the tale, though, is that, after a highly successful career as a southpaw player of the double bass, appearing with the likes of Mel Torme and George Shearing, at age 48, Ms. Leitham underwent sex reassignment surgery. Yes, she started out life as a John.

Growing up in Redding, Pennsylvania, in the '50s, was no picnic for a lad who used to sneak into the closets of his mom and his best friends' sisters to try on their dresses. John knew then that was what made him happy. "My body was
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Longtime 'Tonight Show' drummer Ed Shaughnessy dies

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Longtime 'Tonight Show' drummer Ed Shaughnessy dies
Los Angeles (AP) — Ed Shaughnessy, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died in Southern California. He was 84. William Selditz, a close family friend, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1albfp7 ) that Shaughnessy had a heart attack Friday at his home in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles. The New Jersey native began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. He replaced Buddy Rich in Tommy Dorsey's band. In the mid-1950s Shaughnessy became a staff musician at CBS. From 1963 to...
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Carson Made Jokes At NBC's Expense Once, Too

Carson Made Jokes At NBC's Expense Once, Too
New York -- Here's one of countless punch lines at NBC's expense: On returning from vacation, our "Tonight" show host tells of being warmly greeted at the airport by the network boss – "just before he put my shackles back on."

Sound familiar? Well, this wisecrack was lobbed by Johnny Carson in a monologue that aired nearly 50 years ago.

Compare it to one of the multitude of jokes from current host Jay Leno mocking NBC as it reportedly tries not to shackle him but, rather, send him packing:

"T-Mobile announced they're doing away with contracts," he declared in a monologue this week. "Apparently they got the idea from NBC."

I hate to add to the tonnage of words speculating on Jimmy Fallon as the post-Leno host of a "Tonight" show relocating to New York. But I can't help recalling my early devotion to "Tonight" back when it, and Carson, called New York home – and how,
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Today Is The 20th Anniversary Of Johnny Carson's Farewell

Today Is The 20th Anniversary Of Johnny Carson's Farewell
On May 22, 1992, Johnny Carson ended his 30-year reign as the host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Twenty years after his final broadcast, Carson remains unmatched as an American television icon.

Carson's abilities as a television host set the prototype for all late-night hosts who would come after him. Effortlessly likable, quick on his feet and always present, his monologue and guest interviews were a staple of the American cultural diet. In the new PBS documentary "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night," his one-time permanent guest host Joan Rivers called Carson "the ultimate straight man," praising his ability to let his guests have the spotlight during interviews.

One of his successors, Conan O'Brien, said in the documentary that his forebear's greatest slight of hand was to simultaneously appear innocent as well as "the coolest guy in the room."

"Johnny is to comedy what Walter Cronkite was to news,
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Today Is The 20th Anniversary Of Johnny Carson's Farewell

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Today Is The 20th Anniversary Of Johnny Carson's Farewell
On May 22, 1992, Johnny Carson ended his 30-year reign as the host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Twenty years after his final broadcast, Carson remains unmatched as an American television icon.

Carson's abilities as a television host set the prototype for all late-night hosts who would come after him. He was effortlessly likable, quick on his feet and always present; his monologue and guest interviews were a staple of the American cultural diet. In the new PBS documentary "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night," his one-time permanent guest host Joan Rivers called Carson "the ultimate straight man," praising his ability to let his guests have the spotlight during interviews.

One of his successors, Conan O'Brien, said in the documentary that his forebear's greatest slight of hand was to simultaneously appear innocent as well as "the coolest guy in the room."

"Johnny is to comedy what Walter Cronkite was to news,
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Johnny Carson: Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno help honor the King of Late Night TV

From 1962 to 1992, keeping America entertained late at night largely was the duty of one man.

And it was a task Johnny Carson performed willingly and enjoyably, as his iconic status as longtime caretaker of NBC's "The Tonight Show" confirms. David Letterman's new CBS contract will make him the longest-running after-hours host in television history, but even he acknowledges the late Carson was the king -- as does PBS' highly enjoyable, thoughtfully organized "American Masters" profile "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night," debuting Monday, May 14 (check local listings).

"It's always nice to look back when you're looking at good things," reasons trumpeter Doc Severinsen, Carson's bandleader for 25 of the 30 years of his "Tonight" tenure. "I don't think there was ever a day when we didn't realize where we were and what we had, but that would be true for Ed (McMahon, Carson's perennial announcer and sidekick) and me probably more than for Johnny.
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TV Review: ‘American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night’

Chicago – There is arguably no icon on a higher pedestal in the history of television than Johnny Carson, the man who didn’t just host “The Tonight Show” for three decades but became a cultural fixture. We let Johnny into our homes and trusted him in ways that I believe just can’t happen again in a more cynical TV age. He was a nightly visitor for millions and the new PBS documentary about him, “American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” is one of the best TV history documentaries yet produced.

TV Rating: 5.0/5.0

Why is “King of Late Night” so captivating? Not only did the filmmakers get unprecedented access to Johnny’s personal and professional archives, they knew how to use those clips to tell his story. With Carson and Ed McMahon gone, they can’t be interviewed, but Carson dropped many biographical nuggets over the course of the show.
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PBS American Masters' Documentary on Johnny Carson a no miss, May 14

.American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night. will premiere Monday, May 14, at 9pm Et/Pt and stream after the premiere at http://pbs.org/americanmasters ; http://pbs.org/americanmasters The late, great American institution and comedic genius Johnny Carson, host of the "Tonight Show," is celebrated in the new documentary, .American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,. by filmmakers Peter Jones and Susan Lacy. This exhaustive and compelling film reveals the layers of Carson's sometimes troubled life and stellar career, with sidekick Ed McMahon at his side. Narrated by Kevin Spacey, tons of archival footage is woven with interviews of those deeply influenced by Carson, like Jay Leno, Doc Severinsen, David Letterman, Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O.Brien
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Doc Severinsen on Johnny Carson: 'I wish he were alive now'

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Doc Severinsen is happy to help keep Johnny Carson's flame burning.

His own career benefits, too, since the often colorfully attired trumpeter and ex-bandleader of NBC's "The Tonight Show" continues to tour and also do engagements with various symphony orchestras. "It's a respect for the past, but a love for right now," Severinsen tells Zap2it of his current appearances that always include the unmistakable "Johnny's Theme," composed by Paul Anka.

"I'm glad to be in the moment, and I'm thankful to be alive and to still be able to play the horn ... and to want to go out and do it," adds Severinsen, who recently completed a tour with his current band. "And as long as that's how I feel about it, that's what I'll be doing. I have about three sets of alimony checks that go out every week, so I really mean it!"

Severinsen is among
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Rickey Minor talks new 'Tonight Show' gig, current season of 'Idol': 'They just have to break out of their shells'

Rickey Minor talks new 'Tonight Show' gig, current season of 'Idol': 'They just have to break out of their shells'
Rickey Minor might have landed his new gig just over 24 hours ago, but The Tonight Show has been on his mind for decades. "As a kid, watching [The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson bandleader] Doc Severinsen, I can't say that I wasn't enamored with it," Minor tells EW. "What musician is not looking at this institution, one of the iconic shows that has live music?" And now, since Minor will be following in Severinsen's and, more recently, Kevin Eubanks' footsteps as The Tonight Show's bandleader, he's prepared for the work ahead, which includes fostering a relationship with the show's host, Jay Leno. "It's like a marriage,
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Exclusive: Rickey Minor Talks Leaving 'American Idol' For 'Tonight Show'

' 'The Tonight Show' is the perfect platform for me,' he tells MTV News after nine-year stint as 'Idol' bandleader.

By Gil Kaufman

Rickey Minor

Photo: Maury Phillips/ WireImage

Rickey Minor has graced a lot of major stages in his decades-long career as a bandleader and music director, but his upcoming move to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" has the veteran arranger very excited.

" 'The Tonight Show' is the perfect platform for me," Minor told MTV News on Wednesday (April 14), the day after news emerged that he would be leaving "Idol" after six seasons to replace Kevin Eubanks as Jay Leno's latest musical foil on the venerable late-night talker.

Minor, who in addition to running the "Idol" band for six years has been the musical director for the Super Bowl, Grammys and People's Choice Awards, as well as for Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera,
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A great headshot works on two levels. First, aesthetically: It looks good to the eye, even upside down. It grabs the viewer's attention and pulls him or her in. Agents and casting directors receive thousands of headshots a month. Yours has to stand out, grabbing that industry insider by the lapels and saying "Look at me!"Second, a great headshot makes it easy for agents and CDs to mentally cast the actor. They should be able to imagine him or her in certain types of roles: "This actor would make a great romantic lead." "That one would make a great villain." The headshot should be specific enough to define the actor in terms of elements of a type, but not so specific that it limits the actor to only one role. No single headshot can represent all the possible characters that a talented actor could play, but an effective headshot
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The balcony is closed

Gene and me in the 1980s. Looking at this photograph by Chicago's Victor Skrebneski, Gene said, "Even our mothers don't think we look that good."

(Photo by Victor Skrebneski)

I was surprised how depressed I felt all day on July 21, when Richard and I announced we were leaving the "Ebert and Roeper" program. To be sure, our departures were voluntary. We hadn't been fired. And because of my health troubles, I hadn't appeared on the show for two years. But I advised on co-hosts, suggested movies, stayed in close communication with Don DuPree, our beloved producer-director. The show remained in my life. Now, after 33 years, it was gone--taken in a "new direction." And I was fully realizing what a large empty space it left behind.

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Members of the Ebert & Roeper team pose for a farewell photo after taping the last show. Left to right are producer David Plummer, audio engineer
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