Turner Classic Movies is adding some classic Johnny Carson to its lineup.
The cable network has struck a deal for dozens of vintage Carson interviews with movie and TV stars including Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin and Elizabeth Taylor. Many of the interviews haven't been seen on TV since they originally aired on NBC.
Turner Classic Movies will use the footage to create 10 one-hour specials called "Carson on TCM" that it will start telecasting in the summer of 2013. TCM will also use Carson interviews as interstitial programming in between its regular movie programming when appropriate. For example, if the channel runs a film featuring Jack Lemmon, it will also show an interview the actor did with Carson.
The agreement came about when Peter Jones, who produced the acclaimed PBS documentary "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night," approached TCM to see if it would have interest in getting access to Carson's interviews. Because of Jones' relationship with the Carson Entertainment Group, he was able to secure the rights to the material and then license the footage to TCM.