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September 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Heeeerrrrre's Johnny! NBC announced Thursday it is developing a miniseries about late night pioneer Johnny Carson. The project will be based on Bill Zehme's  "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement.  The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show. "  And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Joan Rivers returned to "The Tonight Show" Thursday after being banned for nearly three decades. The 80-year-old comic was welcomed by host Jimmy Fallon for her first sit-down interview in 26 years since a feud with former host Johnny Carson made her persona non grata at the network. Carson is credited with discovering the sharp-tongued Rivers in the '60s. He made her a writer on his show, and she even dedicated her book "Enter Talking" to him. But when she got her own competing, late-night talker on Fox in 1986, the pair fell out and never spoke again.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2012
'American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night' Where: KOCE When: 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | David Colker
Comedian David Brenner, who vaulted to fame through his appearances on the "Tonight Show" in the 1970s, died at home in New York on Saturday. The cause was cancer, said his former publicist, Jeff Abraham, who issued a statement on behalf of Brenner's family. He was 78. Brenner was working as recently as December, with club dates in Toronto and other spots, Abraham said. The comedian was a favorite of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson at a time when appearances on the late-night program could ensure success for a comic.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
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.
NEWS
May 22, 1992 | Jerry Hicks and Dennis McLellan and Ann Conway
JOHNNY TRIVIA: What person from Orange County made more appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" than anyone else? Answer: Lido Isle's Joey Bishop, above, who made a combined 206 guest and substitute host shows. Bishop, 74, who tried to dethrone Carson but failed with his ABC show after two years, says Carson was always kind to him. And now television without Carson?
OPINION
January 25, 2005
Re Johnny Carson obituary, Jan. 24: He listened, he admired, he sat in awe watching the parade of guests that he welcomed to his late-night show every night. He made them feel welcomed and comfortable as though they were guests in his own home. Carson was a gentleman and didn't find it necessary to ridicule, embarrass or tear down anyone. He was the master at his craft, and it really was entertainment of the highest quality. Thanks for the laughs. Frances Terrell Lippman Los Angeles Carson was the consummate interviewer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Scott Collins
It's anyone's guess how viewers will react to the changes at NBC's "Tonight Show" next month. But new host Jimmy Fallon is pretty sure he would get a thumbs-up from his predecessors. "I wish Steve Allen or Johnny Carson were still alive. They'd be proud of what we're doing," Fallon, currently the host of NBC's "Late Night," said during a recent promotional swing through Los Angeles. "In our heads, we've been doing the 'Tonight Show' for five years. We're just on at a later hour. " The time slot will change Feb. 17, when Fallon takes over the 11:35 p.m. "Tonight" desk from Jay Leno, the show's longtime host.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
On Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," his first musical guests, the legendary Irish rock band U2, performed their first song perched precariously on the roof of Rockefeller Center with the New York City skyline and a golden dusk shimmering in the background. That moment served dramatic notice that the show had left Burbank far behind. More than four decades ago, when Johnny Carson moved the show west, the Big Apple was looking rotten while Los Angeles had become the entertainment capital of the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ed Hookstratten, a lawyer and agent whose powerful roster of clients made him a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of sports, entertainment and journalism, died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home of complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 83. Known as a kingmaker, Hookstratten had a client list that included Elvis Presley, Johnny Carson, Tom Brokaw, Marcus Allen, Pat Riley and Vin Scully. He was also general counsel of the Los Angeles Rams, holding tremendous sway over the franchise for several years as well as several other National Football League teams because he represented many top head coaches, including George Allen.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Scott Collins
It's anyone's guess how viewers will react to the changes at NBC's "Tonight Show" next month. But new host Jimmy Fallon is pretty sure he would get a thumbs-up from his predecessors. "I wish Steve Allen or Johnny Carson were still alive. They'd be proud of what we're doing," Fallon, currently the host of NBC's "Late Night," said during a recent promotional swing through Los Angeles. "In our heads, we've been doing the 'Tonight Show' for five years. We're just on at a later hour. " The time slot will change Feb. 17, when Fallon takes over the 11:35 p.m. "Tonight" desk from Jay Leno, the show's longtime host.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Heeeerrrrre's Johnny! NBC announced Thursday it is developing a miniseries about late night pioneer Johnny Carson. The project will be based on Bill Zehme's  "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement.  The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show. "  And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Susan King
Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC's "The Tonight Show," Johnny Carson is back on television, thanks to Turner Classic Movies' new weekly series, "Carson on TCM," which premieres at 5 p.m. Monday. TCM will air selected interviews this month featuring some of the biggest stars who appeared during Carson's 30 years behind the desk at "The Tonight Show. " Most of these interviews have not been seen in their entirety since they originally aired. Unabashed Carson fan Conan O'Brien, the host of TBS' late-night "Conan" series whose short-lived stint as the host of "The Tonight Show" ended in 2010, emcees the 25 interviews that will be shown.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Ray Donovan" (Showtime, Sunday). There are many things built into the bones of this new series starring Liev Schrieber -- Liev Schrieber, people! -- that would tend to raise red flags and set off warning sirens in my brain. Another tale of the bad people of Hollywood, their egos and appetites and the stunning lack of self-awareness they mistake for a stunning degree of self-awareness; another messed-up Irish American family, sporting accents that inevitably make me think of the Donaghys of "30 Rock" -- another handsome anti-hero for the ranks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
When Jimmy Fallon takes over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in February 2014, he's not just getting an upgrade in his start time, he's also getting a billing promotion. As first pointed out by the Huffington Post, Fallon's "Tonight Show" will be titled "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. " That's a throwback to late-night king Johnny Carson's reign, when the show was titled "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. " Both hosts to take over the show after Carson, Leno and Conan O'Brien, got a less prestigious "With" in the title.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The trailblazing comic improviser Jonathan Winters, who died Thursday at age 87, was a seminal influence on scores of comedians and the person Robin Williams credits as his mentor. Winters' high energy, unpredictable and often surreal comic riffs included an array of characters, reenactments of movie scenes and pointed, quick-morphing sound effects that he often produced on the spot.  Take, for example, his 1964 appearance on "The Jack Paar Program. " In order to illustrate Winters' genius for creating comedy out of thin air, Paar gave him a simple wooden stick.
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