Here’s Johnny! NBC Planning Carson TV Movie
Late night legend Johnny Carson will be the subject of an upcoming NBC miniseries. It’s been more than two decades since the undisputed king of late night gave up his throne at The Tonight Show; a fitting time for folks at the Peacock to revive the star in a made-for-TV biopic.
The proposed miniseries will be based on Bill Zehme’s still-to-be-published biography Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait, Entertainment Weekly said Thursday. The project will tell the life story of the small screen icon, chronicling his journey from small-town Nebraska to the heights of Hollywood and his unprecedented 30-year stint as host of NBC’s flagship late night program.
The story will also offer a glimpse into Carson’s “often secluded off-camera life and friendships he made throughout his career as one of the most beloved TV personalities of all time,” NBC chiefs note. Carson retired from The Tonight Show in 1992. He passed away in 2005.
There’s still little word on which stars could be in the running for the role. Carson was played by impressionist Rich Little in the 1996 HBO movie The Late Shift. That film was inspired by New York Times reporter Bill Carter’s book about the trainwreck that ensued after Carson’s retirement. NBC set off a firestorm when it passed over heir-apparent David Letterman and hired Jay Leno as Carson’s replacement.
Written by Castina on September 19th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture