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Johnny Carson: King of Late Night - Anyone gonna watch?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Steveknj, May 14, 2012.

  1. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

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    Agreed. I was watching this, and my 16 yo daughter was in the room. She doesn't have a clue who Johnny was, but she was drawn in just by all of the kind words from all of the celebs who's careers he'd launched.

    One thing that wasn't mentioned: Whenever Letterman told a joke that Johnny faxed in, he finished it with a golf swing.
     
  2. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I remember after Johnny died, the very next episode Letterman's entire monologue was made up of jokes Johnny faxed in to him over the last few months. Pretty nice touch.
     
  3. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    IMHO the greatest thing about Johnny is how he always made his guest look good. He knew how to pull back and let his guest have the spotlight.

    So many other hosts want to draw the audience's attention back to themselves.
     
  4. sharkster

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    I just watched it today and thought it was excellent. IMO, it was not slanted either way. It seemed very even-handed and honest.

    I didn't actually know how very talented he was! I didn't know he could sing and play musical instruments. Didn't know about the magic. Good show. I was surprised to see that it was 2 hours and figured - no biggie...I'll watch it in an hour and a half. oopsie! No commercials. (since it was PBS I expected a couple long money drive segments) But I loved the entire 2 hours.
     
  5. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

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    Is this rerunning? Now I'm kinda wishing I'd watched it (intended to and then flat forgot.)
     
  6. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

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    I just checked the Tivo guide and I have it airing at 4am on both SD & HD PBS channels, Friday at 9pm (both), and Monday 5/21 4am (both).

    I don't know if every market is the same, however, but that'll give you a place to start.
     
  7. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

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    Thank you.

    The on thing I do not care for about DirecTV is the search function on my DVR. It's SLOW.
     
  8. Wil

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    His "craft" had a total workforce of one; he was unique. Not the most important or significant role a human could aspire to, but it was something nobody had ever done before or ever will.

    Steve Allen was more creative, as was Letterman later on; Paar was far more interesting. But "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" was an incredibly entertaining one-time phenomenon.
     
  9. Jeff_in_Bklyn

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    I just watch it and loved it. I laughed and cried. He was truly one of a kind.
     
  10. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    Thanks for the heads up!

    I had no idea this show was on. TiVo's set to record it.
     
  11. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

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    Yup, I agree completely. The irony, and Letterman touched on it in the piece, was that it was silly to think that the next person to get handed the torch to The Tonight Show, would be the next Johnny Carson. There was only one Carson, and often people didn't even refer to it as "The Tonight Show" at all. They would simply say things like, "Did you see that guy on The Johnny Carson Show last night?" He was the show. Not the name. Not the format, as others tried to duplicate. It was him, his show.

    Letterman not getting "The Tonight Show" didn't really matter after all.
    Because Jay Was never, and will never be Johnny.
     
  12. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Agreed, but Johnny wasn't Jack Parr and Parr wasn't Steve Allen. They all work within the format, but they all have (and should have) their own personalities. Some work, some don't.

    Haven't seen this yet. I'll probably get to it once the summer season is in high gear and have less to watch.
     
  13. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

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  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    Nope, but I will eventually.
     
  15. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Writer Mark Evanier, a Carson fan who knows a thing or two about comedy, has a few thoughts about this show.
     
  16. brianric

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    One thing that surprised me was the failure of PBS to mention was the run on toilet paper nationwide when Carson cracked a joke on a shortage that the Government had on obtaining single ply toilet paper.
     
  17. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I have taken a couple personality tests, twice it told me that the celebrity my personality most resembled is Johnny Carson. After seeing shows about his personality, I agree with those tests. I have no problem presenting or talking in public, but I am not the biggest fan of socializing.
     
  18. inaka

    inaka Well-Known Member

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    I sure hope you don't smoke.
     
  19. mattack

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    The book's far better.. and I have, but haven't yet read, essentially the sequel... about the Conan/Leno thing.
     
  20. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW

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    Yeah, I do want to watch that sometime.
     

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