American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premieres nationally Monday, May 14 at 9 pm (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings).
This year is the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over The Tonight Show from Jack Paar and the 20th anniversary of Carson's retirement.In this new documentary, two-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones explores the TV giant's life and career via unprecedented access to Carson's personal and professional archives, including all existing episodes of The Tonight Show (1962-1992) and 45 original interviews with family, colleagues, and performers who appeared, began or were influenced by The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: David Letterman, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, David Steinberg, Angie Dickinson, Dick Cavett, Doc Severinsen, Drew Carey, and many others. Kevin Spacey narrates.
American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night will stream at http://pbs.org/americanmasters after the premiere and be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 7, 2012 through PBS Distribution.
Look for an interview with Director Peter Jones in the upcoming issue of The Comic Bible Magazine