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Conan O'Brien to Host "Carson on TCM"


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TCM's Facebook site has the news today that Conan O'Brien will start hosting the new "Carson on TCM" feature on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. beginning July 1, 2013.

 

Schedule for "Carson on TCM" here:

http://carson.tcm.com/schedule.php

 

Article from "Hollywood Reporter" about O'Brien's new gig here:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/conan-obrien-hosting-johnny-carson-563565

 

Edited by: RMeingast on Jun 5, 2013 6:10 PM

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>Conan has a late-night show on TBS, which is a sister channel of TCM.

 

AND ironically, Conan has a SISTER that works at TNT CHANNEL! And so he has ALL the bases covered here!

 

(...what's the chances, HUH?!) ;)

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> Why couldn't they be shown without a host?

 

Probably because the Carson show will be featured on Monday nights in July during prime-time and prime-time hours on TCM have a host.

 

Conan is probably going to talk in the intro and outros about the significance of the *Tonight Show* and Johnny Carson especially from the perspective of someone who wanted to grow up to host the show.

 

I can't imagine him spending the time doing stand-up or characters.

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Wow, I'm VERY interested in this! Probably none of these interviews have been seen anywhere since their original air dates (the various Carson compilations for home purchase I've ever seen advertised are strictly his comedy bits, never interviews), and given that a number of interviewees are no longer with us, it will be nice to hear from them. Typically, people went on Carson to promote their latest product, so most of the interveiws will probably be tied to specific movies, which I think will be interesting (for instance, if William Holden was on in 1976, he was almost certainly talking about NETWORK).

 

And Leno is terrible. Conan rules!

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I thought I should clarify something for people who aren't old enough to remember. Unlike the current crop of late night talk shows, Carson reruns were extremely rare. Generally, when Johnny was off for a week, they used guest hosts, and they kept right on putting out new episodes. There was a short time in the early '70s when they did air Tonight Show reruns on Saturday nights. Carson insisted NBC stop doing that because he wanted to save those reruns for weeknights, giving himself an opportunity to take more time off. NBC figured a new episode with a guest host would get better ratings than a rerun with Carson, though, and so reruns hardly ever aired. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE was created mainly to replace the spot for Carson reruns (all this is detailed in the excellent book LIVE FROM NEW YORK by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller). That's why I say it's likely the interviews about to be shown on TCM haven't been aired anywhere since the original air date. Also to my knowledge, no Carson interviews have ever been made available for home purchase, only his comedy routines. So, this footage is quite rare.

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I wonder if any of it will feature some Carson interviews from BEFORE his stint on the "Tonite" show. He did have a few other TV shows before then, and sometimes certain celebrities showed up. And since his Tonite show tenure began in 1962, several old time "stars" were still alive to wind up as guests. I've always lamented about the loss of the older format, when often some celebrity would be on Carson's show just for the hell of it. Neither to promote a new show or movie, just to be ON. Over the years, these kind of shows changed into commercials with a little entertainment thrown in.

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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TCM has licensed 50 interviews from the Carson Entertainment Group. The first batch of 25 air over five Mondays in July, hosted by Conan. The oldest interview is from 1972.

 

Here are some details on the "Carson on TCM" series, along with a list of the first batch of interviews and their original airdates:

 

http://willmckinley.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/paging-art-fern-carson-and-classic-hollywood-together-again-on-tcm/

 

 

 

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>I wonder if any of it will feature some Carson interviews from BEFORE his stint on the "Tonite" show. He did have a few other TV shows before then, and sometimes certain celebrities showed up. And since his Tonite show tenure began in 1962, several old time "stars" were still alive to wind up as guests. I've always lamented about the loss of the older format, when often some celebrity would be on Carson's show just for the hell of it. Neither to promote a new show or movie, just to be ON. Over the years, these kind of shows changed into commercials with a little entertainment thrown in. Sepiatone.

 

I agree with ya here, Sepia! I especially always looked forward to the "Tonite" show's "Xmas" specials!!!

 

LOL

 

(...sorry ol' buddy, couldn't resist ;) ...but yeah, I DO agree with ya here...no kiddin'!)

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TCM has its own website dedicated to the Johnny Carson feature:

http://carson.tcm.com/index.php

 

Overview section of site explains that Conan O'Brien will be introducing the feature and the movie following it will have the last of the stars interviewed by Carson that night:

http://carson.tcm.com/overview.php

 

Schedule for July here:

http://carson.tcm.com/schedule.php

 

Video clips about the show featuring TCM producer Peter Jones here:

http://carson.tcm.com/audio-video.php

 

 

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I had forgotten about that one until I saw a photo of it and then it came back.

I remember the time that Don Rickles was the guest host and he accidently

broke Johnny's beloved cigarette box. When Johnny got back, he noticed it

and was ****. Someone (probably Ed) told him Rickles was the culprit,

and he went over to the studio where they were shooting one of hockey puck's

numerous sitcom failures and gave him hell. That was funny.

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LOL

 

Yeah, I also remember when Johnny marched onto the set of "C.P.O. Sharkey" and gave Rickles the business about that pencil box!

 

(...I think that might've been the only time I ever recall seeing Don being at a loss for words)

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I did a little web surfing and it was a cigarette box, one that Johnny had had

for a number of years, and Ed must have been out that night because Doc was

sitting in Ed's usual spot and was the one who told Johnny about it. Whatever.

I think Sharkey was Rickles' most successful sitcom, it probably lasted more than

one season.

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Video clip here of incident (from Carson's 15th anniversary special):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3niwv_johnny-carson-confronts-don-rickles_fun#.UbXjg9imXAk

 

To know how old I am, I actually watched ``C.P.O. Sharkey`` back in the day, and liked it...

 

The video of Rickles busting the box here: http://rubytooth.com/link/50881

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...and I forgot that there is also a compilation of comedians on the "Ed Sullivan Show" also running now on PBS. I happened to catch an appearance by Alan King, and he was obnoxiously awful. He should have been playing film heavies full-time. He was much better at it.

 

Edited by: finance on Jun 10, 2013 6:17 PM

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