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Johnny Carson Honored as ‘King of Late Night’ in American Masters PBS Documentary

Johnny Carson Honored as 'King of Late Night' in American Masters PBS Documentary

In the mood to look backwards to the early days of late night TV?  To mark the the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over the ‘Tonight Show’ from Jack Paar, as well as the 20th anniversary of Carson’s retirement from television, this coming Monday, PBS will honor Johnny Carson as the “King of Late Night” in an American Masters documentary.  Conan O’Brien, as well as many members of the ‘Tonight Show’ team, from writers Raymond Siller and Paul Block to musician Doc Severinsen, will reflect on the personality and influence of the late television host.  

The documentary premieres on PBS Monday, May 14, 2012.

Watch Coronation of the King on PBS. See more from American Masters.

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I remember when he passed away, CNN's Newsnight devoted the first half-hour to the story. Coming out of the second commercial break, an obviously frustrated Aaron Brown sighed that "we have all these kids working here, they're 26, 27, 28, and they have absolutely no idea why this is such a big deal."

Needless to say, a documentary like this is long overdue.

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