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NBC developing miniseries based on life of iconic 'Tonight Show' host Johnny Carson

by jmaloni

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Thu, Sep 19th 2013 03:35 pm

NBC is in development on a miniseries about the life of legendary late-night talk show host Johnny Carson.

Based on the upcoming biography "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (Simon and Schuster) by Bill Zehme, the project will cover Carson's legendary 30-year run (1962-92) as host of "The Tonight Show," as well as his childhood growing up in Nebraska, his often secluded off-camera life and friendships he made throughout his career as one of the most beloved TV personalities of all time.

Casting for the iconic star will be named at a later date.

Carson, who interviewed more than 22,000 guests from the show's home in both New York City and Burbank, Calif., is revered by today's talk show hosts as a huge inspiration in their respective careers. Comedians often cite their first appearance on the Carson-hosted "Tonight Show" as their big break into show business.

Zehme, long regarded for his colorful chronicling of the late-night TV landscape, is one of the few journalists to have had access to Carson, and wrote an extensive profile of him, "The Man Who Retired," in the May 2002 edition of Esquire. He also served as production consultant on PBS' 2012 "American Masters" documentary "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night."

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