Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CARSON ON TCM


I want to clue you in to a new series that's running on TCM. CARSON ON TCM debuted last week and it airs each Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. CST. The show is hosted by Conan O'Brien and it features vintage clips of Johnny Carson interviewing famous guests that appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. So far the clips have featured interviews with Drew Barrymore, Mary Tyler Moore, Kirk Douglas, Neil Simon, George Burns, Doris Day, Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel (the latter three all appearing on the same show).

It's vintage Carson and it's the kind of material you will never see on television in this day and age. For one thing, Carson smokes on camera. Secondly, his guests aren't all there to plug some upcoming, about-to-be  released film or television show. These are honest-to-goodness conversations between Johnny and his guests and while they have their comedic moments, they also serve to illustrate just how good an interviewer Johnny Carson was. Recommended.

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