The Sounds of Lost Johnny Carson: Next on TVC

Join us for a special edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio.

Phil Gries will join us in our first hour as we replay our special tribute to Johnny Carson as part of the Sounds of Lost Television. Phil will be playing highlights from Johnny’s first ten years as host of The Tonight Show, including audio from Johnny’s debut broadcast of Oct. 1, 1962, as well as the first appearance of Carnac the Magnificent. Most of the tapes from the first decade of the Tonight Show broadcasts were erased by NBC, so this is a rare opportunity to hear the King of Late Night in his early days.

Johnny Carson will be the subject of a two-hour edition of American Masters, Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, that will premiere on Monday, May 14 on PBS. Some of the audio that you’ll hear on that program is courtesy of Phil Gries.

Then, in our second hour, we’ll replay our conversation with Paul Green, Dan Farren and Tony Figueroa about American adaptations of British TV series: those that succeeded, such as The Office, All in the Family and Three’s Company, and those that failed, including the American versions of Fawlty Towers, Couplings and Absolutely Fabulous. We’ll compare and contrast the British approach to episodic television, versus the American approach.

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