As one of the brightest and most irrepressible wits in television history, Johnny Carson ruled the late-night airwaves for 30 years (1962-92) as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, interviewing thousands of celebrities including many top movie names. TCM is proud to present the premiere of Carson on TCM, showcasing 25 vintage interviews conducted by Carson with such stars as James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Lauren Bacall and Lucille Ball.
Six interviews will air in a one-hour installment every Tuesday in March at 8pm (ET), uncut and commercial-free, (except March 25, which features seven interviews) spanning 15 years of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1972-87. Each installment will be introduced by Conan O’Brien, whose late-night show Conan airs on our sister network TBS, weeknights at 11pm. The first movie to follow the Carson programming in the primetime TCM lineup will begin at 9pm (rather than the usual 8pm) and will feature the actor from the final interview.