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TCM Series Will Showcase Johnny Carson's Tonight Show Interviews

Johnny Carson is coming back to television. The original The Tonight Show host--whose three decades behind the late night desk are part of television history--may be gone, but the many reels of incredible interviews he left behind are still with us, and TCM is getting ready to showcase some of the best.

Carson on TCM is the result of a new deal Turner Classic Movies has made with the estate of Johnny Carson to bring some of his original interviews on The Tonight Show back to television. Many of them will be available for the first time since they originally aired. Among the 50 interviews that have been selected to be shown are sit-downs with the likes of Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, and William Holden. It’s a veritable who’s who of Hollywood’s top stars. The promo below shows a couple of those big names, including Kirk Douglas and Angie Dickinson, as they chat with Carson.

Carson hosted The Tonight Show from 1962–1992 before handing the reigns to Jay Leno. He passed away in 2005. Luckily, TCM’s deal will see him back in our living rooms after more than 20 years in a series that will be curated by Peter Jones. Deadline says Carson on TCM is slated for a summer of 2003 premiere.