Johnny Carson: American Masters

Johnny Carson: American Masters

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:00pm

Credit: Courtesy of The Carson Entertainment Group

Pictured: Johnny Carson 

Johnny Carson (1925 –2005) was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life and a part of the zeitgeist. In a 2007 TV Land/Entertainment Weekly poll, Americans voted Carson the greatest icon in the history of television. Two-time Emmy®-winning filmmaker Peter Jones explores his life, career, complexities, and contradictions in the two-hour documentary  Johnny Carson: American Masters, airing Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Watch Johnny Carson: King of Late Night Preview on PBS. See more from American Masters.

Please note that the date and time presented in this preview differ from that of our local broadcast schedule.

Narrated by two-time Oscar®-winner Kevin Spacey, the film features 45 original interviews with Carson’s friends, family, and colleagues, including his second wife Joanne, Dick Cavett, Doc Severinsen, and other The Tonight Show staff. Performers who appeared, or began their careers on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson are also interviewed, including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Drew Carey, Garry Shandling, Steve Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ellen DeGeneres, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Joan Rivers, and David Steinberg. 


Johnny Carson American Masters'

Is it possible to download this or to get a copy? Will it be on again?

Thank you.

Here's Johnny!

Hi Lynn,
The program is available to view online currently at:

It is available for purchase here:

It is not currently scheduled for a re-air, but it will eventually air again.

~Irene Fink
WXXI TV Program Director


Will this show (Johnny Carson: King of Late Night) be shown again on channel 11? I am missing it and can't record it.

Encore broadcasts of Johnny Carson

"Johnny Carson: American Masters" will repeat on our WORLD channel (Digital 21.2 and TW Cable 524) on Saturday, May 19th at 9am, 3pm, and 10pm; and Sunday, May 20th at 3am.

I hope you can tune in!