“I think there’s a demographic out there that is really going to eat this up,” Sotzing told .“The show will now be able to be seen by so many people who haven’t seen it before.” The deal involved nearly six months of negotiations with Hollywood’s talent guilds and the American Federation of Musicians.The talks were complicated because there’s not much precedent for residual fees for full-length reruns of a vintage variety show re-airing on a digital broadcast channel.
Tribune Media’s Antenna TV, the multicast digital channel devoted to vintage television shows, will run full-length episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” nightly at 11 p.m. Because NBC owns the rights to “The Tonight Show” moniker, Antenna TV’s episodes will be billed simply as “Johnny Carson.” “This is not a clip show.
Antenna TV has struck a multi-year deal with Carson Entertainment Group to license hundreds of hours of the NBC late-night institution.
This is full episodes of Johnny Carson, the man that everyone in late-night agrees was the greatest host of all time, airing in real time as he did back in the day,” Sean Compton, Tribune’s president of strategic programming and acquisitions, told .
“Tuning in to ‘The Tonight Show’ is like taking a walk down Main Street in Disneyland.
The minute you step in there, you feel good and you know it’s a place you want to stay.
We cannot wait to bring this show to fans who remember Carson and to a new generation of viewers who have never had the chance to see Johnny in his prime.” See More: Johnny Carson knew when to leave Antenna’s showcase will mark the first time Carson-era “Tonight Show” episodes have aired on a nightly basis since the host signed off in May 1992.
Carson stayed out of the spotlight after his retirement until his death at age 79 on Jan. “The Tonight Show” ran in a 90-minute format from the start of Carson’s run in 1962 until 1980, when it was trimmed to an hour. The scheduling of episodes will be carefully curated to run as themed weeks or months, as well as episodes that coincide with notable anniversaries, holidays and other milestones.
Antenna will air hourlong episodes on weeknights and 90-minute installments on Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. Those could include everything from a week’s worth of “Tonight Show” debuts by future comedy superstars such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Ellen De Generes, Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jim Carrey and Tim Allen to a month of Christmas episodes in December.
Antenna’s “Tonight Show” run will begin with the New Year’s Day episode from 1982 featuring Eddie Murphy and “MASH” star Mc Lean Stevenson.