History Trivia / TheTonightShow

6th Aug '16 11:15:28 AM missmoon
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* ThrowItIn: The theme song for Jimmy's run was created entirely on accident. According to Questlove, the Roots were just screwing around to test out the studio's speaker systems and the recording of it got mixed in with the batch of songs they actually did write as potential theme songs. Jimmy heard the improv song and decided that was the theme song.
2nd May '16 4:22:38 PM MsChibi
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* ShoutOut: Gets one in the ''Series/GoodEats'' episode "Stuff It," where Alton compares the parts that make up a stuffing to the cast of the original show. There's the host (the meat or vegetable to be stuffed), the "filler commentary" (the starch), the band (a binder, such as beaten eggs), the A-list celebrity guest (the aromatic vegetables, and sometimes pieces of meat), and other guests (herbs, spices, dried fruits, nuts, etc.)
22nd Apr '16 9:36:04 AM Viira
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* HeyItsThatVoice: The original sidekick/announcer was a young man named [[Series/MatchGame Gene Rayburn]], and the sidekick to Jack Parr's era was [[Series/{{Concentration}} Hugh Downs]].
11th Mar '16 7:39:38 AM speedyboris
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: In July of 2013 it was announced that Johnny Carson ''Tonight Show'' interviews would be available on iTunes.
11th Mar '16 7:37:54 AM speedyboris
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* MilestoneCelebration: Prime-time specials to observe his anniversary 1972, to celebrate Carson's 10th anniversary of hosting the show; 1977, for his 15th; and annually from 1979-1991. The first special was rather limited as far as showing "classic" highlights, since most shows had been erased or recorded over, although famous moments i.e., Ed Ames' tomahawk throw, the ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' parody, Tiny Tim's wedding and others were preserved and shown. The later specials had more archived clips, since all shows produced after sometime in 1972 exist.
17th Feb '16 1:43:50 AM Adept
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* ColbertBump: Doing stand-up on the show was a major career boost, and being called over to the couch pretty much guaranteed overnight success. More recent comedians to get the honor include Drew Carey, EllenDeGeneres, and Jeff Foxworthy.

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* ColbertBump: Doing stand-up on the show was a major career boost, and being called over to the couch pretty much guaranteed overnight success. More recent comedians to get the honor include Drew Carey, EllenDeGeneres, Creator/EllenDeGeneres, and Jeff Foxworthy.
10th Jan '16 8:40:35 PM goldenroad
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** Also applies to the Antenna TV run; as NBC owns the name "The Tonight Show", a new title sequence had to be made, referring to the show as simply "Johnny Carson".


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** Subverted as of January 1, 2016, as for the first time since 1992, the Carson shows are airing again on broadcast television, specifically the subchannel Antenna TV.
9th Dec '15 9:59:24 AM speedyboris
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** Even Leno's era is not exempt from this; ''none'' of his episodes or specials have come to DVD, and the only legally-available options were a few Headlines and Jaywalking compilations on iTunes, which have since been removed from the service.

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** Even Leno's era is not exempt from this; ''none'' of his episodes or specials have come to DVD, and the only legally-available options were a few Headlines and Jaywalking compilations on iTunes, which have since been removed from the service. His ''Tonight Show'' [=YouTube=] channel is also gone, so you can't even watch ''clips'' from his era on a legit YT channel.
9th Dec '15 9:58:29 AM speedyboris
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** Even Leno's era is not exempt from this; ''none'' of his episodes or specials have come to DVD, and the only legally-available options were a few Headlines and Jaywalking compilations on iTunes, which have since been removed from the service.
5th Jan '15 11:36:56 AM TheUnsquished
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, Leno's post-''Tonight'' project was to have been an American ''TopGear''. Leno actually turned down this idea when it was initially proposed to him, realizing that what made ''Top Gear'' work was its non-commercial carriage on TheBBC...and an NBC version would be filled with ProductPlacement and ExecutiveMeddling. There was also some concern from BBC America that an American version would cannibalize ratings of the original on BBC America, where it's very popular. An American version ''did'' eventually premiere on the History Channel.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, Leno's post-''Tonight'' project was to have been an American ''TopGear''. Leno actually turned down this idea when it was initially proposed to him, realizing that what made ''Top Gear'' work was its non-commercial carriage on TheBBC...Creator/TheBBC...and an NBC version would be filled with ProductPlacement and ExecutiveMeddling. There was also some concern from BBC America that an American version would cannibalize ratings of the original on BBC America, where it's very popular. An American version ''did'' eventually premiere on the History Channel.
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