History Trivia / TheTonightShow

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.
6th Nov '14 8:51:30 AM speedyboris
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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.
* EditedForSyndication: In 1983, a ClipShow series called ''Carson's Comedy Classics'' was offered to local stations. Each half-hour episode consisted of two or three extended segments, usually "Mighty Carson Art Players" skits and/or segments with Carson characters such as Carnac and Aunt Blabby, plus shorter segments (i.e. commercial spoofs).
* ExecutiveMeddling: The entire debacle that NBC created by trying to reshuffle their schedule by moving The Jay Leno Show from an hour at 10 to a half hour at 11:30 and moving ''Tonight'' and ''Late Night'' back half an hour. It was unclear if ''Last Call'' would remain on the air.


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* ThePeteBest: Branford Marsalis was the bandleader before Kevin Eubanks.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: In July of 2013 it was announced that Johnny Carson ''Tonight Show'' interviews would be available on iTunes.
* 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.
** ''The Tonight Show Starring David Letterman'' could well have been the case, but Letterman assumed he'd be the successor, as did Carson. Leno (or his manager, Helen Kushnick; nobody's actually really sure) actively but quietly campaigned to get the job from the people that actually made the decision, however, so he got it and Letterman went to CBS.
* WriterRevolt: Jack walked off during the February 11, 1960 show after discovering that NBC censored a joke the previous night regarding a lady looking for the "water closet" who was directed to a wedding chapel due to her only using the initials "W.C." (the network cut into a news report over the joke). His sidekick, Hugh Downs, took over for the remainder of that telecast. Led to a FunnyMoment when Parr returned a few weeks later with the words "...Now as I was saying..."
** Since NBC's last bits of ExecutiveMeddling, Conan devoted his monologues to openly bashing NBC, and did so right up until the GrandFinale.
** There's an element of CouldSayItBut here, as Conan had been given a gag order prohibiting him from badmouthing the network. He took to lampshading this in his last few shows.
** One of the writers did a sketch so against the network it seems Conan didn't want to say it.
** Conan deliberately ratcheted up the cost of his show, thanks to a contract loophole that allowed him to do whatever the hell he wanted on NBC's tab. Starting with a [[CoolCar Bugatti Veyron]] mouse and the 2009 Kentucky derby winner in a mink coat. Of course, most of it wasn't real... except the expensive songs and their royalties.
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