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'The Late Shift' Prequel in the Works

by Brad Trechak, posted May 1st 2010 4:47PM
Johnny CarsonWe probably won't be seeing any television movies soon that will serve as the sequel to 'The Late Shift,' telling of the difficulties between NBC, Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno. However, a prequel mini-series is in the planning stages about the rise of 'The Tonight Show' and Johnny Carson called 'The King of Late Night.'

The mini-series will actually be about the rise of the first three hosts of 'The Tonight Show': Steve Allen, Jack Paar and of course Johnny. It will focus on NBC's history of screwing them over (except for Carson, who managed to beat them at their own game). If done with tremendous historical detail to the level of 'Mad Men,' it could be very good.

That's likely the direction they're going in since the project has been described as "The Rat Pack version of 'The Late Shift.'" A&E would actually be a good channel to host this concept, but more likely it will go to one of the premium channels like HBO.

So who should play Johnny? Please don't say Rich Little. It's been done.

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A difficult role to cast, for certain. Greg Kinnear, maybe?

May 02 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ColinInLA's comment

a better fit: Joel McHale.

May 02 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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