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Was up north painting the unplugged cottage and a bit behind on posting, so missed this milestone from Sunday: the 50th anniversary of the first Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Carson’s official debut on Oct. 1, 1962 only survives on a short audio clip. As has been noted here before, the first 10 years of

As pointed out on TV Worth Watching and a few other places, it was 20 years ago today that Johnny Carson took his final bow on The Tonight Show. Twenty years already?! You are correct, sir. That excellent PBS American Masters‘ retrospective of Carson’s career, which premiered earlier this month, is still up at PBS.com.

Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson at the start of their 30-year run It always surprises me that the kids don’t know Johnny Carson. My son is 19, born the year after Carson ended a 30-year run on The Tonight Show, and to him Carson is a footnote on The Simpsons. (A cartoon Carson is seen in

Team Dave: Philbin, Letterman, Murray. John P Filo/CBS Tonight marks 30 years since David Letterman woke up late night. Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC on Feb. 1, 1982; The Late Show with David Letterman began on CBS in August of 1993. Time flies.Is he still The Man? He will be tonight, ratings-wise,