The TV show will be based on upcoming biography 'Carson the Magnificent' by Bill Zehme and offer a look at Carson's personal life during his three-decade run as 'Tonight Show' host.
Johnny Carson is going to be revived on the small screen. NBC has announced that it is developing a miniseries about the live of the late "Tonight Show" host with the material based on upcoming biography "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" by Bill Zehme.
The show will cover Carson's childhood in Nebraska and his 30-year run as "Tonight Show" host from 1962 to 1992. The miniseries will also give a look at "his often secluded off-camera life and friendships he made throughout his career as one of the most beloved TV personalities of all time."
No actor has been cast in the role of Carson yet. Zehme and John Davies will executive produce the miniseries about the legendary TV host, who has been cited as a huge inspiration by today's talk show hosts, including David Letterman.
Carson was replaced by Jay Leno when he retired from the "Tonight Show" in 1992, although it had been expected that Letterman, who had been hosting "Late Night with David Letterman" since 1982, would've been Carson's successor. Carson died in 2005 of respiratory failure arising from emphysema.