NBC's Developing a Johnny Carson Miniseries

Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show

Get ready, folks because this is the greatest news you're going to hear all day (well, aside from 'Breaking Bad' getting extended episodes). The late, great Johnny Carson is getting his very own miniseries!

Nope, you're not dreaming. NBC announced earlier today that they're currently in the process of developing the biopic based on the extraordinary life of the legendary 'Tonight Show' host. And while there's no word yet on when the series will actually air, it's sure to be a ratings goldmine for the network.

Mainly based on Bill Zehme’s forthcoming biography 'Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait,' the project will look to encompass the comedian’s 30-year run as NBC’s king of late night, as well as touch upon his Nebraska upbringing and personal life away from the cameras.

The project will be executive produced by Zehme and John Davies, however, the role of Carson — who passed away in 2005 — has yet to be decided. (Let the speculation begin!)

Carson emceed the 'Tonight Show' from 1962 until 1992, when he handed the reigns over to current host Jay Leno. He was an American icon and true comedic gem, so there's no doubt in our minds that Carson's life story will be one worth watching. (And we don't need Carnac the Magnificent to figure that one out!)

So what do you think of this exciting news? Who should they cast to play Carson? Sound off on your thoughts in the comments below!

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Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Sep 19th, 2013, 11:58 am

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