October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.
Guests: Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Anita Douval, Paula Kelly, OC Smith, Rodney Sumpter.
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September 16, 1965-May 24, 1974. A variety hour hosted by Dean Martin. Several of the shows were celebrity "roasts," set at a banquet table, in which the guest of honor was showered with insults by other celebs. Regulars of the series included pianist Ken Lane (1965-1972), Kay Medford, Lou Jacobi, The Golddiggers, Marian Mercer (1971-1972), Tom Bosley (1971-1972), Rodney Dangerfield (1972-1973), Dom DeLuise (1972-1973), and Nipsey Russell (1972-1974).
September 11, 1967-August 9, 1978. Popular variety hour hosted by Carol Burnett. On her own show, she brought together a group of talented supporting players: Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, and Dick Van Dyke.
September 13, 1977-October 20, 1977. This was the first broadcast of the series. "The Richard Pryor Show" starred Richard Pryor. Other regulars on the short-lived series included Allegra Allison, Sandra Bernhard, Victor Delapp, Argus Hamilton, Jimmy Martinez, Paul Mooney, Tim Reid, Marsha Warfield, Robin Williams, and John Witherspoon.