American Masters

Good TV This Week: Remembering Johnny Carson

Posted on 05/13/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIn “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” the PBS American Masters documentary airing tomorrow night (5/14), the “Tonight Show” host is referred to as an American Sphinx – right there before our eyes, yet enigmatic.  Director Peter Jones shines a light on the more mysterious aspects of Carson’s life – the mother he could never please, the sons he felt he’d shortchanged, the wives who took a back seat to his career – in this special pegged to the 50th …

Dick Cavett Remembers His Friend, Johnny Carson

Posted on 05/10/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Dick Cavett allows you to hitch a ride on one of his conversational caravans, there’s really no telling where you’ll end up. In 50-plus years of professional conversationalism, the man has met and chatted up everyone from Aaron Sorkin to ZZ Top, so one anecdote can’t help but lead to another, and then another, and pretty soon the narrative includes more characters than Day of the Locust. On this day, though, Dick Cavett is talking with me about Johnny …