Pioneers of Television

Late Night

Season 1, Episode 2 of 4

The stories of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson headline this episode about the formative years of late-night television. Merv Griffin also emerges as a key player on the late-night scene. (His interview for PIONEERS was his last before passing away.) Regis Philbin offers revelations about his years as a late-night sidekick (to Joey Bishop). Dick Cavett and Arsenio Hall also discuss their years in the mix, and Sigourney Weaver offers personal details about her father, Pat - the inventor of "Tonight." The episode is peppered with dozens of never-before-seen clips, including Johnny Carson performing in his early 20s.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
1/21/2009
10 p.m.
1/25/2009
3 p.m.
7/18/2010
2 p.m.
1/7/2011
6 a.m.
1/7/2011
noon
1/7/2011
5 p.m.
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