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
2/15/2011
9 p.m.
2/16/2011
2 a.m.
5/7/2012
10 p.m.
5/8/2012
3 a.m.
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