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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - Press Release Details '4 Decades of Tonight' 15-DVD Set


Fantastic in-depth collection celebrates the legendary King of Late Night

Posted by David Lambert
10/13/2010
 
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - 4 Decades of Tonight
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RESPOND2 ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATES JOHNNY CARSON'S 85TH BIRTHDAY
WITH AN ALL-NEW DVD COLLECTION - AN IDEAL GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!


TONIGHT:
4 Decades From The Tonight Show
Starring Johnny Carson


Featuring Hours of Footage Never-Before Released to DVD
With over 50 Hand-selected Episodes, This Sleek 15-Disc Collector's Set
Arrives In Stores on October 26th, Just In Time For
The Legendary Talk Show Host's Birthday and The Holiday Season!



Portland, OR (October 12, 2010)- Just three days after the most popular and famous late night talk show host in history would have turned 85, Respond2 Entertainment has compiled a once-in-a-lifetime collection of the greatest moments in Tonight Show history in one 15-disc set - Tonight: 4 Decades From The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Perfect for the Johnny Carson or Classic Television fan on the holiday list, Tonight features over 50 shows hand-selected by the original Producer as the best episodes from the show's 30-year run, covering the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's! The collectable set features over 30 hours of material that has never before been released on DVD including rescued footage from shows originally airing in the 1960's (virtually all episodes and other content from the 1960's were lost) and all-new interviews with some of Carson's most celebrated and regular guest stars including Actress Loni Anderson, Comedian David Brenner, and fan-favorite animal handler Jim Fowler!

With an average nightly audience of nearly 12 million viewers, Johnny Carson was the undisputed King of all late night talk shows for over 30 years. During an amazing run that spanned seven different American presidents, from John F. Kennedy to George H.W. Bush, the show was the recipient of eight Emmy Awards. Timed perfectly for the holiday season, Tonight will be available on October 26, 2010 for the suggested retail price of $119.99 for the 15-disc DVD collection.

TONIGHT SYNOPSIS:
Few entertainers have achieved the iconic status of Johnny Carson - and none have become more beloved by American audiences. Whether it was the golden-era 60s, the swinging 70s, the audacious 80s or the fun-filled 90s, Johnny was there, making America laugh and welcoming the brightest stars of the times to The Tonight Show stage. This collection is a very special one - filled with 30 hours of the biggest names in acting, music, sports, comedy and politics from each of these eras. All brought to you as only Johnny Carson could. So enjoy every classic episode, and laugh along through the years as Johnny and his guests take you back in time with comedy, conversation and entertainment that is as timeless today as it was back in the day.

TONIGHT DISC CONTENTS:
  • Disc 1 - Run Time: 122 Minutes
    • Episode 1: December 31, 1965 - Woody Allen, The Muppets
    • Episode 2: September 23, 1971 - Della Reese, Bob Uecker
    • Episode 3: May 19, 1972 - Adelle Davis, Robert Blake, Gwen Davis
    • Episode 4: September 15, 1972 - Vikki Carr, Peter Falk, Albert Brooks

  • Disc 2 - Run time: 123 Minutes
    • Episode 5: November 13, 1972 - Mayor Lindsay, Muhammad Ali, Harry Chapin
    • Episode 6: September 12, 1973 - Joan Embery, Bette Midler, David Steinberg
    • Episode 7: February 20, 1974 - Joan Embery, David Brenner
    • Episode 8: April 9, 1974 - The Jackson 5, Jerry Van Dyke

  • Disc 3 - Run Time: 130 Minutes
    • Episode 9: September 2, 1974 - Doris Day, Rodney Dangerfield, Burt Mustin
    • Episode 10: September 26, 1974 - Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Art Carney
    • Episode 11: May 6, 1975 - Luciano Pavarotti, Maude Tull
    • Episode 12: September 19, 1975 - Don Rickles, Robert Blake

  • Disc 4 - Run Time: 127 Minutes
    • Episode 13: September 23, 1975 - Glen Campbell, Fernando Lamas
    • Episode 14: December 9, 1975 - Carol Burnett, Burt Convy, Tom Dreesen
    • Episode 15: July 28, 1976 - Burt Reynolds, Robert Blake
    • Episode 16: November 12, 1976 - Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Olivia Newton-John

  • Disc 5 - Run Time: 130 Minutes
    • Episode 17: May 4, 1977 - Chevy Chase, Richard Pryor
    • Episode 18: June 14, 1977 - Alice Cooper, Jay Leno
    • Episode 19: September 9, 1977 - Sid Caesar, Eubie Blake
    • Episode 20: March 24, 1978 - Donna Pyle, Milton Berle

  • Disc 6 - Run Time: 116 Minutes
    • Episode 21: May 2, 1978 - Sammy Davis Jr.
    • Episode 22: February 21, 1980 - Steve Landesberg, Loni Anderson
    • Episode 23: September 26, 1980 - Steve Martin, The Mighty Carson Art Players
    • Episode 24: November 11, 1980 - David Letterman

  • Disc 7 - Run Time: 125 Minutes
    • Episode 25: March 4, 1981 - David Brenner
    • Episode 26: March 5, 1981 - Slim Whitman
    • Episode 27: March 18, 1981 - Richard Benjamin, Garry Shandling
    • Episode 28: May 5, 1981 - Jimmy Buffett, Thalasa Cruso

  • Disc 8 - Run Time: 113 Minutes
    • Episode 29: October 14, 1981 - Robin Williams
    • Episode 30: October 28, 1981 - Lance Burton, Reba McEntire, Dick Cavett
    • Episode 31: October 30, 1981 - Michael Landon
    • Episode 32: November 12, 1981 - Dom DeLuise, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White

  • Disc 9 - Run Time: 108 Minutes
    • Episode 33: November 19, 1981 - Suzanne Pleshette, Luciano Pavarotti
    • Episode 34: November 25, 1981 - Kenny Rogers
    • Episode 35: August 31, 1982 - Bill Maher, Joe Garagiola
    • Episode 36: December 31, 1982 - Tina Turner, Joe D'Auria & Jonathan Brown

  • Disc 10 - Run Time: 123 Minutes
    • Episode 37: January 5, 1983 - Teri Garr, B.B. King
    • Episode 38: May 17, 1983 - Albert Brooks, Brooke Shields
    • Episode 39: September 8, 1983 - Bill Cosby, Chuck Mangione
    • Episode 40: January 4, 1984 - Dabney Coleman, Paul Rodriguez

  • Disc 11 - Run Time: 118 Minutes
    • Episode 41: May 17, 1984 - Garry Shandling, Stephane Grappelli
    • Episode 42: May 24, 1984 - John Denver, Michael Davis
    • Episode 43: November 20, 1984 - Robert Blake, Louie Anderson
    • Episode 44: November 22, 1985 - Jim Fowler, Marty Pollio, Ruben Blades

  • Disc 12 - Run Time: 117 Minutes
    • Episode 45: December 17, 1985 - Bette Midler
    • Episode 46: March 27, 1986 - Billy Crystal, Buddy Rich
    • Episode 47: April 18, 1986 - David Letterman
    • Episode 48: June 27, 1986 - David Letterman, Judge Wapner

  • Disc 13 - Run Time: 110 Minutes
    • Episode 49: November 26, 1986 - George Carlin, Barney Odom (& Flat Nose)
    • Episode 50: January 8, 1987 - Robert Goulet, Waddie Mitchell, Baxter Black
    • Episode 51: May 21, 1987 - Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres
    • Episode 52: July 28, 1988 - Bill Clinton, Joe Cocker

  • Disc 14 - Run Time: 117 Minutes
    • Episode 53: July 29, 1988 - Michael Landon, k.d. Lang
    • Episode 54: November 23, 1989 - Lea Johnson, Tom Wilson
    • Episode 55: January 18, 1990 - Joan Embery, Art Donovan
    • Episode 56: April 6, 1990 - Jeff Dunham, B.B. King

  • Disc 15 - Special Features: Run Time 215 Minutes
    • Rescued Gems of the 1960s - Run Time 104 Minutes
        Over an hour of classic recovered vignettes, scenes and footage from The Tonight Show episodes of the 1960s (and one very special one from the 1970s!)
    • Interviews: The Guests Remember - Run Time 111 Minutes
        All new interviews with Loni Anderson, David Brenner, Jim Fowler, and Baxter Black as they recount their memories of appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.


Tonight
Street Date: October 26, 2010
Run Time: Approximately 1,800 Minutes
Pricing: $119.99 SRP
DVD Audio Status: Stereo
Closed Captioned: No
Genre: Classic TV, Variety Shows


ABOUT RESPOND2 ENTERTAINMENT
Respond2 Entertainment is the Entertainment Marketing arm of the R2C Group - headquartered in Portland, Oregon and one of the nation's premier advertising and marketing agencies, with a client list including Chase, Proctor & Gamble, Electrolux, General Mills, Estee Lauder and a host of other prestigious clients.

Respond2 Entertainment specializes in creating and marketing original filmed productions, existing television collections and other select programming via direct-to-consumer marketing outlets, as well as through traditional retail sales channels. Clients include the Carson Entertainment Group (Johnny Carson Ultimate DVD Collection), Paul Brownstein Productions (Sonny & Cher Ultimate Collection), Bob Hope Enterprises (Bob Hope Ultimate DVD Collection) and many others.

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