After more than 20 years, Johnny Carson is returning to NBC! The peacock network announced its plans for a miniseries about the life of the former Tonight Show host. The project comes after NBC announced it would produce a string of limited series, including one based on Hillary Clinton and a new version of Stephen King’s Tommyknockers. The Carson series will be based on the Bill Zehme biography Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait. The book, of course, covers the former King of Late Night’s three-decade run on NBC from 1962 to 1992, but it will also include tales from his childhood in Nebraska, his life outside of the studio and the friendships he made during his long career. No word yet as to who will play Carson, who passed away in January 2005 at the age of 79.
We’re not sure what this means for the feature film currently in development based off the same Zehme biography. Either way, a glimpse into the private life of the man who inspired so many modern comedic legends is soon to come.