The Carson Entertainment Group will announce today a two-fold revitalization of the JohnnyCarson.com website that will, 1) allow users to view clips from over 30 years of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and 2) provide public access to an archive of 3,500 hours of full episodes of the late night program, once only available to industry professionals. The new online projects are being driven by Carson Entertainment's Jeff Sotzing, Carson's nephew.
After almost twenty years of Jay Leno at the reign of The Tonight Show, access to an abundance of Carson material will remind us what we're missing in the late night forum. This isn't a dig on Leno, but he turned the show into something very different - ratings success or not.
David Itzkoff of NYTimes.com wrote a piece announcing this new venture.