Behind the Desk: The Story of Late Night

Behind the Desk: The Story of Late Night

Behind the Desk: The Story of Late Night

CATEGORY: TV & Film
More than 60 years ago, the creation of late night TV changed the face of television forever. From Johnny Carson, to David Letterman, to Arsenio Hall, the late night show format continues to endure, evolving to keep pace each new generation. In Behind the Desk: The Story of Late Night host Bill Carter takes us on a journey through late night television’s most memorable moments with first-hand, behind-the-scenes accounts from some of the most notable names in late night history.  Behind the Desk: The Story of Late Night is a companion podcast to CNN’s Original Series, The Story of Late Night.
  1. March 22, 2021
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    Let's Go Behind the Desk
    More than 60 years ago, the creation of late night TV changed the face of television forever. From Johnny Carson, to David Letterman, to Arsenio Hall, the late night show format continues to endure, evolving to…
  2. April 22, 2021
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    The Host
    Bill Carter speaks with legendary hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Dick Cavett, the genre's newest star Amber Ruffin, Conan O’Brien’s sidekick Andy Richter and many more to dissect one of TV’s hardest, most challenging j…
  3. April 22, 2021
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    The Format
    The monologue, the desk, the guests, the band. The ingredients of the late night TV formula are familiar, yet fickle. Get them just right and a show can last for decades. Make one mistake and your career is ove…
  4. April 29, 2021
    39 min
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    The Writers
    Host Bill Carter pulls back the curtain for a peek inside the all-important writers’ room. In these four walls, the comedy elite put in long hours each week as they sift through hundreds of jokes, in search of…
  5. May 06, 2021
    41 min
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    The Comics
    For as long as “late night” has been an institution, stand-ups, sitcom stars, and even future hosts have begun their careers as late night comics. With insights from Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Ray Romano, Byron…
  6. May 13, 2021
    39 min
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    The Politics
    Modern late night TV serves as a number one news source for audiences who devour humorous but critical insights of American society and politics. With commentary from Trevor Noah, Roy Wood Jr., Amber Ruffin, Sa…
  7. May 20, 2021
    46 min
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    The Future
    Late night TV sensibilities crash through the status quo and frame society to expose all that is fun, funny and non-sensical about it. As a diverse new group of hosts ascend, the late night landscape looks less…

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