johnny-carson-miniseries-NBC-john-slattery.jpgNBC is developing a miniseries based on the life of comedian and long-time “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson. The project will use upcoming biography “Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait” by Bill Zehme as the jumping-off point, with the miniseries covering everything from Carson’s childhood growing up in Nebraska to his off-camera friendships to his 30 years on “The Tonight Show.”

Zehme and John Davies, the man behind NBC’s Emmy-nominated “Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman,” will executive produce. Casting for the role of Carson will be named at a later time, but we’ve already got a suggestion — “Mad Men” star John Slattery (pictured above).

What do you think of our choice? Of course, there’s always Dana Carvey. He does do a mean Johnny Carson.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."