Late-Night’s Woke-Up Call?

Might we suggest that Jimmy Fallon watch a documentary debuting on NBC streamer Peacock next Thursday, September 10? The film’s about a week in February 1968 when Fallon’s long-ago predecessor, late-night king Johnny Carson, handed over the reins of The Tonight Show for five nights to entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.

The documentary features interviews with some of the participants from that week 52 years ago, including Petula Clark, Dionne Warwick, Freda Payne and Belafonte himself – as well as observations from Whoopi Goldberg, Questlove, Tamron Hall, Robin Thede and Jason King .

Highlights of Belafonte’s week on the late-night throne included half-hour interviews with Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F Kennedy, who would both be assassinated just months later. Here, thanks to The Nation, are clips from each interview:

Peacock offers three viewing plans: free, with ads, offering thousands of hours of programming; a $4.99/month Peacock Premium, also with commercials, featuring a larger content library; and an ad-free (well, almost ad-free) $9.99/month Peacock Premium Plus. 

Peacock has not said if The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show will be on its free tier, or on the pay tiers only. In any case, the two Premium packages come with seven-day free trials.

For more, visit Peacock.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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