Visual History 184 Dick Carson
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Visual History with Dick Carson

Interviewed by: Dency Nelson

Dick Carson shares highlights from his 35-plus year career directing talk and game shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffith Show, and Wheel of Fortune.

Dick Carson talks about the demanding schedule needed to shoot live-to-tape on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, editing only once over the six years he directed the show.

Carson speaks about how he was offered and eventually accepted the chance to direct The Merv Griffin Show, which ran opposite his brother's show The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Carson talks about how the unfinished puzzle was such a key element of what made Wheel of Fortune such a successful show and how he tried to capitalize on it through his direction.