Filmmaker Peter Jones "Johnny Carson: King of Late Night"
Johnny Carson (10/23/1925 - 1/23/2005) was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life and a part of the zeitgeist. In a 2007 TV Land/Entertainment Weekly poll, Americans voted Carson the greatest icon in the history of television. Two-time Emmy®-winning filmmaker Peter Jones explores his life, career, complexities, and contradictions in the two-hour documentary American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night premiering nationally Monday, May 14, 2012 at 9 PM (ET) on PBS (check local listings). 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Carson taking over The Tonight Show from Jack Paar and the 20th anniversary of his retirement. Narrated by two-time Oscar®-winner Kevin Spacey, the film features 45 original interviews with Carson's friends, family and colleagues, including his second wife, Joanne, Dick Cavett, Doc Severinsen, and other The Tonight Show staff. Performers who appeared, or began their careers, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson are also interviewed, including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Drew Carey, Garry Shandling, Steve Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ellen DeGeneres, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, and David Steinberg. Late night TV hosts Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien also discuss Carson's influence on their careers.
TIM MATHESON "HART OF DIXIE"
At the age of 13, Matheson appeared as Roddy Miller in Robert Young's CBS nostalgia comedy series Window on Main Street during the 1961-1962 television season. In 1964, he provided the voice of the lead character in the cartoon program Jonny Quest. He was also the voice of Jace in the original animated series of Space Ghost. In addition, he played the role of the oldest son, Mike Beardsley, in the film Yours, Mine and Ours, which also starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
In 1969, he joined the cast of NBC's The Virginian western series in the eighth season, as Jim Horn. He had a guest role in the 14th episode of the second season of Night Gallery, in the story "Logoda’s Heads". In the final season of the television western Bonanza in 1972-1973, Matheson played Griff King, a parolee who tries to reform his life as a worker at the Ponderosa Ranch under Ben Cartwright's watch. He portrayed a young motorcycle cop, Phil Sweet, in the 1973 film Magnum Force. Matheson also appeared earlier in the ABC television comedy series My Three Sons and Leave It to Beaver. In 1975, he guest starred in CBS's short-lived family drama, Three for the Road. In the fall of 1976, Matheson appeared with Kurt Russell in the 15-episode NBC series The Quest, the story of two young men in the American West seeking the whereabouts of their sister, a captive of the Cheyenne. In 1978, he co-starred in National Lampoon's Animal House opposite John Belushi; the following year, he appeared opposite Belushi again in Steven Spielberg's 1941. Matheson starred in the 1984 comedy movie Up the Creek and the comedy Fletch.Matheson also appeared in the 1983 To Be or Not to Be starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.Matheson and Catherine Hicks played Rick and Amanda Tucker, who operate a detective agency in Laurel Canyon in CBS' Tucker's Witch, which aired during the 1982-1983 season. Matheson, along with business partner Dan Grodnik, bought National Lampoon in 1989 when the magazine was facing financial decline. They were unable to reverse the magazine fortunes, however, and sold it in 1991. He went on to act in over 100 film and television projects. Matheson had a recurring role as Vice President John Hoynes on The West Wing. His work on The West Wing earned Matheson two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series. In addition to playing Sheriff Matthew Donner in the short-lived Wolf Lake, he has directed episodes of Third Watch, Ed, The Twilight Zone, Cold Case, Without a Trace, The West Wing, Psych, The Good Guys, Shark, White Collar, Criminal Minds, Suits, and Burn Notice (on which he also performed in a recurring role). In 1996, Matheson took on the role of a con man who claims to be Carol Brady's thought-to-be-dead husband in A Very Brady Sequel. Matheson appeared in the movie Van Wilder in 2002, playing the father of the title character, who was inspired by his own character in Animal House; Matheson's character even makes a veiled reference to the fun times he had had at Dartmouth, where the fraternity upon which Animal House is based is rumored to have "had a strong tradition of existence." He appeared in the auto-racing film Redline. He also appeared in a Volkswagen commercial in 2008. In 2009, Matheson directed the pilot episode of Covert Affairs, premiered on USA Network in 2010. Matheson has also directed the pilot episodes of "The Good Guys" (2010) for the Fox Network, "Criminal Behavior" (2010) for Lifetime, and "WILD CARD" (2011) for USA Network. He currently plays Dr. Brick Breeland on Hart of Dixie.
Chef Jerrett Joslin "Wild Mushroom Steakhouse"
Since opening its doors in 2009, The Wild Mushroom Steakhouse has been a dining destination for locals and tourists alike. Co-owned by John Shepherd and Chef Jerrett Joslin (Award of Excellence Winner from Wine Spectator), the duo boast nearly two decades of experience in the restaurant industry and have mastered the task of offering delicious, upscale cuisine in an intimate atmosphere for a one-of-a-kind experience. The restaurant showcases an ever-changing menu that combines astonishing creativity with gourmet classics as well as a plethora of cutting-edge cooking techniques. In addition to receiving awards for their Prime Rib, Mac N Cheese and Chilean Sea Bass, the steakhouse was also listed as “Worth the Drive” by Fort Worth Magazine. The Wild Mushroom Steakhouse is located at 1917 Martin Drive in Weatherford, Texas and can be reached at (817) 599-4935. Find them on Facebook at “The Wild Mushroom Steakhouse & Lounge.”
Valerio Chiarotti - VIVA VINO LA
Terravino is a California-based importer of an award-winning portfolio of premium boutique Italian wines. Described by owner Valerio Chiarotti as “a collection of little gems from Italy’s diverse winemaking regions,” Terravino has had several wines honored with the prestigious Gambero Rosso and Medaglia D’Oro awards. Italy still remains the number one imported wine in the United States, and the growing interest among wine aficionados for the indigenous as well as more traditional grape varieties are well served by our portfolio. The company represents several different producers from every major wine-making region in Italy including Piemonte, Veneto, Marche, Alto Adige, Lombardia, Trentino, Friuli, Tuscany, Puglia, Abruzzo, Sardegna and Sicily among others. Terravino Imports wines are featured by some of the country’s leading retailers and restaurants in California, Las Vegas and Colorado. Some of our restaurant clients include among others in Los Angeles: Valentino, Drago, Mozza and Angelini; in the Bay Area: Acquerello, Oliveto, Sociale and PerBacco. Valerio Chiarotti's goal is to grow the base of clients for Terravino throughout the United States, bringing the best of Italy’s wines to an appreciative audience that dares to venture beyond the safe environs of Pinot Grigio.