The project will be based on Bill Zehme's "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement.
The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show." And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like.
The call-up comes as the late night cavalcade -- and its drama -- has advanced to epic proportions. Carson, who died in January 2005 at 79, has long held the torch as one of the greatest showmen in history -- and one of the busiest talk-show hosts in history, having logged 22,000 guest interviews in New York and Burbank.
Zehme, who wrote an in-depth Esquire profile in 2002 on the one-time "Tonight Show" king and was production consultant on
Casting for the key role will be announced at a later date.
NBC announced this year its plans to invest in limited series. Let's just hope things progress better than they have for NBC's other planned mini-series project.