Seeso has set the cast for There’s … Johnny!, its eight episode comedy series set behind the scenes at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Tony Danza (Don Jon, Taxi) stars along with Ian Nelson (The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe, Suburgatory), and Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives). Also joining are T’keyah Keymah, Nate Smith, David Hoffman, Daniel Strauss and Andrew Schulz.
Danza plays Freddie de Cordova, the executive producer of The Tonight Show. He’s old-school Hollywood (think martinis and cigarettes) and the reigning authority — the bearer of good news and certainly bad news. Danza has a special connection to the role. He was a frequent guest of Carson’s on The Tonight Show and even guest-hosted multiple times.
Nelson will play bright, sweet-faced, innocent Andy Klavin. An average kid from Valentine, NE, who, along with his mother and father, is a huge Johnny Carson fan. To make his beloved dad proud, Andy gets himself to Burbank and on the set of The Tonight Show, mistakenly believing he has a job there. He’s thrust into an exciting new world he’s barely even dared to dream about — and to his surprise, he quickly finds he might have a place there.
Levy is Joy Greenfield, the assistant talent coordinator for The Tonight Show. While Andy initially is smitten with Joy, she feels more like a big sister toward him, guiding and mentoring him through this strange new world.
Bart will recur as Angelo, the show’s affable wardrobe guy who subtly serves as the moral compass for the rest of the Tonight Show crew.
Written by Reiser and David Steven Simon (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad About You), the coming-of-age story is set in 1970s Los Angeles, when The Tonight Show first moved from New York to Burbank. Reiser and Simon executive produce. David Gordon Green (Red Oaks, Vice Principals) directs.