CBS will soon be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Carol Burnett’s classic, award-winning comedy series with a new two-hour, star-studded event featuring Carol Burnett herself.
Alongside Burnett will be the original cast members and some special guests, such as Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, among others. They will join Burnett to discuss how the revolutionary series paved the way for them and impacted their careers.
“I can’t believe how fast the time went, and what makes me the happiest is that so much of the funny stuff we did still holds up today, and we can share it with generations to come,” said Carol Burnett. “What a great ride!”
The special will be filmed at the show’s original soundstage, on Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. During the special, Burnett will reminisce about her favorite sketches, have a Q&A segment with the studio audience and guest stars. She’ll go through her memorable wardrobe and bloopers, as well as the long lasting effect that the show continues to have on television today.
“The Carol Burnett Show’, which premiered on Sept. 11, 1967, was a comedy showcase.
“If social media existed then, clips from the broadcast would have quickly gone viral,” said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation. “We are very proud of the show’s significant place in CBS’ legacy, as well as in television history, and we look forward to this primetime celebration of incredible talent, led by the incomparable Carol Burnett.”
Airing for 11 seasons and a total of 276 episodes, the show went on to earn eight Golden Globe Awards, including one for Best Television Show, Comedy or Musical, and Burnett received four for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical. The show ultimate earned a total of 25 Primetime Emmy Awards.
The anniversary special is set to premiere on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8:00PM ET on the CBS3.