CBS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show!

The Carol Burnett Show, featuring from left: Vicki Lawrence (as Mama Harper) Carol Burnett (as Eunice Higgins), Tim Conway (as Mickey Hart). Image dated December 2, 1977. Copyright ©1977 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS

It’s been fifty years since the debut of The Carol Burnett Show – the first variety/comedy to be hosted by a woman and a show wasn’t expected to last one season but went for eleven.

CBS will celebrate that anniversary with the two-hour The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special – featuring Carol Burnett, original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, and guests ranging from Jim Carrey and Jay Leno to Kristin Chenoweth and Jane Lynch.

The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special will air on Sunday, December 3rd (8/7C).

CBS CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLASSIC, AWARD-WINNING COMEDY PROGRAM “THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW” WITH A NEW STAR-STUDDED TWO-HOUR SPECIAL

Carol Burnett interacting with the audience of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW. Image dated October 7, 1967. Copyright ©1967 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS

“The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special” to Air Sunday, Dec. 3 

Carol Burnett, Original Cast Members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, Costume Designer Bob Mackie, along with Celebrities Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and More Will Commemorate the Groundbreaking Show 

CBS will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carol Burnett’s classic, award-winning comedy series with THE CAROL BURNETT 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, a new two-hour star-studded event featuring Burnett, original cast members and special guests, on Sunday, Dec. 3 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Filming on Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, the show’s original soundstage, Burnett will reminisce about her favorite sketches, Q&As with the studio audience, guest stars, her memorable wardrobe and bloopers, as well as the tremendous effect the show continues to have on television today as a true pioneer of sketch comedy.

“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 Carol Burnett Show’ was a comedy showcase that was years ahead of its time. 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.”

The special will also feature original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, costume designer Bob Mackie, as well as other comedians, comic actors and friends, including Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, among others, who will join Burnett to discuss how the revolutionary series paved the way for them and impacted their careers.

“The Carol Burnett Show” premiered on Sept. 11, 1967 and starred Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner and Tim Conway. Airing for 11 seasons and a total of 276 episodes, the show earned a total of 25 Primetime Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Variety-Music/Comedy Series. In addition, the show earned eight Golden Globe Awards, including one for Best Television Show – Comedy or Musical, and Burnett received four for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical.

THE CAROL BURNETT 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL will be produced for television by dick clark productions. Carol Burnett, Steve Sauer, Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Paul Miller and Leslie Kolins Small are executive producers. Paul Miller directs.

RATING: To Be Announced

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