On December 3, five-time Golden Globe winner and Tony recipient Carol Burnett returns to television to toast the 50th anniversary of her award-winning The Carol Burnett Show.
The comedy series ran from 1967–1978 and won eight Golden Globe Awards during its run— including four for Burnett’s performance—and 25 Emmy Awards.
Burnett and original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner will be joined by Bernadette Peters (who is set to return to Broadway early next year in Hello, Dolly!), Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick, Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, and more to honor the hit series in a two-hour special television event.
The group will return to the program’s original soundstage on Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. There, Burnett will recall her favorite sketches, audience Q&As, guests, as well as her most memorable costumes and the staying power of the show.
Burnett is also set to hit the small screen in a currently untitled Netflix series, in which she receives life advice from unlikely mentors: children. Watch the trailer above.
“‘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 in a statement. “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.”
Having debuted September 11, 1967, the show aired for 11 seasons and 276 episodes. The special is produced by Dick Clark Productions with Burnett, Steve Sauer, Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Paul Miller, and Leslie Kolins Small serving as executive producers. The special will feature direction by Miller and wardrobe by original costume designer Bob Mackie.
Burnett made her Broadway debut in the original Once Upon a Mattress as Princess Winnifred, for which she earned a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. She appeared as Hope Springfield in Fade Out — Fade In in 1964 and then took a 30-year hiatus from the Broadway stage before returning for the comedy Moon Over Buffalo in 1995, for which she earned a Tony nomination. She starred in the musical revue Putting It Together in 1999 before making her Broadway writing debut with Hollywood Arms. She was most recently seen on Broadway in the 2014 revival of Love Letters. Burnett was the recipient of a Tony Award Special Award in 1969.
The actor-writer-comedian recently attended the opening night of Prince of Broadway, the musical revue celebrating the career of director-producer Hal Prince.