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Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Carol Burnett recalls being told "variety is a man's game" when trying to launch her legendary variety show
Burnett tells Conan O'Brien if it weren't for a CBS contract requiring 30 episodes to be filmed, The Carol Burnett Show might not have happened.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Carol Burnett loves Netflix because execs "stayed away," unlike "too many cooks" on network TV
The star of A Little Help with Carol Burnett, which Netflix released Friday, says executives at Netflix were only involved in the creative process "when we were casting, and then afterwards, they left us alone. That’s why we got to be where we are." Burnett recalls that "when I was doing my show back in the covered-wagon days, they didn’t even want to read a script. Mr. Paley just said 'Go do it. That’s what I’m giving you the time to do, and if you’re successful, we’ll pick you up.' Nobody ever snooped around or bothered us. It was fabulous. But a lot of the networks now, they’ve got an army of people coming to comment and tell you how you should change something, and it’s very bothersome to me. Come on. You guys can’t do what we do, and we don’t do what you do. You’re the business people. Let the artists do their thing, and if we don’t get ratings, okay, it’s our problem. But there are just too many cooks now."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 6:32PM EDT
Carol Burnett: "I'm crazy about anything Vince Gilligan writes"
The comedy legend is a big fan of binge-watching Gilligan's two shows, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, on Netflix, home to her new show A Little Help with Carol Burnett. She also tells Jimmy Kimmel she watches Homeland and Schitt's Creek.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Carol Burnett blames ABC network meddling for killing off her Amy Poehler-produced sitcom pilot
“The pilot was very funny and the audience and everyone seemed to think “whee!,”” Burnett told the New York Post of her pilot, titled Household Name. “Then the network wanted to recast a couple of main parts … and wanted (creator) Michael Saltzman to add extra stuff they thought was funny — more of the family stuff and less of the oddball situation we were in.”
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Carol Burnett learns to Instagram in a teaser for her new Netflix series, premiering May 4
Netflix announced comedian Russell Peters will co-host A Little Help With Carol Burnett with the legendary comedian. All 12 episodes are scheduled to drop on May 4, featuring celebrity guests including Billy Eichner, Lisa Kudrow, DJ Khaled, Mark Cuban and Taraji P. Henson.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Carol Burnett to be honored with the Peabody Awards' inaugural career achievement award
“Suffice it to say there would be no Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Tina Fey without her blazing the trail," says said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. "We are pleased to celebrate the many contributions of a beloved TV icon.”
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 12:56PM EST
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special gets big ratings
About 15.2 million tuned in for the CS reunion special, Sunday’s second-largest audience.
Posted Sunday 12/03/17 at 12:46PM EST
Carol Burnett on her 50th anniversary special: Our show could never have been done today
“It was way too pricey by today’s standards,” Burnett says in advance of tonight’s The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special. “Those fantastic Bob Mackie costumes alone would break the budget. And they’d never let me hire Vicki Lawrence, who was just out of high school and raw as can be. They’d say, ‘Are you crazy?’ But back then—in the covered wagon days—the network left us alone to be artists.”
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
CBS cuts Kevin Spacey out of The Carol Burnett Show's 50th anniversary special
The House of Cards star taped an appearance on the special back in October, performing in a musical number with Carol Burnett, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters. It’s unclear what will happen to that musical number when the special airs on Dec. 3.
Posted Thursday 9/07/17 at 3:13PM EDT
CBS will celebrate The Carol Burnett Show’s 50th anniversary with a star-studded 2-hour special
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special, airing on Dec. 3 will film on Stage 33 of CBS Television City, the show’s original soundstage. Burnett will reminisce with original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. She’ll also be joined by Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Kristin Chenoweth and others.
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