The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special – Opinion

The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special airs December 3rd, 8pm on CBS.

It makes sense for the entertainment world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carol Burnett’s classic, award-winning comedy series. Without The Carol Burnett Show, Saturday Night Live probably would have never existed and countless careers would never be launched. If social media was around in that era, clips from the weekly broadcast would have quickly gone viral. Burnett was truly a comedy trailblazer ahead of the times. This two hour special sees her reuniting with original cast members and special guests. The special actually filmed on the show’s original soundstage, Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

Even if you’re not a fan of Carol Burnett (and who isn’t?) it’s really interesting to see her reminisce about her favorite sketches and do a Q&A with the studio audience. The many guest stars, like Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph, and Martin Short are a big draw as well. They all stop by to recreate famous scenes and explain how the program paved their careers 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 Burnett. “What a great ride!”

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8 thoughts on “The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special – Opinion

  1. I watched to remember the Carol Burnett Show I watched as a child. What were all those guest stars doing there. They had nothing to do with the show. So very distracting and unnecessary. Isn’t there enough from all her many shows to just share those memories.

  2. I agree 100%. Those guest “stars” were totally unessasary and so annoying. I would have loved to see Carol with more people who were actually on the show! And don’t get me started on the obnoxious Stephen Cobert!

  3. This Anniversary show was not well done. I was sad and uncomfortable to watch the stiff delivery of most of the guests. Those who did not read the cue cards helped redeem this format, (Martin Short, Jim Carey & Vicki Lawrence) but when Amy Poehler said her name, “Amy” and then read her line that followed I wondered what had gone on backstage to make her seem so uncomfortable. Kaley Cuoco not only seemed uncomfortable she seemed irritated to be there….unengaged like a child forced to perform at a family gathering……”yes I’ll say what I need to but I won’t like it and you’ll know I’m not happy!” Maya Rudolf was great but at times seemed like the sibling who is trying to do a good job to cover up for whatever rancor is going on that everyone is trying to hide……but we all see it! Carol tried, but she was not at her best. I really wanted to LOVE this! The clips of the old shows were what kept me tuned in for the whole hour.

  4. Yeah this was bad. I fast forwarded through the DVR. The whole thing was ill conceived: having a bunch of people that Carol barely knows. I guess she thought that by having them on, more people would watch it, which is probably true. But to her lifetime fans, we saw through all of it. Where was Conway? He wasn’t even included in the press releases which started in Sept., so this “he was sick” on the day of filming is a bunch of bull. You wanna have guests? Ok, well how about having guests that were ACTUALLY ON THE SHOW, who are still living of course: Cher, Betty White, Maggie Smith, Dick Van Dyke (ok he’s 92 so maybe not), Steve Lawrence, Liza Minelli, Julie Andrews, Dick Smothers, John Davidson, Shirely Jones, Joel Grey, I mean the list goes on and on. Now THAT would have been a show. It’s almost like Carol is just doing it for the attention and desperate to seem “current.” It can’t be for the money. The multiple release, every other year DVD sales alone made her richer than God. The whole thing look forced and not authentic. Please enough of these Carol, ok? I want to remember you in a good light. Not some desperate has-been who doesn’t know when to bow out. Book releases, Kennedy Honors, Twain Prize, Emmys, Globes, SAG lifetime achievement award – not sure what else there can be done. Looking back we can read between the lines at Conway’s comments at the Mark Twain prize (the last time he showed up): “Well, we just keep following Carol to these things. This is our 6th city on the tour!” And then when Carol went up to receive the Twain prize she said, “well it’s about time.”! Really, Carol? I think i’m gonna go with Conway on this one: I lived it, I loved it, it became a part of me but enough is enough I think.

    1. Well stated John! This show was not memorable………yet had anyone considered, as you suggested, the former guests, who are still alive being invited, the whole show may have been worthy of our fond memories. Leaves one wondering if some of those you mentioned were invited but ….”already had plans” for the taping dates.

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