Los Angeles – Carol Burnett was back in the sandbox, as she calls it.
The veteran entertainer had returned to Stage 33 on the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles – the original home base of “The Carol Burnett Show” – to tape a special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking comedy-variety show, which premiered in 1967 and ran for 11 years.
The series had almost been a sitcom called “Here’s Agnes.” But Burnett, a cast member on the variety series “The Garry Moore Show,” wanted a 28-piece orchestra.
“I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ And they said, ‘Oh, no, no, no. Carol all comedy-variety shows are hosted by men – Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, Dean Martin It’s not really for you gals.'”.
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, on the CBS Television Network.
Q: What do you think “The Carol Burnett Show” would look like today? Do you think it would have found a way for the sketches to have some sort of commentary on the politics of today?