Fans were sad when “The Carol Burnett Show” ended in March of 1978. Fans were further disappointed when the show went into syndication. Sadly, the hour-long program had to be cut down to only 30 minutes. That meant that all of the show’s musical acts were cut out. Other parts, like the famous Q&As, were shortened.
Carol wasn’t a fan of the syndication editing, either. When re-runs of the show were first aired, Carol explained that the music had to be cut because paying for the rights was too expensive. She wanted fans to enjoy re-runs of their favorite show, so she still went through with the syndication.
A Good Luck Charm
Some performers are superstitious and like to adopt rituals and charms for good luck. Surprisingly, Carol Burnett had her own good luck ritual for her show. In her case, the good luck charm was actually a person by the name of Jim Nabors.
The comedian and actor appeared on the very first episode of the show. Since that first episode led to many years of success, Carol always had Jim as a guest star on the first episode of every season. The tradition seemed to have worked out for quite some time, considering that “The Carol Burnett Show” ran for eleven seasons.
A Dynamic Duo
Carol Burnett is one of the most famous comedians of our time. Modern-day fans may be surprised to learn that she is best friends with Julie Andrews. Their professional work seems so different, right? However, the two women have been friends for decades and got their start in Hollywood around the same time.
Julie and Carol performed together on “The Garry Moore Show” and even co-starred in a CBS special titled “Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall” in 1962. Julie is definitely more of a comedian than she would have us think. The two stars are known pranksters and love spreading good-natured havoc whenever they go to events together.
A Golden Anniversary
It’s hard to believe, but the very first episode of “The Carol Burnett Show” premiered over 50 years ago. The groundbreaking show made its CBS Debut on September 11, 1967, and continued for eleven seasons. The show’s sense of humor and comedic timing is ageless and still rings true to this day.
That was proven in 2017 when CBS put together “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special.” The hour-long special was filmed on the original soundstage and brought together the show's original cast. Other special guests included new and classic Hollywood legends such as Jim Carrey, Bernadette Peters, and Stephen Colbert.
A Revival Flop
Reboots are a dime a dozen nowadays, but Carol Burnett tried her hand at a reboot back in the 90s. In 1991, she tried reviving her show with a few of the original cast members and some fresh, new writers. The show was a total flop and lasted only four episodes.
“The Carol Burnett Show” reboot didn’t have the same charisma and charm as the original show. There was a conflict between Carol and the writers, who wanted to try something new. Critics ended up thinking it was trying too hard to go back to the “good old days” and largely panned it.