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.
A Major Edit
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 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.
Mildred Fierce and Torchy Song
Carol Burnett carried her love for movies into her show, where they would spoof famous films and characters. Spoofing a film is always risky because there’s the chance of offending the famous actors that they’re imitating. Carol took a risk by spoofing two of Joan Crawford’s famous movies.
In the first spoof, the show did a funny rendition of the hit film “Mildred Pierce.” Carol heard through the grapevine that Joan loved the sketch and thought it was hilarious. Feeling bold, Carol and the cast went forward with a take on another one of Joan’s movies, “Torch Song.” This backfired because Joan thought the skit was mean-spirited.
A Critique from Cary Grant
“The Family” was one of the show’s most popular and iconic sketches. However, not everyone was a fan of the crotchety, bickering family. Carol Burnett and her husband attended a small dinner where they sat next to legendary film star Cary Grant. Carol and Cary were well-acquainted, so Cary probably felt comfortable sharing his unfiltered thoughts about the popular sketch.
Cary Grant absolutely hated “The Family” sketch. He said the characters of Mama, Eunice, and Ed gave him “the willies,” and he hated how they were always yelling at each other. Cary later apologized to Carol for his harsh remarks. Thankfully, it was all water under the bridge.