PBS has announced “Carol Burnett Night,” Tuesday, April 9, (check local listings) comprised of two shows chronicling the longtime success of the television comedy icon in conjunction with the release of her new memoir.
An encore of the 90-minute “AMERICAN MASTERS Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character” begins the night, followed by a 30-minuted encore edition of the PBS series “PIONEERS OF TELEVSION” titled “Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies.”
Summaries of the programs and the memoir, provided by PBS, are as follows:
AMERICAN MASTERS “Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character” airs Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m.. The show salutes this one-woman army of comedic characters who seduced countless Saturday night friends to fall in love with her and her wacky creations. The film is directed by Kyra Thompson, who frames the 90-minute film with one of Burnett¹s signature devices: the audience Q&A that faithfully opened her weekly show (which won 25 Emmy Awards from 1967 to 1978). The questions and Burnett¹s hilarious improvised responses provide the spine for a story of her life and career. Interviews with those who knew her best reveal the personal side of the public personae.
PIONEERS OF TELEVISION “Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies” airs at 8:30 p.m., and is built around Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Betty White three leading ladies of television comedy. The episode includes reflections from Carol Burnett, Betty White, Tina Fey, Dick Van Dyke, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho and the late Phyllis Diller, recounting stories about the featured funny ladies and discussing their impact on American television and entertainment. The episode includes iconic clips and photos to offer an insider¹s look at these beloved celebrities.
“Carol Burnett Night” honors the veteran funny woman as her new memoir, CARRIE AND ME: A Mother-Daughter Love Story, is released on April 9. The memoir is Burnett’s poignant tribute to her daughter Carrie Hamilton, a young woman whose zest for life was infectious. From her struggle with drug addiction as a teenager to her successful artistic career, the book reveals a woman who took advantage of every day until her death from cancer at 38. Sharing personal diary entries, photographs and correspondence, Burnett traces the mother and daughter’s journey through the ups and downs of life.
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