MeTV presents early episodes of The Carol Burnett Show not seen on TV in 41 years
"New" episodes of The Carol Burnett Show premiere April 14.
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Starting Sunday, April 14, lost episodes of the groundbreaking The Carol Burnett Show will return to broadcast television only on MeTV, America’s No. 1 classic television network. Airing Sunday nights at 10:30PM | 9:30C and Weeknights at 11PM | 10C, these rarely seen episodes will showcase sketches from the first five seasons of the long-running series, including the premiere episode with Jim Nabors, who became Burnett’s “good luck charm,” and first appearances of adored characters like pitiful Eunice and air-headed Mrs. Wiggins. Many of these milestone episodes have never aired beyond their original debut — until now on MeTV.
"I'm thrilled that our show will be on MeTV, especially since many of the episodes coming up haven't been seen since they were first aired," Carol Burnett said. "The fact that the show holds up after all this time is a testament to the writing and creative staff. It will be fun to see how all of us grew and changed over the course of the first five years. We had the time of our lives and I hope that our viewers will have the time of their lives!"
The Carol Burnett Show made history when it debuted on CBS in 1967 as the first comedy-variety series ever hosted by a woman. Accompanied by supporting cast members Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner and Tim Conway, Burnett showcased her signature charm to more than 30 million viewers per week. In 1977, the show was re-edited for syndication and repackaged as Carol Burnett and Friends, which only included sketches from Seasons 6–11.
More than 50 years later, The Carol Burnett Show is still lauded as the last successful variety series of its kind among critics and historians, and remains a hallmark of Carol Burnett’s legendary career. From 1967–78, the series earned 25 Emmy Awards and eight Golden Globe Awards, making it one of the most acclaimed shows in television history. The series also boasted a 28-piece orchestra, a dozen dancers, a repertory company, and costumes designed by prolific fashion designer Bob Mackie, with extravagant song and dance numbers and iconic guest-stars including Lucille Ball, Alan Alda, Diahann Carroll, Betty White, Cher, The Jackson 5 and many others.
"The iconic and hilarious comedy of Carol Burnett and the cast of The Carol Burnett Show is a tradition on MeTV that our audience tunes to every weeknight," said Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co. "It is our honor to present to her many fans the early seasons of this timeless comedy, back on TV for the first time in 41 years, available six nights a week on MeTV. We love Carol and can’t wait to share these rare episodes."