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The honor from Washington's Kennedy Center is given to someone who has "had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain." Burnett, whose long career includes six Emmy Awards and a place in the TV comedy pantheon for "The Carol Burnett Show," will be the 16th recipient of the award.
"From her television program and appearances, as well as her performances on Broadway and in film, Carol Burnett has entertained generations of fans with her vibrant wit and hilarious characters," Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein says in a statement. "We are delighted to pay tribute to this unique and beloved entertainer."
This year, the Kennedy Center has chosen Carol Burnett as the recipient of the 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The TV legend launched The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, and it ran for 11 seasons on CBS, scoring 25 Emmys; Burnett herself won six over the course of her career, not to mention eight Golden Globes, 12 People's Choice Awards and a Peabody (for the 1979 ABC movie Friendly Fire). "I can't believe I'm getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center. It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington," Burnett said Tuesday in a statement. Photos: TV's
- THR staff
In preparation for Star Trek Into Darkness, we present you with these dark moments…
The image supposedly is from a first season episode of The Carol Burnett Show. Surprisingly, little seems to be known about the details of why Leonard Nimoy is there in full Spock regalia. Some sources indicate that the skit uses Spock as a punchline for Burnett wanting baby advice from “Dr. Spock,” though is both supported and refuted, depending on what source you want to go with. Other sites say that the sketch is titled “Mrs. Invisible Man,” though no details about the it or why Nimoy is there are offered.
Pretty funny, though.
via Your moment of TrekZen*. | The Fog of Ward.
And we would be remiss if we didn’t point you to this meeting of the Spocks…
Click here to view the embedded video.
- Glenn Hauman
On TV this Monday: Castle, How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls end for the season; 90210‘s number is up; Hell’s Kitchen serves an extra helping and Warehouse 13 hosts an out-of-this-world reunion. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm 90210 (The CW) | Two-hour series finale: After a retrospective featuring the show’s stars, the gang comes together when a traumatic event makes them realize the importance of their relationships. Prince Michael Jackson guest-stars, and the Goo Goo Dolls perform. (Get scoop.)
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | Tonight’s two-hour episode features two elimination rounds and a »
- Kimberly Roots
There's no denying that Carol Burnett has left her mark on Hollywood. Now that mark is official as the intersection of Highland Avenue and Selma Avenue has renamed Carol Burnett Square. The ceremony took place April 18, with Burnett on-hand to unveil a sign marking the intersection.
The intersection, just outside of Burnett's alma mater, Hollywood High, holds a special place in Burnett's heart. The actress tells a local CBS affiliate, "To have a square named after me -- at Highland and Selma -- it's like a miracle." Burnett first moved to Hollywood with her grandmother as a child. "I remember going with my grandmother to the movies on Hollywood Boulevard when I was young. And the movies kinda gave me my start," she says.
Back on The Carol Burnett Show, the comedy queen and Betty White played sisters Eunice and Ellen Harper in the recurring "Mama's Family" sketches. More than three decades later, they're reuniting on the June 26 episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. Carol Burnett guest stars as Penny, the hoarding mother of Victoria (Wendie Malick) and Bess (Jean Smart), who used to host a puppet show and now fakes senility to keep her daughters close. »
Jonathan Winters, who was considered one of the top comedians of the 60s, 70s and 80s, has passed away of natural causes on Thursday at his home in Montecito, California. He was 87 years old. The actor has appeared on such shows as "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," "The Jonathan Winters Show," "Mork and Mindy," and "The Twilight Zone." He also starred in such movies as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Smurfs" and the upcoming "Smurfs 2." Over the years, Winters received countless award nominations. He won a Grammy for his comedy albums and an Emmy for his supporting role in the "Davis Rules" sitcom. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." »
Beloved film and TV actor Jonathan Winters passed away last night at the age of 87, at his home in Montecito, California. The comedian passed from natural causes while surrounded by friends and family members.
Born in 1925 in Dayton, Ohio, Jonathan Winters' career was launched after he won a talent contest, which lead to a local TV series in the early 1950s. He became a fixture on the stand up comedy circuit and on The Tonight Show, where he was a favorite of hosts Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. He also made many appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He launched his own series The Jonathan Winters Show in 1967.
Jonathan Winters, once described by “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar as “pound for pound, the funniest man alive” and a comedian whose freeform work with multiple voices and personalities presaged the antics of comics such as Robin Williams, died of natural causes Thursday in Montecito, Calif. at 87.
A pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy, he was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ goofball alien and his earthling wife in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.” He appeared in numerous films including “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” and did extensive voice work on toons including “The Smurfs.”
Born Jonathan Harshman Winters III in Dayton, Ohio, Winters was raised mostly by his divorced mother, a radio personality in Springfield, Ohio, and showed an early gift for mimicry. »
- Carmel Dagan
This hasn't been a good week for veterans of television and movies, compounded by today's announcement that actor/comedian Jonathan Winters--considered to be one of the most influential comedians of the '60s, '70s and '80s--has passed away at the age of 87 of natural causes in Montecito, California. Born in Dayton, Ohio on November 11, 1925, Winters became a regular on television during the '50s and '60s, appearing in many specials as well as having a key role in his first movie, the comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World . Things really picked up in the late '60s as Winters became a regular on "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and his own beloved "The Jonathan Winters Show." In the early '80s, Winters became a regular on »
Logo's latest documentary is a nuanced symposium on gender roles and sexuality
with What?! I'm a Stripper.
Deadline thinks that The Carrie Diaries has a decent shot at renewal thanks to online viewership, hoping that Carrie will mirror Heart of Dixie's performance, which was able to turn streaming viewers into improved ratings in the second season. Carrie may be starting to get on my nerves the way her adult self did, but it would be a shame to lose Walt so soon. Meanwhile, the ratings challenged Nikita is likely get a final season to wrap its storylines.
Don't expect a third season of The Glee Project this summer. TVLine reported yesterday that the competition won't be returning to Oxygen due to a mix of low ratings and that Glee's next season still isn't official. However, an Oxygen spokesperson told TheWrap that the Glee companion series is merely "on hold. »
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The Carol Burnett Show (1967–78) was a comic variety show that went on for eleven years and 278 episodes. A comedy success if ever there was one. The following, however, is not a joke. The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Favorites (Regular, 2 DVD, 7 DVD Limited Edition, Collector’s Edition, or with Bonus Episodes), The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers, The Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together (Regular or Collector’s Edition), The Carol Burnett Show: Volume 1-9 (Collector’s Edition), The Carol Burnett Show: Let’s Bump Up the Lights, Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection, and then there are the many, apparently arbitrarily combined collections of two nonsequential episodes (variously called “Volume [Arbitrary Ordinal Assignment]”. All available on Amazon for a variety of prices. I’d like to point out that the so-called Ultimate Collection has about a fifth of the episodes. »
- Jason Ratigan
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