NBC will host Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love, a retrospective special to celebrate one of America’s favorite talents. The special will air on Carol’s birthday, Wednesday, April 26 at 8/7c on NBC and will stream the next day on Peacock.
Some of the guests include Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Susan Lucci, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Vicki Lawrence.
“This being Hollywood, they wanted to open it up and make it this huge musical extravaganza, and we went out on the street itself and danced and sang and ran up and down fire escapes, and there was even an organ grinder with a monkey. That had nothing to do with the fact that we’re going to be on Easy Street. We found that half of a locket that belonged to Annie’s parents, and then suddenly, the plot went out of the window. It was total overkill. Bernadette and Tim and I were like, ‘Well, we just have to go with it.'”
“I guess they looked at it and realized that it didn’t work, but we already knew that. So, about a month later, I got a call from the film’s producer, Ray Stark, and he said, ‘We’re going to reshoot the Easy Street number with just the three of you in the orphanage.’ That was terrific news and the way it should have been in the first place. It was so much better with just the three villains.”