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Mar 29, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Carol Burnett, whose November 2001 reunion special on CBS drew nearly 30 million viewers, will reunite with castmates from her classic sketch comedy show for a CBS special tentatively slated to air during .
The previous reunion special, “The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers,” was the fourth most-watched program of 2001 and was nominated for three Emmy Awards. Its performance sparked a spate of nostalgic network projects. The new program, titled “The Carol Burnett Show: Let’s Bump Up the Lights,” will feature memorable moments from the audience question-and-answer segments that used to begin Ms. Burnett’s show, which ran on CBS from 1967 to 1979.
“This is taking the funniest bits of the Q&As and reliving them,” said executive producer Marty Tudor. “It’s hysterical stuff. It’s Carol essentially ad-libbing, and it really portrays her genius.”
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Ms. Burnett, who is also an executive producer, will host the special along with former co-stars Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Lyle Waggoner.
Ms. Burnett said she had the idea for the program after hearing complaints from viewers about the Q&A segments being trimmed in the show’s syndicated run.
“I thought it might be kind of fun to see if we could put together a different kind of clip show instead of blooper and greatest moments, which has been done,” Ms. Burnett said. “It could get wild. You never knew what anybody was going to say.”
The Q&As, Ms. Burnett said, were entirely unscripted. Looking back at the early ones, she said, “They were really kind of awkward.”
“At first I was terrified that they wouldn’t raise their hands,” she said. “And then I was terrified when they did.”