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Welcome back, Carol Burnett

The comedy legend is making a return to TV, but will viewers be glad to see her?

From Campaign US: If you are a certain age, I don’t have to tell you much about “The Carol Burnett Show,” one of the most memorable variety-themed television shows in history. So, when I heard the news that Carol was returning to the small screen next year in a still untitled ABC multi-camera sitcom from Amy Poehler, my emotions ranged from excitement to trepidation. I remember all too well what happened when another famous redhead, Lucille Ball, attempted a comeback.

In 1988, Lucy made an ill-fated attempt to recreate the success of her seminal sitcom “I Love Lucy” and her two other hit shows, “The Lucy Show” and “Here’s Lucy,” with ABC’s “Life with Lucy.” Aaron Spelling, who produced “Life with Lucy,” once told me he remembered the deafening silence in the studio audience during the filming of a scene where Lucy was having some comical misadventures on a ladder. “They would have laughed in the past; this was typical Lucy,” he said. “But Lucy at 75 doing physical comedy had the audience worried she would fall.”

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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