Get ready to relive some of television's funniest sketches! Comedy queen Carol Burnett is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show with a star-studded special on Sunday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, the same network that hosted her iconic show for 11 seasons.
The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special will be filmed at the show's original soundstage at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. The hit comedy sketch series first premiered on September 11, 1967 and went on to win 25 Primetime Emmys and eight Golden Globe Awards, paving the way for sketch comedy and female comedians. "I wanted our show to be more like a Broadway musical comedy review every week," Burnett told. "I also wanted belly laughs."
Throughout the two-hour anniversary special, the 84-year-old comedian will look back to her favorite sketches, memorable wardrobe moments, and show bloopers. "I can't believe how fast the time went, and what makes me the happiest is that so much of the funny stuff we did still holds up today and we can share it with generations to come," Burnett said in a . "What a great ride!"
She'll also bring back original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, and costume designer Bob Mackie. The star-studded special will feature comedians Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph, and Tom Selleck. "For me to be able to do this, it's like being on the stage with Superman—I can't even fathom it," Connick told Inside Edition. "It's just amazing how she changed television."
Kevin Spacey was originally included in the taping, but was cut from the anniversary special after multiple sexual harassment allegations, according to . He recorded a musical number with Carol, Bernadette, and Kristin, but it's unknown if the number was scrapped or will still be included without Kevin.