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Sneak Peek: Carol Burnett's Return to 'All My Children'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 3rd 2011 10:00AM
Carol Burnett, All My ChildrenCarol Burnett is bringing Verla Grubbs back to Pine Valley. The legendary actress is returning to 'All My Children' once more before the show leaves ABC on Sept. 23.

Burnett starred as Verla Grubbs in the early 1980s and last returned to the soap opera in 2005 for the show's 35th anniversary.

ABC announced Burnett's return in June. "It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the 'All My Children' family and we look forward to reprising her character," Julie Hanan Carruthers, 'AMC' executive producer, said in a statement earlier this year.

Look for Burnett to appear in the Sept. 6 (1PM ET on ABC) episode. Check out some sneak peek pictures of Burnett back on 'AMC' below.

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Carol Burnett Returning to 'All My Children'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 24th 2011 1:10PM
Carol BurnettCarol Burnett is making a return trip to Pine Valley to bid 'All My Children' farewell in September. Burnett will reprise her role as Verla Grubbs.

Burnett first appeared on 'All My Children' in 1983, in 1995 she returned to host a 25th anniversary special and made a brief cameo in 2005. According to Entertainment Weekly, Burnett will share the screen with soap legends Susan Lucci and Jill Larson when she returns to the series.

"It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the 'All My Children' family and we look forward to reprising her character," Julie Hanan Carruthers, 'All My Children' executive producer, said in a statement.

Josh Duhamel and Eva La Rue are among the other familiar faces returning to 'All My Children' to pay tribute to the show that launched their careers. In September ABC will replace 'AMC' with a food and lifestyle show, 'The Chew.'

Watch a clip of Burnett alongside the late Elizabeth Taylor from 'All My Children.'

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Carol Burnett Talks About the Anonymous Backer Who Helped Launch Her Career (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 21st 2011 2:30PM
Carol Burnett has had a legendary show business career which, she told 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN) is partly thanks someone she barely knows.

In 1956, Burnett was student at UCLA when her professor asked her to perform at a black-tie function for credit. After she was done, she began stuffing hors devours into her purse, so she could take them home to her grandmother.

Suddenly she felt a tap on the shoulder. But instead of reprimanding her, the man who got her attention complimented her performance, and asked about her future plans. When she said she wanted to go to New York to pursue a career in theater, he made her a startling offer: $1,000 to help get her relocated there.

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Carol Burnett Recalls Elizabeth Taylor's Practical Joke on 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 24th 2011 4:45AM
Elizabeth Taylor on 'All My Children'As a longtime friend of Elizabeth Taylor's, Carol Burnett recalled her great sense of humor. Burnett, appearing on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), recounted a particular prank that Taylor played during live filming.

In 1983, Burnett appeared on 'All My Children.' During a scene with Eileen Herlie, "all of a sudden out of the blue, which was not in the script, there is somebody in the charwoman scrub-woman outfit" -- one of her characters from 'The Carol Burnett Show.' It was Taylor.

"I like how you don't break [character], but you look stunned," said Jay Leno before showing the clip.

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Jay Leno Surprises 100-Year-Old Twins With Their Favorite Celebrity, Carol Burnett (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 21st 2011 3:03AM
Carol Burnet & 100-Year Old Twins, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'People always talk about how they'd be willing to wait a long time to meet certain celebrities, or people they really admire. One set of twins had to wait 100 years to meet their celebrity idol, and they didn't even see it coming.

Centenarian twins Inez Harries and Venice Shaw were on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 10:35PM on NBC) to talk about their story and their longevity. Then they were treated to a real surprise when Jay Leno mentioned that he'd read they were fans of Carol Burnett.

"Did you meet her?" he asked them.

"No," they responded.

"Would you like to?"

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 24th 2010 12:00AM
Carol Burnett and Jane Lynch in 'Glee' - 'Furt' on FOX['Glee' - 'Furt']

Tonight's episode was a strange one on a lot of levels. It was largely a music-free episode, and most of the music was backloaded in the second half. We had two characters get married in a near-instant wedding, and another character marry herself -- sorta. And in the only real plot of consequence, we got all of the hand-wringing and machinations, but not as much of the drama that we should have gotten.

It's tough to know what to make of tonight's episode. It was good to see Carol Burnett there belting out a song (without Auto-Tune, thankfully), but otherwise she seemed underutilized. Then again, what brought Doris Sylvester to McKinley in the first place was about as strange a plot as this show has ever developed.

All of this leads me to this question, which is painful for me to ask: Why is Kurt the only one who gets to have a meaty story?

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Top TV Redheads of All Time

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 4th 2010 1:00PM
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Eric Cartman may hate "gingers," but the rest of us know that the redheads in TV land are some of the greatest stars in tube history. In honor of Conan O'Brien's return to late night on Nov. 8 -- yes, spoiler, he made our list -- here are our picks for the top 22 TV redheads of all time:

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Carol Burnett Joins 'Glee' as Sue Sylvester's Mom

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 4th 2010 11:15AM
Carol BurnettSue Sylvester, a legend in her own right, is getting one heck of a legendary actress to play her mom on Fox's 'Glee': Carol Burnett.

The Emmy-winner has been tapped to play the cheerleading coach's mother on the hit musical comedy. According to Ausiello Files, Burnett's episode will air in October or November.

Over the course of the series, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has dropped a few hints about her mom. We know that she, along with an unseen father, was a Nazi-hunter who would go on adventures, leaving Sue to care for her sister.

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Bonnie Hunt Gives Carol Burnett a Birthday Surprise (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 27th 2010 4:30PM
Bonnie Hunt surprises Carol Burnett, who turned 77 yesterday, with a birthday cake and a group of children dressed up as Burnett's best-known sketch characters, bringing the actress to tears on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

The children, who are dressed as Eunice Higgins, Scarlett O'Hara and other Burnett characters, wheel out a large sheet cake and present it to the comedian. Burnett is visibly moved and individually kisses each costumed child.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Carol Burnett Talks Angelina Jolie and Today's Funny Ladies (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 12th 2010 1:30PM
If Carol Burnett had her choice of any actress to play her in a biopic, she'd choose none other than Angelina Jolie, she said on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated). However, when Burnett plumps up her lips in an exaggerated impression of Jolie, something tells us she's not being entirely serious.

Burnett also said she finds today's crop of funny ladies highly entertaining. When Rachael Ray asks Burnett who makes her laugh, she says, "Well, I love the ladies. I love Tina Fey and Amy [Poehler], Tracey Ullman and Ellen DeGeneres."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Six Stars That Should Have TV Shows Again

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2010 2:00PM
MancusoThere are so many channels now, and so many celebrities. It seems like everyone will get a TV show at some point. But there are still some TV stars that no longer have TV shows but really should. For example, someone like Tom Selleck should have a weekly series again, and luckily he is going to return to TV in a new show on CBS.

If not for that recent announcement, Selleck would have been number one on the list that follows after the jump: five stars I'd like to see on a regular TV series again.

1. Nick Mancuso. Mancuso starred in one of my favorite TV shows, 'Stingray,' and he has had a rather interesting career since then. He's been in a couple of TV shows and a slew of movies (including the 'Under Seige' films), but these days it seems like he's very content focusing on his artwork, his writing (check out his blog), and doing the occasional role in a movie.

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Five Shows in the Tradition of 'The Carol Burnett Show'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 2:04PM
carol_burnett_show_logo_cbsTelevision legend Carol Burnett has been making the talk show circuit to promote her new book, a look back at her wonderful, classic variety show 'The Carol Burnett Show,' called "This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection." The book sounds like a must-read, especially if you grew up on the comedy, music and characters that Carol, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner and Tim Conway brought to TV viewers every week.

In fact, to this day, those characters are still hilarious. Last week, my sister and I recalled the Mrs. Wiggins sketch, with Tim Conway as Mr. Tudball. We both laughed at the memory.

Sadly, 'The Carol Burnett Show' today is like a relic from the past. It was in many ways the end of an era. Like Carol herself said in USA Today, the cost of those shows would be too much today. But when she was doing her show, CBS Television City was also producing 'The Sonny & Cher Show,' 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' and 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.' That was a lot of variety, something that's non-existent today .

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Carol Burnett Reflects on Staying Positive in Show Business (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 6th 2010 12:50PM
Carol BurnettCarol Burnett knew she'd make it in Hollywood because of Jimmy Stewart. "I never felt that I wouldn't be able to support myself in show business," Burnett said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC). The legendary comic is promoting her new memoir, 'This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection,' and taking a walk down memory lane. Going to the movies and seeing Jimmy Stewart and Judy Garland always have a happy ending made Burnett optimistic about her career.

"It was in my mind that once I got to New York ... things would happen and in a funny way they did," Burnett said. "I was never scared and I was never cynical."

Video after the jump.

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Star Trek: the television parodies - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 18th 2008 1:26PM

A Simpsons' parody of Star TrekDo not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.

The original version of Star Trek has been a show with two faces. On the one face, it was a serious show that dramatized the good and glorious future we humans could have after we screwed everything up (though, with so many wars going on around the galaxy, how good and glorious could it be?). On the other face, at least to some, it was a campy science fiction show that featured poor special effects, bad acting, and tunics that really didn't hold up to space travel too well.

Since the show left the airwaves in 1969, that second face is the one that television shows throughout the decades have parodied. Whether it be the original series itself, or the subsequent movies, or the conventions that sprung up from this show that lasted only 79 episodes. Shows both animated and live-action have found ways to skewer the show's, and its fans', good intentions. After the jump you'll find a few examples of those parodies either to laugh with or be angry at.

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17 comedic actors who moved into dramatic television roles

by Richard Keller, posted May 1st 2008 12:20PM

The comedians who made inwards into drama are featured in this articleAs AOL Television continues their look at the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever with their Top 10, we here at TV Squad are also looking at television comedy, but with a slightly skewed difference. Last week, we took a look at the Saturday Night Live cast members from 1996 to 2006 that made it to the big time. This week, we get a bit more serious.

There are those in the industry who say that it is easier to go from acting in a drama to acting in a comedy than it is the other way around. Yet, as you will see from the list we've compiled after the jump, there are plenty of comedic actors who have jumped from the world of comedy films, stand-up comedy, and television sitcoms into the more serious world of drama. In many cases they have had even greater success than they did on the other side of the tracks. There have even been instances where they stayed in the drama genre and never went back to being funny.

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