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.
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.'
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.
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.
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?"
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
"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.
Do 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.
As 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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