Celebrate the 50th anniversaries of 60 Minutes and The Carol Burnett Show tonight on CBS. At 7PM ET, enjoy “Fifty Years of 60 Minutes,” an hour-long look back at the long-running news program. Visit the official 60 Minutes website for more information about the special.
Here’s a promotional spot:
(“Fifty Years of 60 Minutes” commemorates the start of the 50th season of 60 Minutes rather than its 50th anniversary. The series debuted on September 24th, 1968.)
Then at 8PM ET, watch “The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special,” a two-hour celebration featuring Carol Burnett and original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, plus costume designer Bob Mackie. Special guests include Maya Rudolph, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, and Kristin Chenoweth. Read the official press release for “The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special” here. CBS created a website for the special with videos featuring a number of preview clips.
(The Carol Burnett Show premiered on September 11th, 1967. The award-winning variety series ran for 11 seasons and 279 episodes before ending in March 1978.)
Here’s a promo:
It appears CBS will present clips from 60 Minutes and The Carol Burnett Show in its original 4:3 full screen aspect ratio. A welcome change from the usual practice of cropping archival footage to 16:9 widescreen.
60 Minutes and The Carol Burnett Show are by no means obscure. But anniversary specials like these are rare. The television industry, including the broadcast networks, prefer to focus on today and tomorrow rather than look back at yesterday. Kudos to CBS for remembering its past and celebrating its history.
Do you remember the early days of 60 Minutes? Were you watching The Carol Burnett Show when it debuted 50 years ago? Are you excited for tonight’s anniversary specials?