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Carol Burnett Talks TV (How Bad It Is) And Bette Midler

Mister D: Honey, with America’s thirst for blood, we’re looking at TV executions coming fast….but first we’ll have shows like “I’ll Blow The Chunks, You’ll Eat It”…believe me you don’t want to know how this game is played….yes, TV is that bleak!

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Roger Catlin | TV Eye
July 11, 2007

Carol Burnett Abandons TV

The woman identified as the queen of Saturday night TV admitted Wednesday “I don’t watch television that much anymore.”

Carol Burnett, talking with reporters on behalf of an “American Masters” profile on her coming in November, says of modern television, “I haven’t found it that much fun any more.”

The days when “The Carol Burnett Show” dominated Saturday nights are long gone, she said.

“I feel sorry for anybody starting out today who might want to do what we did. I don’t think it can be done any more. I don’t think a networks have faith in it, or want to put a lot of money in it.”

The landscape looks bleak, she says. “Now it’s pretty much reality shows. They can only go so far.
“I miss good dramas, good comedies. I do miss variety: singing, dancing, sketches, guest stars.”

Burnett says there are people who could handle a variety show she says, mentioning Bette Midler and Martin Short. “They’re funny, they do sketches, they move well, they sing. I’d sure like to be on their shows if they would ever happen.”

The problem is the networks’ lack of interest, she says. “It’s really the suits. They run it.”

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