“I feel sorry for anybody starting out today who might want to do what we did, because I don’t think it can be done anymore,” Burnett said. “I don’t think a network would have faith in it, nor would they want to put money into it. It would cost a lot more to do now what we did then.
“Now it’s pretty much all reality shows, and they can only go so far. I miss variety. I miss singing, dancing, sketches, costumes, guests stars. Maybe somebody can come back some day and a network might have faith in someone who could do that. I can think of a few people who would be wonderful. Bette Midler, Marty Short. Two that come to mind immediately. They’re funny. They can do sketches. They move well. They sing. I’d sure love to guest on one of their shows if that ever happened.
“But it’s really the suits. They run it.” (PBS, 8 ET/PT)