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From ‘The View’ to ‘Red Table Talk,’ the Daytime Emmys Celebrate Two Kinds of Talk Shows

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In 2008, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) divided the Daytime Emmy Award for talk show into two categories — entertainment and informative. The idea was to ensure that series competed against those that were similar in tone and subject matter. Yet, more than a decade later, there is some crossover. “The View,” for example, submits in the entertainment subcategory, despite featuring daily Hot Topics segments that focus on politics and news and undoubtedly end up educating some of its viewers. And “Rachael Ray,” which won in entertainment in 2008 and 2009, is now on the informative ballot.

“By design, our show crosses over through both categories,” says Janet Annino, senior executive producer at “Rachael Ray.” “On a given day, we’ll have a celebrity sitting at the table, Tony Bennett singing, or we’ll devote an entire hour to tips and tricks. If asked to define our show, people here may
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Carol Burnett to Receive Eponymous Golden Globes Special Achievement Award

Carol Burnett to Receive Eponymous Golden Globes Special Achievement Award
Comedy legend Carol Burnett will receive a unique honor, an award named after her, at next year’s Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which throws the gala, has announced that it has created a new special achievement trophy, the Carol Burnett Award, which is meant to honor the “highest level of achievement” in television, specially for the broadcast. The Association is likening it to its Cecil B. DeMille Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” The Burnett Award will be given out annually to people
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Listen: Carol Burnett on Her ‘Unbelievable’ Emmy Nod, ‘Ridiculous’ Network Notes

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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with comedy legend Carol Burnett, who scored her 23rd Emmy nomination for “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special.”

Listen to this week’s podcast for free below and at Apple Podcasts:

Even with six Emmy Awards under her belt, Burnett is still immensely grateful at the recognition by the TV Academy, as well as audiences. “To have this happen now, it’s kind of unbelievable,” Burnett says. “I was happily surprised.”

The program, which is in contention for variety special, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show,” the variety series which ran from 1967 to 1978, and won 25 Emmys over the course of its run.

“We weren’t timely, but what the comedy was is timeless,
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Carol Burnett Is in Great Health and Doesn't Plan on Slowing Down Anytime Soon!

Calling all fans of Carol Burnett! The 85-year-old actress known for The Carol Burnett Show is not only alive and well, but she's still working well into her 80s. "It doesn’t feel like work. If it did, I don't think I'd want to do it," Carol said in a recent interview. The comedian made her television debut in 1967 but her decades-long Hollywood career is far from over. She currently hosts A Little Help With Carol Burnett, a series in which a panel of children attempt to solve adult problems, now streaming on Netflix. A post shared by Carol Burnett (@itscarolburnett) on May 4, 2018 at 2:37pm Pdt "I still go on the road and do my one-woman Q&A show," she revealed. "I enjoy that because I never know what anyone is going to ask — it keeps the old gray matter ticking. You have to be on your toes!" Many
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Carol Burnett Is Still Taking on New Projects at Age 85: "It Doesn't Feel Like Work!"

Comedy legend Carol Burnett doesn’t like to hear no, especially when it comes from a TV studio telling her not to be funny. “When I got my own show, CBS didn’t want me to do [a comedy review],” she recalled on May 19 as she received a Peabody Award in NYC. “They said, ‘No, no, no, Carol, no. Comedy is a man’s game! It’s Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin. It’s just not for you gals.’” But as Carol explained with an explosive “Ha!” she had a contract that let her “push that button” and choose the type of show she wanted todo. “Well, all I can say is, I am so happy I pushed that button!” So are her legions of fans. And since The Carol Burnett Show premiered in 1967, she’s proven to be unstoppable. “I still go on the road and do my one-woman Q&A show,
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Carol Burnett on Feeling ‘Gobsmacked’ Over Her Second Peabody Award

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Carol Burnett on Feeling ‘Gobsmacked’ Over Her Second Peabody Award
No matter how many awards she’s won, Carol Burnett still gets excited by them — even when she’s on her second round. Although Burnett won her first Peabody in 1962, she says receiving the inaugural Career Achievement Award this year, has her “as my friend Julie Andrews would say, ‘gobsmacked.’”

Her first prize came shortly after Burnett burst on the scene on “The Garry Moore Show.” Moore taught her about sharing the spotlight, she says. At table reads, he gave the best lines to whoever got the biggest laugh.

It was a habit she kept for her 11-year run.

“Everybody got a chance to shine,” Burnett says. “Even though my name was in the title, there were sketches when I was supporting Harvey [Korman] and times I was supporting Tim [Conway] or Vicki [Lawrence]. It wasn’t my intent to be egoless.”

Although that show ended 40 years ago, people still laugh talking about favorite skits,
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Carol Burnett Disses Modern Broadcast TV: ‘There Are Just Too Many Cooks Now’

Carol Burnett Disses Modern Broadcast TV: ‘There Are Just Too Many Cooks Now’
Carol Burnett becomes the latest great from TV’s past to enter the world of streaming on Friday with the debut of her Netflix series “A Little Help With Carol Burnett,” and the 85-year-old actress told Vulture that she prefers the streaming world to broadcast television these days, saying “there are just too many cooks now.”

A Little Help” will see Burnett and her co-host, comedian Russell Peters, work with a group of kids to help solve the problems of celebrities including Billy Eichner, Taraji P. Henson and Mark Cuban. The show marks Burnett’s first regular return to television since CBS’ ill-fated attempt at reviving her variety series “The Carol Burnett Show” in the early 1990s. Since then, Burnett had appeared in guest spots on a handful of series including “Glee,” “Hawaii Five-o” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

So why did Burnett decide to return to the television format, particularly on streaming? Burnett told Vulture that working with Netflix reminded her of the early days of TV, where network executives weren’t as involved in the making of the shows.

Also Read: Carol Burnett Receives First-Ever Peabody Career Achievement Award

“I liked it, because they stayed away,” she said of Netflix. “When I was doing my show back in the covered-wagon days, they didn’t even want to read a script.” She added that executives such as CBS’ William Paley would leave her alone. “But a lot of the networks now, they’ve got an army of people coming to comment and tell you how you should change something, and it’s very bothersome to me.”

Burnett said that shooting guest spots on a 22-minute sitcom would take up to five hours, “because everybody, after every scene, there were all these writers and network people saying ‘Oh, no. Change that line.'”

Netflix has winning over the creative community lately, luring big time TV showrunners like Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes away from broadcast television.

Also Read: Why Ryan Murphy Joined the Netflix Revolution (Analysis)

Burnett is just the latest to praise Netflix’s hands-off approach. “They had some notes and suggestions when we were casting, and then afterwards, they left us alone,” she added.

Read the full interview with Vulture here.

Read original story Carol Burnett Disses Modern Broadcast TV: ‘There Are Just Too Many Cooks Now’ At TheWrap
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