The Young and the Restless News February 6, 2024


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Carol Burnett’s Endearing Memories of Studio 33: A Tribute to Television History

In the vibrant era of television entertainment, Studio 33 held a special place in the heart of legendary entertainer Carol Burnett. Nestled within the same building that currently houses The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, Studio 33 was more than just a production facility—it was a theater of memories, laughter, and creativity. As plans emerge for studio expansion, Burnett reflects on the cherished history of the space that nurtured her iconic variety series, The Carol Burnett Show, from 1967 to 1978.

The Young and the Restless News February 6, 2024
Carol Burnett.

During a recent gathering at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, Burnett and her Palm Royale castmates, including Kristen Wiig and Laura Dern, unveiled their upcoming Apple TV series set in 1969. Amidst the excitement, Burnett took a moment to reminisce about her time at Studio 33 and express her hopes for its preservation amidst evolving production landscapes.

Studio 33, affectionately dubbed “the little theater” by Burnett, offered a unique ambiance conducive to theatrical productions. Unlike typical studio setups, Studio 33 featured two-way access for the audience, allowing them to immerse themselves fully in the live experience. Burnett fondly recalls the camaraderie shared with her castmates—Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, and Lyle Waggoner—as they taped their weekly shows on Friday nights.

The magic of Studio 33 lay in its efficiency and intimacy. With swift costume and set changes, Burnett’s theater background infused the production with a dynamic energy that captivated audiences. From opening Q&A sessions to comedic sketches and musical numbers, The Carol Burnett Show epitomized the essence of variety entertainment, all condensed within a two-hour window—a feat rarely seen in today’s television landscape.

Reflecting on the current state of television production, Burnett expresses a sense of nostalgia for the bygone era of live shows and spontaneous creativity. In an age where sitcom tapings can stretch into the early hours, Studio 33 represented a golden period of television where efficiency and artistry intersected seamlessly.

As discussions surrounding Studio 33’s future unfold, Burnett remains hopeful that elements of its rich history will endure for generations to come. While the landscape of television continues to evolve, preserving the legacy of iconic studios like CBS Television City stands as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and shared experiences.

In the midst of anticipation for Palm Royale’s release on Apple TV, Burnett’s reflections serve as a poignant reminder of the timeless charm and cultural significance embodied by Studio 33. As audiences prepare to embark on new adventures in entertainment, may Studio 33 remain a cherished landmark—a testament to the enduring legacy of Carol Burnett and the golden age of television.


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