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The Diahann Carroll Show is a series of four musical variety television specials, starring Diahann Carroll, that aired on CBS in 1976.[1] The show was a summer replacement for The Carol Burnett Show.[2]

The Diahann Carroll Show
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Diahann Carroll
StarringDiahann Carroll
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes4
Running time
60 (including commercials)
Production company(s)SuMo
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseAugust 14 –
September 4, 1976

The series' four episodes were taped over a period of five days. Guests on the premiere episode included Telly Savalas and Sammy Davis, Jr (with whom Carroll sang a medley of songs from Porgy and Bess). Other guests during the brief season included composer Marvin Hamlisch, Betty White, Phyllis Diller and Johnny Mathis. Carroll's costumes were designed by Bob Mackie.

Reviews were generally positive where Carroll's performance was concerned, but the limited production values (due to the show's small budget) and scripting were less well received.[3]

At the time, Carroll told Jet magazine that "Considering the facts that we filmed four one-hour shows in only five days, I must say that I am very proud of what we have .... It was hard work, but I wouldn't have missed the experience for the world and I hope that television audiences will feel as good about the shows as we do."[4]


  1. ^ "Filmography". Diahann!. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Diahann Carroll Show Premieres". The Virgin Islands Daily News (August 24, 1976). Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ Drew, Michael. "Gifted Diahann Shortchanged". The Milwaukee Journal (August 14, 1976). Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Filmography". Diahann!. Retrieved 9 February 2012.