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The Entertainers was a one-hour American variety show which aired on CBS from September 25, 1964 through March 27, 1965.

The Entertainers
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Newhart and Burnett with a photo of Valente, 1964.
GenreVariety show
Written byVincent Bogert
Sydney Zelinka
Tony Webster
Philip Green
Treva Silverman
David Panich
Arnie Rosen
Coleman Jacoby
StarringCarol Burnett, Bob Newhart, and Caterina Valente[1]
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Executive producer(s)Bob Banner
Producer(s)Joe Hamilton
Running time60 minutes[1]
Production company(s)Bob Banner Associates, in association with the CBS Television Network
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Picture formatblack and white videotape
Audio formatmono
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1964[1] –
March 27, 1965[2]

Produced by Joe Hamilton, the series featured three hosts; Hamilton's then-wife Carol Burnett, Bob Newhart, and Caterina Valente[2]. In order to serve as a regular host, it was necessary for Burnett to leave her role in the Broadway musical Fade Out - Fade In[3], and was summarily sued by the show's producers for breach of contact.[4]

Broadcast weekly from New York, where it was taped Friday evenings at CBS Studio 50 (now the Ed Sullivan Theater), the variety show format was typical of the period. It contained a mix of comedy sketches, musical numbers performed by a regular group of series' artists and having one or two guest stars (such as Boris Karloff, Phil Silvers, and Chita Rivera) who hosted, alongside Burnett and Valente each week. Initially airing Friday night at 8:30pm ET/PT, but after not doing well in the ratings, the show was moved in January 1965, to Saturday's at 9:00pm ET/PT, and the format was slightly altered, with Newhart and a few of the series' regulars leaving the cast, and Burnett and Valente taking co-hosting positions for the remainder of the series' run.[2]

Repertory companyEdit

The repertory company included:[2]

Notable episodesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Television, Records, Cinema, and Books (Friday, September 25, 1964) from Time magazine
  2. ^ a b c d e Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (1988). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 - Present. Ballantine Books. p. 238. ISBN 0-345-35610-1.
  3. ^ Fade Out - Fade In from the Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ Carol Burnett from All Movie Guide via The New York Times
  5. ^ Ruth Buzzi from All Movie Guide via The New York Times
  6. ^ Song-&-Glance Man (Friday, July 9, 1965) from Time magazine
  7. ^ Theater, Television, Records, Cinema, and Books (Friday, December 11, 1964) from Time magazine
  8. ^ Theater, Television, Records, Cinema, and Books (Friday, December 25, 1964) from Time magazine

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