The Entertainers

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Not to be confused with The Entertainer (disambiguation).
The Entertainers
Carol Burnett Bob Newhart Caterina Valente Entertainers 1964.JPG
Newhart and Burnett with a photo of Valente, 1964.
Genre Variety show
Written by Vincent Bogert
Sydney Zelinka
Tony Webster
Philip Green
Treva Silverman
David Panich
Arnie Rosen
Coleman Jacoby
Starring Carol Burnett, Bob Newhart, and Caterina Valente[1]
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Bob Banner
Producer(s) Joe Hamilton
Running time 60 minutes[1]
Production company(s) Bob Banner Associates, in association with the CBS Television Network
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Picture format black and white videotape
Audio format mono
Original release September 25, 1964[1] – March 27, 1965[2]

The Entertainers is a one-hour American variety show that aired on CBS from September 25, 1964 through March 27, 1965 on the 1964–1965 United States network television schedule. The series, produced by Joe Hamilton, featured three stars, Hamilton's wife Carol Burnett, Caterina Valente, and Bob Newhart.[2] Burnett left her role in the Broadway musical Fade Out - Fade In[3] to star in the series and later was sued by the show's producers for doing so.[4]

Each week, the series, originating from New York, presented comedy sketches and musical numbers performed by a regular repertory company and one or two guest stars (such as Boris Karloff, Phil Silvers, and Chita Rivera). Initially it aired on Friday night at 8:30pm ET/PT. In January 1965 it moved to Saturday night at 9:00pm ET/PT. Newhart and a few of the regular performers left the cast, and Burnett and Valente appeared as co-stars in every remaining episode.[2] The show was taped Friday evenings at CBS Studio 50 (now the Ed Sullivan Theater).

Repertory company[edit]

The repertory company included:[2]

Notable episodes[edit]


  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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