CBS’ recent Ed Sullivan special did so well in the ratings (No. 1 for the week of Feb. 11) that producer Andrew Solt has decided to bring back the variety king in a repackaged weekly half-hour syndicated series. ”I’ve produced about 75 hours of TV specials in my career,” says Solt, ”but I’ve never had a bigger hit than the Sullivan retrospective. It really touched a nerve with people.” Last year Solt purchased 1,000 hours of The Ed Sullivan Show (which ran from 1948 to 1971), and he has been combing through them ever since. ”The Byrds, Lovin’ Spoonful, the Doors — there’s just so much history in those old shows,” he says. ”Sullivan couldn’t act, couldn’t sing, couldn’t dance — he could barely introduce guests. But he was able to attract a remarkable range of talent.” Solt will produce another two-hour Sullivan special for CBS to run within the next year. His 30-minute Sullivan reruns (the original shows were 60 minutes each) should be ready for broadcast in 1992.
Posted March 22 1991 — 12:00 AM EST
- 'Fantastic Four' cast says they still haven't seen the film
- Candace Cameron Bure shares new 'Fuller House' photo
- 'Deadpool' red band trailer to officially debut Tuesday on 'Conan'
- Dave Grohl responds in Italian to 1,000 fans who covered ‘Learn to Fly’
- Someone cut together 280 movies for an epic 'Uptown Funk' cover
- Box office report: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,’ 'Vacation'
- First teaser for 'Zoolander 2' asks one big existential question
- 'The Walking Dead' Season 6: 12 EW exclusive photos
- 10 must-have items from the 'Mad Men' auction: Exclusive
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- FKA Twigs, Adrian Grenier, Bethenny Frankel and More!