Hello Carol Burnett, goodbye ‘Century’

'Guardian' returns to lineup

CBS is glad to have more time together with Carol Burnett — and ready to say so long to “Century City.”

Eye Wednesday pulled the plug on “City,” just three weeks after the futuristic legal drama bowed to meager numbers in its 9 p.m. Tuesday slot. “The Guardian,” which had been airing on Tuesdays pre-“Century,” will reclaim its timeslot next week.

“City,” from Universal Network Television, had the unenviable task of bowing opposite a two-hour expanded edition of “American Idol.” A special Saturday airing followed NCAA basketball and fared no better.

On a brighter note, CBS execs have convinced Burnett and her cast to return for another clip-based special. “The Carol Burnett Show: Let’s Bump Up the Lights” will air Wednesday, May 5, at 10 p.m.

Hour will revolve around previously unaired clips from the beginning of “The Carol Burnett Show,” when Burnett and others would answer questions from the studio audience. Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner are all set to join Burnett in taping the special.

Burnett’s last CBS special, “Showstoppers,” attracted 30 million viewers in November 2001 and was the most-watched special (not counting awards shows) of the season.

“Let’s Bump Up the Lights” is being produced by Tudor Television in association with CBS Prods. Burnett and Martin Tudor are exec producers.

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