Remembering a television legend: Carl Reiner RIP

Published by : TelevisionVanguard
*** Special update notation - CBS on this coming Friday, July 3rd, at 8pm edst, 7pm central, will be broadcasting two colorized episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show as a tribute to Carl Reiner. The episodes will be season Five's 'Coast to Coast Big Mouth', followed by Season Three's 'October Eve.' Both episodes featured Mr. Reiner in the guest cast. For those who miss the broadcast on Friday, we believe CBS will have the two episodes on-demand via streaming service.***

One of television's all-time greats, Carl Reiner, died last night, June 29, 2020 of natural causes in Beverly Hills. Mr. Reiner was 98.

Born in the Bronx in 1922, Carl Reiner would develop his comedic skills to become one of the entertainment industry's most admired performers, as writer, director, producer and actor, his career spanned over six decades.

He began his career on television's working on Sid Caeser's 'Your Show Of Shows' in 1950. That series was legendary for the number of writers and comedic acting talent that was assembled for that show, including both the young Mr. Reiner, and a young Mel Brooks, who would work together on various projects and comedy skits over the years, including 'The 2000 Year Old Man.'

But it was The Dick Van Dyke Show, which Reiner created, which brought him everlasting fame. After spending a good portion of this evening, Tuesday, June 30th, reviewing the various work and interviews Mr. Reiner did over the years, the Television Vanguard team selected this clip from the 1963 Television Emmy Awards telecast to give viewers a look at the exuberance and wit of Mr. Reiner at a high point in his career with The Dick Van Dyke Show. Truly an electric moment for him and the cast and crew as The Dick Van Dyke Show began it's meteoric rise as consistent Emmy Award winner in that spring of 1963.

Its always fun to look at these vintage Emmy Awards show and to try to pick out the familiar faces in the crowd. The Van Dyke cast is all there, with Dick Van Dyke's wife sitting next to him; and we also noticed Lorne Green (Bonanza), and Don Knotts (The Andy Griffith Show) seated near by. We believe the attractive blond seated near Don Knotts is actress Susan Oliver. The host of the telecast is Joey Bishop (The Joey Bishop Show), and the presenter is Fred MacMurray (My Three Sons). Danny Thomas, (alongside his wife) whose production company (along with partner Sheldon Leonard) produced the Van Dyke Show is also in the audience.

Rest in peace Carl Reiner, and thank you.

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Enjoy. For more information on Carl Reiner here at Television Vanguard, please feel free to view the various video clips, both interviews and performances, in our archives.
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