Posted by Roger Newcomb
April 14, 2014
Actress Carol Burnett, one of America’s most beloved and respected comediennes, has signed on as a special guest star on the highly-anticipated Season One Finale of SIGNED, SEALED DELIVERED, Hallmark Channel’s new Original Primetime Series. The series, which premieres Sunday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, stars Eric Mabius (UGLY BETTY), Kristin Booth (THE KENNEDYS), Crystal Lowe (SMALLVILLE) and Geoff Gustafson (PRIMEVAL: NEW WOLRD) and is Created and Executive Produced by Martha Williamson, best known as the Executive Producer behind the mega-hit TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. Williamson and Burnett, who did a star turn on TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, will be reunited for the first time since the series. In SIGNED, SEALED DELIVERED, Ms. Burnett will guest star as the grandmother of irrepressible #POstable “Norman Dorman (Gustafson),” a core member of the quartet of untraditional mail detectives.
“I never cease to be amazed by the depth of Martha Williamson’s relationships in this business, as evidenced by her ability to invite one of the all-time Queens of Comedy, Carol Burnett, to be a special guest star on SIGNED, SEALED DELIVERED, said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.
“Ms. Burnett brings love and laughter to millions of people all over the world, and she is literally one of the most sought-after, legendary entertainers of all time. The reuniting of Carol Burnett and Martha Williamson will make for an unprecedented, must-see season finale,” Vicary concluded.
“Carol is an American legend who has used words to bring joy and laughter, to encourage, inspire and heal us through nearly six decades of life,” said Series Creator and Executive Producer Martha Williamson. “It’s my privilege to welcome my hero and mentor to the show,” she added.
With her signature humor and warmth, Burnett’s career-defining work on CBS’s popular comedic variety hour, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, made her a television sensation, as well as earned her the distinction of being one of America’s most admired women in entertainment. Consistently ranked as one of the best television shows of all time, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards, making Burnett herself a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner and leading to some of the most memorable moments in television history. In addition to her work on the small screen, which has most recently included guest appearances on HAWAII 5-0, HOT IN CLEVELAND, ALL MY CHILDREN, GLEE and her Emmy-nominated role on LAW & ORDER: SVU, Burnett has written three New York Times bestselling books, including her most recent one “Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story”, for which Burnett received her second Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word.
Starting her career on THE GARRY MOORE SHOW, Burnett simultaneously worked on Broadway, originating the role of Winifred in “Once Upon A Mattress.” Later Broadway credits included “Moon Over Buffalo,” “Noises Off” and “Putting it Together.” And Burnett is also well known for her starring role as “Miss Hannigan” in the film production of the musical Annie.
A Kennedy Center Honoree, Burnett has received the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland Ave. and Selma directly adjacent to Hollywood High School, Carol’s alma mater, Carol Burnett Square.
As the third original series from Hallmark Channel, SIGNED, SEALED DELIVERED is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of a group of postal workers who transform themselves into an untraditional team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow on time. Season One will include 10 one-hour episodes, with Burnett joining the series’ other special guest stars appearing throughout the season, including Valerie Harper, Della Reese, Valerie Bertinelli and Marilu Henner.