The Diahann Carroll Show (1976)

In late summer of 1976 (August 14 through September 4), Diahann Carroll hosted her own music and variety show on CBS. Four one hour specials was taped during one single week! Diahann performed, acted, chatted with guest stars and showed off one fantastic dress after another. Said Diahann at the time: "Variety television demands that you give everything you have. It's not like being in a movie where you concentrate on giving the best of your acting talents, or performing in a concert setting where all your energy goes into singing. When you are starring in a variety show you have to do all those things and even more.There's singing, you have to show whatever comedic talent you have and then you have to relate to all of the special guests, who have taken the time out to be with you."
The guest stars included Telly Savalas, Sammy Davis Jr., Jon Lucien, George Benson, Betty White, Marvin Hamlisch and Johnny Mathis. Songs performed by Diahann included not only standards, but also by 1976 popular hits, like "This Is It" and "Mr. Melody". She also included tributes to Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker and a medley (performed together with Sammy Davis Jr.) of songs from Porgy and Bess.
  The series was co-produced by her then husband Robert A. DeLeon, via the production company SuMo, a company he and Diahann had formed. (Sadly, Mr. DeLeon died less than a year after this series was taped.)
  In a 1976 JET magazine, Diahann said, "Considering the facts that we filmed four one-hour shows in only five days, I must say that I am very proud of what we have. It will give America's viewers a chance to see a number of things that you usually don't find on television and we as Black people will be seen in a setting that is sophisticated and not the standard situation comedies which we find so much of. /.../ It was hard work, but I wouldn't have missed the experience for the world and I hope that television audiences will feel as good about the shows as we do."

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