Mel Brooks’ prolific career will be showcased Monday night in a new documentary airing on
Mel Brooks’ prolific career will be showcased Monday night in a new documentary airing on PBS’ “American Masters.” The 86-year-old Brooks is one of a handful of celebrities whose trophy case includes an Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy. Here are five of his notable TV accomplishments.
v “Your Show of Shows” (1950-54): Brooks was a member of the dream team (Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Mel Tolkin, Danny Simon) writing sketches for the innovative and influential variety show starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.
v “Get Smart” (1965): He co- created with Buck Henry the sitcom about a bumbling secret agent (Don Adams) that parodied the James Bond phenomenon. (Brooks was not involved with the show beyond its pilot episode.)
v “When Things Were Rotten” (1975): Critically acclaimed, but little-watched, Brooks’ Robin Hood satire starring Dick Gautier and Dick Van Patten lasted only three months. Brooks was able to reuse many of the lines he originally wrote for the show in his much more successful 1993 parody movie, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
v “Mad About You” (1996-99) : Playing Paul Buchman’s (Paul Reiser) Uncle Phil, Brooks won three prime-time Emmys for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series.
v “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2004): Playing himself, Brooks concocted a devious scheme to get Larry David to star in his Broadway version of “The Producers.”
“The 2013 Billboard Awards” (8 p.m., ABC): Tracy Morgan hosts the annual celebration of chart-topping artists. Among those scheduled to perform: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, and Prince, who will receive an Icon Award.
“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” (9 p.m., NBC): “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” wraps up its season tonight, so we now have to figure out another way to keep these people off the streets.
“Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night” (9 p.m., CBS): “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night” is a glittery special that has the country star performing with many guests, including Nelly, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, John Fogerty, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift.
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