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Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton's NBC Specials Receive 7 Emmy Nominations

The two iconic ladies got multiple shout-outs from the biggest award in television! 

By Jackie Manno

Two timeless and beloved singers, Dolly Parton and Carol Burnett, both aired wonderful TV specials recently on NBC.

Parton's 90-minute Christmas movie-musical, titled Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas, takes place at Dollywood, Parton's amusement park in Tennessee. It can currently be streamed on NBC and Peacock. 

Meanwhile, Burnett's special honoring her 90th birthday, titled Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Loveaired on April 26, 2023. The special celebrates Burnett's prolific career as a trailblazer for women in comedy and television. It can also be currently streamed on Peacock. 

On July 12, it was announced that both of these specials have earned multiple much-deserved nominations for the 2023 Emmy Awards. Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas has earned two, while Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love has earned a whopping five nods. Read all about the details for their nominations, below. 

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Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas Emmy nominations

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Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas is currently up for Outstanding Television Movie for the 2023 Emmy Awards. The special's commitment to visuals and details were also top-notch, as the movie was also nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes For A Limited Or Anthology Series or Movie. 

"I just feel like that it was time for me to do another special like this, with good music, with comedy, with meaningful things," Parton told People. "And to kind of make you feel entertained for a couple hours just to get away from everything else."

She continued, "Being magical is to lift up out of yourself and your troubles for a little while. To me, if you can even do that, even with one song, then that is magical. I just think the whole idea of trying to make things uplifting is magic within itself."

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Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love nominations

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As for Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love, the special has been nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special, Outstanding Production Design For A Variety Special, and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming. 

The multiple honors came as no surprise, as the special is an extraordinary experience. "It was fantastic," Carol Burnett told NBC's Mark Barger about the special. "As I have said before, I didn't want a birthday party with a cake and balloons and confetti. And I didn't want it to be a roast. I wanted it to be kind of an old time variety show with live entertainment. We had a 90-piece orchestra. We had funny clips and wonderful guests who came on and were funny."