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HBO to air Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds doc, TCM sets Reynolds film tribute

Carrie Fisher, left, and Debbie Reynolds.
Carrie Fisher, left, and Debbie Reynolds. Fisher Family Archives/courtesy of HBO

This post has been updated with some additional Carrie Fisher / Debbie Reynolds TV events.

▪ HBO has moved up the release of the documentary “Bright Lights” to Saturday, Jan. 7. The new documentary is a look inside the lives of Fisher and Reynolds, who lived next door to each other in a sort of compound. Directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, the funny and poignant film features vintage home movies that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage. The film has received audience and critical acclaim at many prestigious film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

▪ The STARZ Encore channel has “Postcards from the Edge” airing at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7. “Postcards” is the Mike Nichols-directed film based on Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel about a recovering drug addict and her relationship with her mother. It stars Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss and Rob Reiner – and it’s fantastic. I hope it shows up somewhere else in addition to STARZ in the coming weeks.

▪ Turner Classic Movies will air its 24-hour movie tribute to Debbie Reynolds on Jan. 27. And yes, it includes “Singing in the Rain.”


HBO announced Thursday, Dec. 29, that it will air an encore of its documentary of Carrie Fisher’s one-woman stage show, “Wishful Drinking,” at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

Wishful Drinking” is the feature-length adaptation of Fisher’s show, which was based on her 2008 autobiography of the same name. It combines the story of her life with interviews with family and friends and also archival footage. The special, which originally debuted on HBO in 2010, was nominated for two Emmy awards.

Fisher died in Los Angeles on Dec. 27. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, died the next day.

Also, ABC’s “20/20” news magazine show will air a special, “Debbie and Carrie: Heartbreak in Hollywood,” at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, the special looks at the lives and careers of both women, and also their “loving, yet complex relationship.”