HBO Moves Up Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary Premiere


The final week of 2016 was particularly cruel to one legendary Hollywood family. On December 26, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died of a heart attack, and one day later her mother, Singin’ in the Rain star and Oscar nominee Debbie Reynolds, had a stroke and died as well. To honor these two remarkable women, HBO is kicking off 2017 with a pair of specials about their fascinating lives.

On Sunday, January 1 at 9/8c, HBO will re-air the 2010 comedy special Wishful Drinking. Based on Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show about her life and struggles with addiction and mental illness, the special earned Carrie an Emmy nomination.

HBO has also moved up the premiere date for a new documentary about the lives of Carrie and Debbie, Bright Lights. Originally scheduled to premiere in March, Bright Lights will now debut on Saturday, January 7 at 8/7c. The documentary, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, looks at the complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter, both of whom have become legendary icons on the big screen.

In addition to these tributes, Logo will be honoring Debbie Reynolds with a special marathon all-day Friday and Saturday, December 30 and 31. The marathon includes episodes of The Golden Girls and Roseanne that Reynolds appeared in, an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race where she was the guest judge, and a seven-hour marathon of Will and Grace episodes featuring Reynolds in her Emmy-nominated role as Grace’s over-the-top mother.

And if that’s not enough, on Friday, January 27 starting at 6 am, TCM will air a 24-hour marathon of classic Debbie Reynolds films, including her Oscar-nominated performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown at 8 pm.