(Archive of American Television - December 12th, 2011) George Clooney and Smokehouse Pictures are set to produce a movie about Smothers Brothers
Tom and Dick, in an adaptation of David Bianculli’s book, Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
. The film will follow the controversy surrounding the Smothers Brothers’ short-lived television variety show, which debuted in 1967 and was abruptly canceled by CBS in 1969. The program attracted a young, anti-establishment audience, and often featured anti-war activists and punchlines at the expense of the government — which in turn led to infamous censorship battles between The Smothers Brothers and the network.
In their Archive Interview from 2000, Tom and Dick Smothers spoke in depth about the cancellation of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- (more)