HBO Moves Up Release of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Doc ‘Bright Lights’

Following mother-daughter’s untimely deaths, special will now run early in January

HBO has moved up its airdate for Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds documentary “Bright Lights” after both daughter and mother passed away within a day of each other this week.

The special will now debut on Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here’s HBO’s official description: The story of a family’s complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.

“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” has already played at Cannes, Telluride and the New York Film Festival.

As previously announced, Fisher’s 2010 special “Wishful Drinking” will receive an encore presentation this Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

The feature-length adaptation of her autobiographical stage production tells the tale of her life, combining a one-woman stage performance, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage.