Following a successful run on Broadway last season, Carrie Fisher has filmed her witty one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” for HBO. The special, which debuts on the paycaster on Dec. 12, combines a taped performance with archival footage. The result is a fascinating documentary that details the turbulent life of this child of Hollywood whose parents are Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
As the press release announcing this program notes, “Combining wry wit and raw facts, ‘Wishful Drinking’ reveals her own hilarious slant on the not-so-glittering side of being a celebrity. It’s a show where she’s circling the drain singing.” Fisher came to fame in the “Star Wars” trilogy and, as she observes, with franchise creator George Lucas owning her likeness, “every time I look in the mirror, I have to send him a couple of bucks.” Beyond dealing with her notoriety, Fisher has struggled with being bipolar and speaks candidly of her decision to have electric shock therapy (ECT).
HBO has an impressive track record at the Emmy Awards when it comes to documentaries, winning three of the last four non-fiction special races (“Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib,” 2007; “Autism: The Musical,” 2008; and “Teddy: In His Own Words,” 2010).
Image: “Wishful Drinking” poster (Roundabout Theater)