The deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at the end of 2016 shocked and saddened the world. Carrie Fisher's passing was tragic enough; her mother's passing just a single day later was positively heartbreaking. Their deaths came only weeks before their mother/daughter documentary was set to premiere on HBO. Now, the first trailer for Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds has hit the web, and it's an incredibly touching look at the relationship between the two women. Check it out!
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were both famous women in their own right, but few of us probably know much about their relationship as close family members and best friends. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds looks like it could be a perfect memorial for them, as it gives viewers a look at the lives of two of the most unforgettable women to occupy the spotlight in 20th century showbiz . Although nobody could have predicted that both women would pass away so suddenly, we can at least be glad that their relationship will be showcased in the documentary.
HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins described the project as "a love story about a mother and daughter" who just "happen to be Carrie and Debbie." Aside from Carrie Fisher's reference to filming Star Wars VII and mentions of Debbie Reynolds' fame, the scenes from the Bright Lights trailer look like they could be about any mother and daughter with an especially close relationship. There probably aren't too many mothers and daughters out there who live next door to each other, but their dynamic seems like one that many of us will be able to relate to as we watch.
The documentary clearly will not gloss over some of the issues that the women dealt with during their time in the limelight. Carrie Fisher struggled for many years to cope with bipolar disorder in an era when mental health diagnoses didn't really happen, and Debbie Reynolds lived such an active life in the public eye that the limitations of aging were clearly hard on her. Fisher learned to live with her disorder and became an advocate for mental health, and Reynolds doesn't seem to have let her age stop her from enjoying her life. Judging by the trailer for Bright Lights, mother and daughter were able to support each other through their difficult times.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds has already screened with audiences twice at 2016 film festivals. The documentary will hit the airwaves for the first time on Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and be sure to check out our midseason TV premiere schedule.