Showing posts with label TV Special. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TV Special. Show all posts

Monday, December 25, 2017

13 of the Best Lines from Christmas Specials - Video of the Day


Here are 13 from the best lines from Christmas specials and movies according to Entertainment Tonight.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ is Back … and in Color!

"The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color"
Dick Van Dyke, Ann Morgan Guilbert and Mary Tyler Moore. (CBS)


The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color! is a new one-hour special with two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series presented on Friday, Dec. 22 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS. Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner personally selected the two episodes to showcase the tremendous comedic talents of the late Mary Tyler Moore.

“I picked two of the funniest episodes we did, and I remember them fondly because they both showcased our wonderful Mary. I treasure her memory,” said Reiner.

The special features the season one episode “My Blonde-Haired Brunette,” written by Reiner, and the season three episode “October Eve,” written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. In “My Blonde-Haired Brunette,” Laura dyes her hair blonde when she fears the romance between Rob and her is fading. The episode was first presented on Oct. 10, 1961, during the series’ first season.

"The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color"
Dick Van Dyke in "October Eve." (CBS)
In “October Eve,” a painting of Laura returns to haunt her when, despite her having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Reiner) takes the liberty of “undraping” her. The episode was first presented on April 8, 1964, during season three.

“In ‘October Eve,’ I got a chance to perform on the show as someone other than Alan Brady, and I loved the character of Carpetna the artist as soon as I read it,” said Reiner. “When I saw it in color, it was better than I ever dreamed it could be.”

The Dick Van Dyke Show originally aired on CBS from Oct. 3, 1961, through June 1, 1966, finishing in the Nielsen Top 10 in three of its five seasons, peaking at #3 during the 1963-1964 season. The show received 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including three Emmys for Dick Van Dyke, five for Carl Reiner and two for Mary Tyler Moore.

Enjoy Christmas with [I Love] Lucy

"I Love Lucy Christmas Special" airs Dec. 22, 2017.
Vivian Vance, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and William Frawley (CBS)


CBS is presenting it’s annual I Love Lucy Christmas Special Friday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m. These Christmas specials have aired on the Network the past four years, each combining the holiday-themed episode with a different comedy classic. This year, the one hour special presents the classic “Christmas Episode” and “The Fashion Show” both colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky. Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

"I Love Lucy Christmas Special" airs Dec. 22, 2017.
In “The Fashion Show,” Lucy convinces Ricky to allow her to spend up to $100 on a dress at the fashionable Don Loper Salon in Beverly Hills. However, when an opportunity arises for Lucy to participate in a Loper fashion show featuring glamorous movie star wives, Lucy winds up spending five times that! Lucy hopes that if she gets a mild sunburn, Ricky will feel sorry for her and forgive her for spending so much, though, as always, she goes a bit too far!

“The Fashion Show” was originally broadcast Feb. 28, 1955, and became an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. The episode features a few of her real-life personal friends: Mrs. Gordon MacRae, Mrs. William Holden, Mrs. Van Heflin, Mrs. Forrest Tucker and Don Loper himself.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

'A Christmas Story Live!' Airs This Sunday

The cast of "A Christmas Story Live!"
Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Tyler Wladis and Andy Walken star
in A Christmas Story Live! (FOX)


A Christmas Story wasn’t a big hit when it came to theaters in 1983. In fact, it wasn’t until after years of broadcast TV viewing that made the film a holiday cult hit. Many years later, the story was transformed into a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. And this weekend, that musical comes to the small screen in a big way.

FOX will air A Christmas Story Live! this Sunday, December 17 which several new songs have been written for the three-hour special. Newcomer Andy Walken stars as Ralphie Parker, the little boy who will stop at nothing to get his parent to buy him a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. He is joined by Maya Rudolph (as Ralphie’s longsuffering mother), Chris Diamantopoulos (as Ralphie’s leg lamp-loving father), Tyler Wladis (as Ralphie's younger brother, Randy) Jane Krakowski (as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields), Ana Gasteryer (as an overprotective mother of one of Ralphie’s friends), David Alan Grier (as the department store Santa Claus), Ken Jeong (as a Christmas tree salesman, PRETTYMUCH (as the Hohman Indiana Carolers) and Matthew Broderick serves as the show’s narrator.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

After Theater Viewer Frustration, 'Olaf' Comes to TV

Olaf's Frozen Adventure air on December 14 and 19, 2017 on ABC.
Olaf likes to give warm hugs. (Disney)


For a limited time, Disney paired the short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure along with Coco, currently playing in theaters. But many parents were unaware and unprepared that was the case and were upset to have to sit through the Frozen film before getting to the “good” picture. Disney’s plan all along was to have Olaf play in theaters a short time and then “surprise” TV viewers with news that the short would become a Christmas special afterward. The plan may have backfired as some folks may be getting burned out on the Frozen franchise, but true fans (and there are a lot of them) are thrilled knowing that Olaf and the gang will be back on the small screen Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) of the 2013 Oscar-winning Frozen. During the special, Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (who also worked on the Prep & Landing holiday special which will air afterward) and is produced by Roy Conli. The featurette includes a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure repeats on Tuesday, December 19.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel Star in Disney ‘Magical Holiday Celebration’

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.
Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey perform during The Wonderful World of Disney:
Magical Holiday Celebration. (ABC)


Tony Award®-winning actress Idina Menzel joins fellow Frozen star Kristen Bell to perform together for the very first time on primetime television, during The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration airing this Thursday. Menzel and Bell will perform “When We’re Together” from the featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Joined by an extraordinary 30-piece choir from the steps of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California, the spectacular finale performance is not to be missed.

“This performance will combine two of my very favorite things: the holidays and singing alongside my Frozen sister,” said Bell. “I’m excited to sing a song with Idina that I feel has the potential to become a new holiday classic.”

Said Menzel: “Anytime I get to reunite with Kristen, whether it’s in the studio or on the stage, is very special for me. I think I can speak for her when I say we are both so proud of this story we get to tell and these sisters we get to portray.”

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey host the two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host, Jesse Palmer, to kick off the holiday season showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the world – traveling the globe from Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Anaheim, California, to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bruno Mars Stars in First TV Special

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo.
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo. (CBS)


In his first TV special, Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo, the singer kicks things off on top of the Apollo’s landmark marquee. The special was taped at the legendary theater in New York City, as well as other locations, where Mars and his band the Hooligans visit with, sing to and entertain locals in what the network describes as “exciting, intimate, must-see moments” and “features exhilarating, never-before-seen stage performances throughout the broadcast.”

“Bruno Mars is the ultimate live performer of this generation,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “He is the very definition of event television. He burns the roof off the Apollo while paying respect to its tradition and history. We at CBS are proud to be broadcasting his first TV special.”

Multi-Grammy Award winner and 21-time Grammy Award nominee Bruno Mars is a celebrated singer, songwriter, producer and musician who has sold over 180 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. With seven Hot 100 #1s, Mars is now tied with Elvis Presley, Phil Collins and Frankie Valli for the seventh most chart-toppers among male soloists, and he is also ranked #1 among male artists with the most Hot 100 #1s for this decade, extending his lead over Justin Bieber, Drake, Eminem and The Weeknd.

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo airs Wednesday, November 29 at 10:00 p.m. on CBS.

85th 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' Airs Wednesday Night

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2017
Last year's tree. (NBC)


This year's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center TV special from NBC is packed with musical guests this week including Harry Connick Jr., Auli’i Cravalho (from the new NBC series Rise), Seal, Train, Brett Eldredge, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani and The Tenors in the festive celebration. NBC News’ Today anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker are set to host. The special airs at 8:00 p.m. Prior to the primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special will be broadcast on select NBC stations (7-8 p.m. ET). Check local listings.

The 85th annual holiday special will celebrate the lighting of a 75-foot tall, 50-foot wide Norway Spruce from State College, Penn. The tree weighs approximately 13 tons and is approximately 80 years old. It will be adorned with more than 50,000 multi-colored LEDs and will be topped with a stunning Swarovski star made up of 25,000 crystals and one million facets.

The tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back to the Great Depression. First erected in 1933, the inaugural tree was decked with 700 lights and placed in front of the then eight-month-old RCA Building. The Christmas tree gathering was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice-skating pond. NBC-TV televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951 on The Kate Smith Show and as part of the nationwide Howdy Doody television show from 1953-55.

In Defense of Rudolph

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer airs November 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.


Say what you will, but I can’t think of a more divisive Christmas TV special than the Rankin Bass original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Some people love it, others hate it. But ol’ red nose is definitely part of our holiday culture.

After over 50 years of airing repeatedly, you would think that people would have grown tired of the special by now, but just the opposite is true. The quality of the stop-motion animation is fairly clunky compared to computer-generated fare that we are all used to and music is terribly dated, but the special is a ratings winner every year anyway. CBS has been airing the special since 1972. (Before that, it aired on NBC beginning in 1964.)

Yes, Rudolph has its fans, but he also has his share of haters as well. Some hate the fact that “nobody let Rudolph join in on the reindeer games” or that they didn’t appreciate him until he proved he could do something with that red light bulb of his. Yes, the story can be dark at times, but honestly, these people are missing the point. A story needs to have a conflict in order for it to me entertaining. Who would want to watch “Rudolph, the Socially-Accepted Reindeer?”

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Parable of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

The parable of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
Peppermint Patty is less than pleased in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (ABC)


Although a tale about friends getting together for Thanksgiving, the Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, is really a metaphor about family relationships during the holiday. See if this sounds familiar:

Charlie Brown and his sister, Sally, are preparing to go to their grandmother’s home for dinner when Charlie gets a call from Peppermint Patty who has invited herself and two other friends, (Marcie and Franklin), to Charlie’s place for the holiday. Without getting a word in edgewise, Charlie finds himself hosting a Thanksgiving meal knowing nothing about cooking except how to fill a bowl with cold cereal and making toast. Which begs the question…where are the parents?

Disgraced by the public outburst, Charlie Brown excuses himself from the table without a word. After a brief moment of awkward silence, Marcie reminds Patty that Charlie Brown didn’t invite her, but she invited herself and her friends to event and that she hasn’t been a very good model of thankfulness.After a brief prayer from Linus the theologian and believer of Great Pumpkins, the meal is unveiled. But Peppermint Patty is shocked and then outraged by the display of food. “What’s this?” she bellows. “What blockhead cooked all this? What kind of a Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie?!” Oh, the humanity.

Friday, October 27, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 27

"Rebel Without a Cause" opened in theaters on October 27, 1955.

‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Opens

Considered a groundbreaking film portraying the moral decay of American youth vs. overly critical parents, Rebel Without a Cause opened in theaters on this day in 1955. The film, starring James Dean, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper, told the story of emotionally disturbed, suburban and middle class teens. The title was borrowed from psychiatrist Robert M. Lindner’s book, Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath but was not based on it. Dean died in car crash a month before the film’s release. In 1990, the movie was added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant".

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 4

The very first ABC Afterschool Special was aired on October 4, 1972.

First ABC Afterschool Special is Aired

The Last of the Curlews was the very first ABC Afterschool Special to air on this day in 1972. Created by Hanna-Barbera, it was one the few animated specials to air during its 25 year run. The special ran about six times throughout the school year featuring hour-long made-for-TV movies that dealt with social and controversial issues in the day. Later, CBS followed suit with its’ own Afternoon Playhouse and NBC did as well with Special Treat. Later, ABC would air similar programming on Saturday mornings called Saturday Superstar Movie and the ABC Weekend Special.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: A Brief History of 90 Years

On the eve of the network’s telecast of the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC will celebrate the annual holiday extravaganza with a look back at America’s most beloved procession.

The hour-long primetime special will feature some of the most extraordinary elements from the nine decade history of the Parade.

Viewers will experience the evolution of the Parade, the process of building the dazzling balloons and floats, the craziest costumes, and the final preparations that go into creating this two-and-a-half-mile march through the streets of Manhattan. The show will also highlight the annual excitement of the bands and dancers from across the country as they are selected for the honor of representing their community in this event watched by millions. The pre-parade spectacular will air Wednesday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m.

The Main Event
More than 3.5 million people will be lining the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million more will watch on television, with a host of giant character balloons, dazzling floats, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, celebrities, and the official entrance of the one-and-only Santa Claus.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s Today will host the broadcast. In addition, Telemundo will simulcast the parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Jessica Carrillo and Carlos Ponce.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Thomas Rhett And Brett Eldredge Hosts ABC’s ‘CMA Music Festival’ In August

Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge have been given the honor to host the CMA Music Festival special on Wednesday, August 3. The GMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock is the network’s 12th time to air the three-hour event which was recorded last month.

Thomas Rhett is having a banner year releasing two Platinum No. 1 hit singles, “Crash And Burn” and “Die A Happy Man” from his second album, Tangled Up.

“As a fan, CMA Music Fest was always the biggest event of the year for me. Some of my favorite memories are me and my buddies sitting in the nosebleeds watching our heroes play,” says Rhett. “It’s surreal and a huge honor to be hosting and performing on this stage.”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hairspray Live’: NBC Casts Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short For Holiday Production

Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson and Martin Short
Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson and Martin Short. (NBC)
Though Hairspray Live will not be shown on NBC TV until December, the network is busy getting a good head start on the production. Last Sunday, a huge flock of Tracy Turnblad hopefuls showed up for the open casting call in hopes that their performance of “Good Morning Baltimore” would be good enough to land the role of Hairspray’s main character. 

Actresses applying for the role were told ahead of time that the casting directors were looking for females over the age of 18. “She must be heavyset, be outgoing, unstoppable, good-hearted with a vibrant, loveable, high-spirited personality who loves to dance. A strong pop belt singer and great mover who can become a teen heroine,” said the press release. Unlike the rest of the cast of Hairspray, whoever NBC finally decides who should play the role, she may be the only “unknown” artist attached to the show. 

Hairspray Live auditions
Open Casting Call for Tracy Turnblad in New York City on Sunday, April 24 (NBC)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hillsong UNITED is a Finalist in Three Categories in th 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Hillsong UNITED (ABC/Billboard Music Awards)


Though the 2016 Billboard Music Awards will not be presented until Sunday, May 22, 2016, those up for awards have been announced including Hillsong UNITED who are a finalist in three categories including Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album. The Weeknd leads with 16 nominations awards show. Justin Bieber follows with 11 and Drake and Fetty Wap with 10 each. Ironically, Drake is actually competing against himself for Top Rap Album as both “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and “What A Time To Be Alive” are both up for awards. Adele and Taylor Swift are tied with eight nominations each and both Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth are tied with six nominations each.

Those competing in the Gospel category include Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Big Shizz, Brian Courtney Wilson, Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Cobbs and Travis Greene.

Those competing in the Christian music category include Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Gavin DeGraw, Hillsong United, Joey and Rory, Lauren Daigle, MercyMe, Need to Breathe and TobyMac.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Disneyland Celebrates 60th Birthday Early with Many Stars

Though Walt Disney first opened his first theme park, Disneyland, on July 17, 1955, the park will start celebrating its Diamond Celebration on Sunday, February 21st with a televised special on ABC. The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 will celebrate 60 years of the “Happiest Place on Earth” with special musical performances and star appearances that might make viewers forget that the special is a thinly veiled marketing campaign for tourism.

Hosted by Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough, Disneyland 60 will feature many stars ready to party. Hough himself will and sing and dance to the song, “Step in Time” from the musical film, Mary Poppins. Legendary actor and dancer Dick Van Dyke, who appeared in the film as Bert the chimney sweep, is scheduled to make an appearance during the number as well.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Barbara Walters' Special Airs for the 23rd Time

Bradley Cooper and Barbra Walters (ABC)
This will be Barbara Walter’s 23rd year to host the 10 Most Fascinating People special on ABC. This year’s 90-minute special will highlight the careers of various celebrities and what events, good or bad, that lead them to be analyzed by Ms. Walters this year. This year’s guests include Bradley Cooper, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan, Ronda Rousey, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, ballerina Misty Copeland, and fashion legend Donna Karan. The #1 person is kept secret until the broadcast.

In case you didn’t know, but Walters has been retired for at least a couple of years now. "I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ‘10 Most Fascinating People’,” said Walters, which is exactly what she said last year as well. Barbara, don’t take this the wrong way, but, how are we ever going to miss you if you never leave?

But there is a reason why ABC continues to use her. The special has consistently been one of the highest rated specials of the year. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 will air Thursday, December 17 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Michael W. Smith to Appear on 'CMA Country Christmas'

Michael W. Smith and Martina McBride (ABC)
For those keeping score, Michael W. Smith will appear on the CMA Country Christmas special for the third time. Tonight, he will share the stage with Martina McBride singing “What Child is This,” a pairing that is featured on his Christmas album, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas which was released last year. He is also scheduled to sing with LeAnn Rimes.

Last year, Smith paired up with Carrie Underwood (who stole the show) singing Smith’s “All is Well.” Smith is starting to become a regular staple of these specials who have broadened their musical scope to include acts, like Smith, who are not usually associated with country music and this year is no exception. This year the acapella group, Pentatonix and retro rock star, Brian Setzer join the line up.

Taped at the Grand Ole Opry House, the CMA Country Christmas special will once again be hosted by Jennifer Nettles with additional performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Jewel, Charles Kelley, David Nail, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer and Lindsey Stirling. The special airs at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. If you miss tonight's airing, chances are that you'll be able to catch it again before the holiday season is over.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ABC Celebrates 50 Years of a Charlie Brown Christmas

Kristen Bell, Kristen Chenoweth and Sarah McLachlan (ABC)
It’s a little odd that ABC has chosen to air two back-to-back family specials on a "school night." It is also a bit odd that they chose to air the special, It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, that will probably appeal more to their parents at 8:00 p.m. and the holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, that will probably appeal more to the kids, at 9:00 p.m. when many will be bed.

Be that as it may, it looks like it will be an enjoyable show. Kristen Bell hosts the musical show will feature live performances including Kristen Chenoweth (singing “Happiness” from the Broadway show, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, which was her breakout role), Matthew Morrison (sining “Just Like Me) and Sarah McLachlan (“Christmastime is Here”). The special also includes performances by Boys II Men, Pentatonix, David Benoit and The All-American Boy Chorus. There are also so fun moments shared including Fergie talking about her days voicing the role of Charlie’s little sister, Sally Brown for the TV specials, It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown and the Saturday morning TV show, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.

Pentatonix (ABC)
 At 9:00 p.m., A Charlie Brown Christmas airs for its 50th year in a row. (If you are like me, you may remember when it was shown on CBS and was sponsored by Dolly Madison snack cakes, but I digress.) It’s the same as you remember it only digitally re-mastered to look better than ever. The special itself is only 30 minutes in length and is often paired with another Peanuts special, however, ABC hasn’t announced how they will be filling up the extra time.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will also re-air on December 20 at 9:00 p.m.