Category:2010s American television specials
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1. Gwen Stefani – Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer. During the bands hiatus, Stefani embarked on a pop career in 2004 by releasing her debut studio album Love. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, the album was met both critical and commercial success. It spawned three successful singles, What You Waiting For. Rich Girl, and Hollaback Girl, the reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 while also becoming the first US download to sell one million copies. In 2006 Stefani released her studio album The Sweet Escape. The album produced two singles, Wind It Up and the albums title track The Sweet Escape. Her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released in March 2016, Stefani has won three Grammy Awards. As a solo artist she has received accolades, including an American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L. A. M. B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture, Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls. She was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2015, Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the 54th most successful artist and 37th most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade. VH1 ranked her 13th on their 100 Greatest Women in Music list in 2012, including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Stefani was born on October 3,1969, in Fullerton, California and she was named after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, Renée, comes from The Four Tops 1968 cover of The Left Bankes 1966 song Walk Away Renée. Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian American and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive and her mother, Patti, worked as an accountant before becoming a housewife. Gwens parents were fans of music and exposed her to music by artists like Bob Dylan. She has two siblings, Jill and Todd, and an older brother named Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt before leaving the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. Her brother Eric introduced Gwen to 2 Tone music by Madness and The Selecter and, in 1986, he invited her to provide vocals for No Doubt, finally, in 1991, the band was signed to Interscope Records
2. Planet Forward – The most inventive and creative ideas are featured online and on television. Planet Forward is inspired by the power of user-generated media. Planet Forward has created a public square, curating the best ideas and innovations from scientists, business leaders, advocates, students. Planet Forward collaborates with a group of organizations in order to find the best ideas. Experts in clean energy and climate then look at the ideas and evaluate them on terms of viability, impact, finally, Planet Forwards editorial team selects the best ideas to be featured in their weekly online webisodes or broadcast TV specials. Created and hosted by Frank Sesno, Planet Forward launched its website in March 2009, in December 2009, Planet Forward began producing weekly, online webisodes showcasing some of the best innovative solutions from Planet Forward members across the country. Each webisode is centered around an energy or environment-related topic. In October 2010, Planet Forward began producing segments for PBSs Nightly Business Report. Like the webisodes, the Nightly Business Report segments focused on a particular green topic, Planet Forward aired its second PBS special, The Energy of Innovation, on April 8,2011. 2011 marked Planet Forwards continued breakout into the public sphere, on April 17,2012, Planet Forward and The George Washington Universitys Office of Sustainably hosted a Turning Innovation into Action symposium. Thought-leaders from government, industry and academics joined to highlight solutions to the challenges of a changing planet, the half-day conference highlighted “Innovation Challenges” offered by participants to demonstrate their commitment to moving the planet forward. Panelists included Former Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra, then-Mayor of the District of Columbia, gray and Vice President of GE Ecomagination, Mark Vachon. In 2013, Planet Forward narrowed their focus toward food, more specifically, the initiative set out to identify, celebrate and connect innovators within the sustainable food production community. It kicked off with the projects inaugural Feeding the Planet summit where CEOs, farmers, college students, the event engaged over 400 attendees, over 1,000 online participants and several students from over ten colleges and universities. It also generated 24 million Twitter impressions and over 3,000 tweets by using #FoodFWD, throughout the year, Planet Forward hosted salons and webinars, placing themselves firmly within the sustainability world. The Feeding the Planet drive was supplemented with a grant from Land OLakes Inc, in July 2013, Planet Forward implemented the Planet Forward Explorers program. School of Media and Public Affairs graduates Gabriella Demczuk and Sara Snyder traveled with professor Imani Cheers to Kenya, in the spring of 2014, students Dana Preston, Cayln Gelinas and Tyler Cox also traveled as Explorers to Guatemala in order to research child nutrition. The team presented their work during the Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Capstone Symposium at the George Washington Universitys Elliott School of International Affairs
3. Rent (musical) – Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccinis opera La Bohème. The musical was first seen in a production at New York Theatre Workshop in 1993. This same Off-Broadway theatre was also the initial home following its official 1996 opening. The shows creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly of a dissection, believed to have been caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome. The show won a Pulitzer Prize, and the production was a hit, the musical moved to Broadways larger Nederlander Theatre on April 29,1996. On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards, the Broadway production closed on September 7,2008 after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances. On February 14,2016, the musical Wicked surpassed Rents number of performances with a 2pm matinee, the production grossed over $280 million. The success of the led to several national tours and numerous foreign productions. In 2005, it was adapted into a picture featuring most of the original cast members. In 1989, Jonathan Larson, a 29-year-old composer, began collaborating with Aronson on this project, and he also came up with the shows ultimate title. In 1991, he asked Aronson if he could use Aronsons original concept, Larson had ambitious expectations for Rent, his ultimate dream was to write a rock opera to bring musical theater to the MTV generation. Aronson and Larson made an agreement that if the show went to Broadway, Aronson would share in the proceeds, Jonathan Larson focused on composing Rent in the early 1990s, waiting tables at the Moondance Diner to support himself. Over the course of years, Larson wrote hundreds of songs and made drastic changes to the show. In the fall of 1992, Larson approached James Nicola, artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop, with a tape, Larson continued to work on Rent, gradually reworking its flaws and staging more workshop productions. Larson would not live to see Rents success, he died from an aortic aneurysm in the early morning of January 25,1996. The first preview of Rent was canceled and instead, friends, the show premiered as planned and quickly gained popularity fueled by enthusiastic reviews and the recent death of its composer. It proved extremely successful during its run, selling out all its shows at the 150-seat New York Theater Workshop. Due to such overwhelming popularity and a need for a larger theater, Larsons inspiration for Rents content came from several different sources
4. Skywire Live – Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda is a Discovery Channel special that aired on June 23,2013. The special was billed as a walk across the majestic Grand Canyon. Interpretations varied as to whether the actual location – the Little Colorado River Gorge in Navajo territory outside Grand Canyon National Parks borders – was truly part of the Grand Canyon, after his success at Niagara, he accelerated plans to cross the canyon. In March 2013, Wallenda and Discovery came to terms on television rights for the walk, to prepare, Wallenda practiced in his home town of Sarasota, Florida in heavy winds, including during Tropical Storm Andrea. On June 23, he completed the walk without safety devices in approximately 23 minutes. At 1,500 feet, it was the highest walk of his career, afterwards, Wallenda said it was more difficult than he had expected. Skywire Live aired live in over 200 countries worldwide and it was a ratings success in the United States, generating Discoverys highest-ever rating for a live broadcast. The show also generated a lot of interest of social media, Nik Wallenda is American highwire artist and member of the famed Flying Wallendas circus family. He has been walking the wire since age two and now holds seven world records, in 2008, he set the record for highest and longest bicycle ride across a tightrope. In 2012, he became the first person to tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls. The feat aired live on ABC who, much to the dismay of Wallenda, the Grand Canyon area has played host to a number of high-profile stunts and daredevil feats. In 1922, Royal Thomas flew a Lincoln Stanard biplane into Grand Canyon National Park, the park did not yet have stunting regulations and the feat was approved by park superintendent Walter Crosby. In 1980, stuntman Dar Robinson drove a sportscar over the canyons edge and he did the stunt in Hualapai Indian Reservation after being denied a permit by the National Park. In 1999, daredevil Robbie Knievel jumped a narrow 228-foot-wide portion of canyon in Hualapai territory on a motorcycle, the event aired live on Fox News. In 2006, Bob Burnquist skateboarded off a ramp into the canyon, in 2011, Yves Jetman Rossy used a custom made jet suit to glide above the Hualapai reservation for eight minutes. He covered a distance of 5 miles before parachuting into the canyon, Nik Wallenda originally secured permits to walk across the Grand Canyon in 2008, and planned to make the trip as early as 2009. However, the walk was delayed due to substantial logistical hurdles and his agent, Winston Simone, commented Theres no electricity, theres no hotels, and for the last half-hour there are no paved roads. Additionally, at a distance of 5,000 feet
5. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! – The concert was watched by an audience consisting of invited guests and students from New York schools. Bennett and Gaga were joined on stage by 39-piece orchestra and jazz musicians associated with both artists, a number of costumes were worn by Gaga, provided by designers including Roberto Cavalli, Michael Costello, Mathieu Mirano, Valentino as well as David Samuel Menkes. The special received one nomination at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Bennett and Gaga performed a total of 13 songs from the album, including the number one singles on Billboards Jazz chart Anything Goes and I Cant Give You Anything but Love. Before the concert was aired, a number of videos from the show were released. Additionally, PBS announced that the concert was filmed in 4K resolution, on January 20,2015, the DVD and Blu-ray was released, and later for digital download on iTunes Store. It reached the top-ten of the charts in many countries, reaching number one in the US. Bennett and Gaga partnered with LG Electronic, who aired the concert across all retail chains in the United States, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek Live. Became the first concert to be streamed in 4K resolution, the show received positive reviews, with critics praising Gaga and Bennetts vocals and their camaraderie on stage. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga first met backstage in 2011 after she had performed a rendition of Nat King Coles Orange Colored Sky, Bennett then asked Gaga to sing a duet with him on his album Duets II. The two recorded The Lady Is a Tramp for Duets II, and subsequently rumors arose of an album from them. On July 29,2014, Gaga and Bennett made an appearance on The Today Show to formally announce their collaboration, titled Cheek to Cheek, following the announcement of the release, a short concert was held at the Rose Theater of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Titled Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek Live, the concert aired on PBS as part of their Great Performances series on October 24,2014. It was watched by an audience consisting of invited guests and students from New York schools, set and lighting was created by Robert Wilson, while David Horn directed it. Gaga wore a myriad of costumes, including a crown from Gympie milliner Cindy Vogels during I Wont Dance. Vogels was contacted by Brandon Maxwell Studios from New York—Gagas stylist—for designer pieces available for the concert, after much paperwork for five days the millinery designs were finally released and arrived just in time for the Cheek to Cheek promotional photo shoot. Vogels recalled, It was nerve racking and exciting at the same time, Maxwell said that he and his team did the wardrobe for the dancers and Gaga, and first took references from Wilson regarding the set and lighting designs. The team then started with eight full racks of clothing, between 200 and 300 dresses, and afterwards zeroed in on eight costumes for the show, along with its accessories. Regarding the absence of jewellery, Maxwell explained that most of the outfits were more about the silhouette and structure of gowns and he wanted the emphasis on Gagas vocals, hence the jewellery usage was reduced
6. Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular – Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular is a Thanksgiving television special with American singer Lady Gaga and the Muppets. The 90-minute program aired on ABC on November 28,2013, with guest stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elton John and RuPaul and it was the second Gaga Thanksgiving special on ABC, after A Very Gaga Thanksgiving in 2011. The singer had previously collaborated with the Muppets on media appearances, the special featured songs from Gagas third studio album, Artpop, and duets with the guest stars. Critics gave the mixed reviews, with some praising Gaga for being relatable in the show. Other reviewers were disappointed with its lack of ideas, other than as a promotion for Artpop. It had lower ratings than other Thanksgiving specials, with a total of 3.62 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the adult age 18–49 demographic. Announcer Tom Kane explains to Pepe the King Prawn that the special is being filmed for Lady Gaga, after Statler and Waldorfs review of the performance, Kristen Bell asks for Gagas autograph. This annoys Miss Piggy who was planning her own finale and enlists the Muppets to hold auditions, Gaga performs Applause, followed by Bennie and the Jets and Artpop with Elton John. After discussing ideas for the finale, Gaga performs Manicure and the Muppets talk about the most inappropriate gifts they ever received, Kermit the Frog joins Gaga in a duet of Gypsy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt duets on Baby, Its Cold Outside. Kermits friendship with Gaga angers Miss Piggy, after a performance of Fashion, by Gaga and RuPaul, Miss Piggy bemoans the attention paid to the singer. Although she dreams of singing Santa Baby, she is upstaged in her dream by Youthful Praise, after a trailer for the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted, Gaga asks Miss Piggy to suggest a finale and reprises Applause with the Muppets. In October 2013, the American Broadcasting Company announced a 90-minute special entitled Lady Gaga and it was the second Thanksgiving television special on ABC by Gaga, after A Very Gaga Thanksgiving in 2011. The singer collaborated with the Muppets for the special, which aired on November 28,2013, I was so excited when ABC called me about doing a holiday special this year. I knew it just wouldnt be a night of laughter. Cant wait to see the gang again, and I hope Miss Piggys still not mad about Kermit, were just friends, Gaga said about the special. Guest stars included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elton John and RuPaul, with an appearance by Kristen Bell, Gaga performed several songs from her third studio album, Artpop. It was confirmed that holiday classics like Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells would be performed by the Muppets, a promotional tie-in with the special was the trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, in which Gaga made a cameo appearance. Kory Grow of Rolling Stone called the special a fitting move for the singer, since she was releasing Artpop and the Muppets frequently collaborated with celebrities
7. A Very Gaga Thanksgiving – A Very Gaga Thanksgiving is a Thanksgiving television special that originally aired on November 24,2011, in the United States on ABC. Conceived and directed by Lady Gaga, it discusses her personal life, development for A Very Gaga Thanksgiving immediately surfaced in November 2011, when it was announced that Gaga would host a television special on Thanksgiving. Principal photography took place at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City and it features guest appearances from Katie Couric, Art Smith, and Tony Bennett. Gaga performed stripped down, acoustic versions of four songs from her studio album, Born This Way. The special received critical acclaim and gave ABC its best ratings in four years for its time slot on Thanksgiving Day. At the 2012 Dorian Awards, the special was nominated in the category of Best TV Musical Program of the Year, a live EP of performances from the special, titled A Very Gaga Holiday, was made available for purchase from the iTunes Store. The EP debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 52, Couric interviews Lady Gaga about her life and the inspiration behind her music at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, the school she attended as a child. She also sings The Lady Is a Tramp, originally from the 1937 musical comedy Babes in Arms, the duet also featured the work of Gagas trumpeter, Brian Newman. Gaga sings Bad Romance onstage in a different scene, american chef Art Smith accompanies Gaga with a turkey dinner and waffles. In another scene, a group of children gather around her as she blows glitter on them. A Very Gaga Thanksgiving was conceived and directed by Gaga herself, while it was produced by Steven Johnson, Rudy Bendar, principal photography took place at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. Gaga told Womens Wear Daily, My dad will be so excited and its the first of two things I directed. I directed this as well as the video for Marry The Night, so well be watching that and eating turkey and doing what all New Yorkers do, which is getting ready for every window to be filled with Christmas cheer the next day. Gaga received dresses designed by Giorgio Armani, Stéphane Rolland, Azzedine Alaïa, a promotional photo of Gaga was released that shows her going full ice princess, which Erin Strecker of Entertainment Weekly presumed will be her primary apparel. She will impress you, delight you and surprise you, Smith commented, Its important for people to see that this amazing woman has a family that supports her. A 30-second preview of the special premiered on November 20,2011 on Lady Gagas YouTube channel and it revealed the appearances of Bennett, Couric and Smith. In a three-minute teaser trailer, Gaga makes crafts and shares food with third-grade children. The full TV special premiered on November 24,2011, at 9,30 pm ET, a Very Gaga Thanksgiving initially aired on November 24,2011 in the United States on ABC
8. The Sound of Music Live! – The Sound of Music Live. is a television special that was originally broadcast by NBC on December 5,2013. Spearheaded by NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt, the network positioned the special as being a television event. Meron felt that if the telecast were successful, the concept could become another kind of entertainment that can exist on TV, by her request, Underwoods casting as Maria was personally endorsed by Julie Andrews, who starred in the 1965 film. While her vocal performance was praised, the performance of Underwood was described as being amateur, lifeless. Despite these criticisms, the production was a success for NBC, with a total of 18.62 million live viewers. Maria Rainer, a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg, is contemplating the day she has spent in the mountains, when she returns to the Abbey, she learns from the Mother Abbess that she is to be the new governess for the von Trappe children. Before she leaves the Abbey, Mother Abbess asks her to teach her the song that shes always singing, when Maria arrives at the von Trappe house, she is greeted coldly by the Captain and introduced to the children, who enter with military precision. Maria finds that the Captain has emotionally closed himself off since the death of his wife and decides to teach his children the basics of singing to gain their trust, when his children arrive dressed in clothes Maria had made from her old bedroom curtains he is outraged and embarrassed. Maria then confronts him and tells him how he does not know or understand his children, however, upon hearing his children sing to Schraeder, his eyes are open to the truth Maria had been speaking and he embraces his children and ask Maria to stay on as governess. He then throws a party for Schraeder and when the band plays the Ländler, the captains youngest son asks Maria to teach him the dance. As the two dance an unspoken attraction begins to arise in the two and Maria puts a stop to the dancing, however, this unspoken attraction did not go unnoticed by Brigitta who confronts Maria on this. Though Maria strongly denies it she begins to realize that Brigitta is telling the truth, the Mother Abbess denies her this and encourages her to take face her problem head-on and to find the life she was born to live. Maria then returns to the von Trapp home and is greeted by the children. When she finds out that the captain intends to marry Schraeder she decides to see her duties through until arrangements can be made for a new governess. However, the differences between Schraeder and the captain cause the two to realize that they have no future together and she leaves. Meanwhile, the captain confronts Maria and the two admit their feelings for each other, the two agree to marry at the Abbey and while the two are on honeymoon, Germany invades Austria. When they return, the captain is ordered to accept a commission in the German Navy and they are granted permission to perform. During the finale, Max announces that a guard of honor is waiting to escort the captain away as soon as the concert is over, Maria leads the family in one more song to which they escape to one by one and flee to the Abbey