Category:2010s American television specials
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1. 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief – 12-12-12, The Concert for Sandy Relief was a benefit concert that took place on December 12,2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert was broadcast live via television, radio, movie theaters and the Internet, a documentary film was also made about the concert. Proceeds from the event were collected by the Robin Hood Relief Fund to benefit victims of the hurricane in New York, New Jersey, the venue and on sale date for tickets were announced in early December. Madison Square Garden had originally been reserved on December 12 for a New York Rangers game against the Montreal Canadiens that was among the many canceled due to the 2012 NHL lockout. Proceeds from the event went to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and benefit victims of the hurricane in areas most impacted, especially New York, New Jersey, more than $30 million was raised through ticket sales alone. Tickets for the event went on sale through Ticketmaster on December 3,2012, tickets quickly sold out in minutes. The face-value of tickets ranged from $150 to $2,500, by December 7,2012, tickets for the floor in front of the stage were listed for as much as $48,000 while those in the upper level were going for $525 to $3,000. Producers of the event urged people to not buy from these secondary websites because the money no longer goes to charity, a spokesman for StubHub, Glenn Lehrman, said it did not have the technology to require sellers to give their profits to charity. StubHub gave its commissions of more than $500,000 to the charity and she said Ticketmaster had blocked thousands of sales to buyers that it identified as using these programs. TicketLiquidator, another secondary re-sale website, also said that it had declined to carry tickets for the concert, there were also some incidents of counterfeit tickets. The concert was simulcast live on 39 U. S. television stations, including HBO, AMC, Showtime and AXS TV and it was also streamed on over twenty-five websites, including Fuse. tv, MTV. com, AOL, Yahoo. YouTube, SiriusXM, Hulu, and Vevo and over fifty radio stations, select movie theaters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut displayed the concert as well. Ion Television, Live Well Network and MundoFox were the only national over-the-air broadcasters to carry the concert, locally, the PBS consortium WNET/WLIW/NJTV carried it on their stations, along with CBSs WLNY and WRNN-TV. WPSG carried the show locally in Philadelphia, the event began at 7,30 pm and ran until 1,20 am. org, the concerts official website
2. 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee – The 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held from May 31 - June 2,2011 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland near Washington, D. C. The champion was 14-year-old Sukanya Roy, who was the ninth Indian-American champion in the past thirteen competitions and this year was the seventh time the champion has come from Pennsylvania. This was the year in a row than an Indian-American won the competition. During the last rounds of the final five spellers,20 words were spelled correctly and this is the equivalent of 4 full competition rounds with no incorrectly spelled words. This year, the Bee also lasted approximately 3 full hours,1.5 hours more than the scheduled length. Sukanya Roy, of South Abington Township, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, representing the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, laura Newcombe, of Toronto, Ontario, was the runner-up. She was eliminated by the word sorites as psorites, joanna Ye, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Arvind Mahankali, of Forest Hills, New York, tied for third place. Ye was eliminated by the word galoubet as galubey, while Mahankali misspelled jugendstil as uguntschtiel, dakota Jones, of Las Vegas, Nevada, placed fifth, he was eliminated by the word zanja, spelling it as zangha. Veronica Penny, of Rockland, Ontario, Dhivya Senthil Murugan, of Denver, Colorado, Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, New York, and Mashad Arora of Brownsville, Texas, tied for sixth place. Lily Jordan, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Nabeel Rahman, of Buffalo, New York, samuel Estep, of Berryville, Virginia, placed thirteenth. Scripps National Spelling Bee official website
3. 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee – The 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee was held at the Gaylord National, in Oxon Hill, Maryland from May 27 to May 31,2012, and was broadcast live on ESPN3. The championship finals occurred on May 31,2012, the winner was Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego, California. She was the fifth consecutive Indian American, to win the competition and, the runner-up was Stuti Mishra from West Melbourne, Florida, who misspelled schwarmerei and was eliminated. Her school received a plaque from Scripps, the enrollment started on August 16,2011, and ended on October 17,2011, while the late enrollment ran until December 2011. 278 spellers competed for the title of champion, Round One was a computerized spelling test taken by all contestants. Spellers had to spell 50 words, but only 25 counted toward each speller’s preliminary score, scores from the test were combined with the results of Rounds Two and Three to determine the semifinalists. All 278 spellers were onstage during Rounds Two and Three, no one was eliminated during those rounds. Immediately after the conclusion of Round Three, officials determined the semifinalists, during the semifinals, a speller was out of the competition once he or she misspells. If only one speller correctly spelled a word during a round, if that word was spelled correctly, that speller would be named champion of the spelling bee. Of the 278 spellers,136 were boys and 142 were girls, six-year-old Lori Anne Madison was the youngest speller in bee history. 20 spellers had at least one relative who has competed in national finals. 52 spellers have competed twice in competition,14 have competed three times, four have competed four times, and two have competed five times, Scripps National Spelling Bee official website
4. The Concert for Valor – The Concert for Valor was a Veterans Day concert that took place on November 11,2014, on the National Mall in Washington, D. C. The concert was put together by HBO, Chase, and Starbucks, performers included Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, Rihanna, Eminem, Zac Brown Band, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Dave Grohl, and Jessie J. The show featured onstage hosts Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, John Oliver, there were special tributes by Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority expected as many as 800,000 attendees to the 2014 event and this estimate was based on a permit filed with the United States Park Police. In actuality, newspapers reported that about 100,000 people attended, a couple of the performances drew questions as to their propriety for the event, one for Fortunate Son on its lyrics and one for Eminem on his profanity-laced tribute to Veterans Day
5. Dan Deacon: U.S.A. – Dan Deacon, U. S. A. is the first television special of the American anthology series Off the Air. The special was edited and directed by creator and executive producer Dave Hughes, the episode incorporates surreal footage of landscapes in the United States, with music by Dan Deacon from the album America. The special was commissioned by Williams Street Records as part of the Adult Swim 2013 Singles Program, the episode coincided with the release of another track by Deacon entitled Why Am I on This Cloud. Featuring samples from other Adult Swim programming, promoted as a one-time airing by members of the production staff, the episode premiered on Adult Swim on July 6,2013. The special was viewed by 962,000 viewers and received a 0.8 rating among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, the episode received positive critical reception from music journalist websites for its psychedelic visuals and uses of American iconography. Excluding its closing credits, the features the last four tracks from the album America by Dan Deacon. Director and editor Dave Hughes had previously collaborated with Deacon in 2008 for his song Okie Dokie from the album Spiderman of the Rings, the short film Head On by Lior Ben Horin was featured in the a previous episode of the series entitled Color. According to Hughes, the special was commissioned to coincide with the release of Deacons track for the compilation album, Deacons track was released on William Street Records website on June 26,2013, entitled Why Am I on This Cloud. The song features samples from other Adult Swim programming, despite the specials national focus, the episode culls works from artists worldwide. Hughes, along with associate producer Cody DeMatteis, utilized Adobe After Effects for some aspects of post-production editing, the special makes extensive use of compression artifacts for artistic effect, namely datamoshing, where two videos are interleaved so intermediate frames are interpolated from two separate sources. The technique referred to as stacking, in which time-lapse photographs are composited on top of one another, was also utilized for the NASA John Space Center footage. Dan Deacon, U. S. A. aired on July 6,2013 on Cartoon Networks late-night programming block, the special was viewed by 962,000 viewers and received a 0.8 Nielsen rating in the 18–49 demographic. The episode was released onto Adult Swims website on July 1,2013. Critical reception was positive, especially from music journalist websites, who praised its psychedelic visuals, consequence of Sounds Michael Roffman compared the scenic visuals to Koyaanisqatsi and 2001, A Space Odyssey. Magazines Alex Hudson called the special accompanied by the ambitious and shapeshifting. Jamie Milton of This Is Fake DIY described the episode as a slice of national pride. An article by Fact magazine described the episode as a compilation of eye-popping scenes, nancy Hoang of CMJ praised the episodes visuals, highlighting the incorporation of the short film Murmuration by Liberty Smith and Sophie Windsor Clive. Chris Martins of Spin magazine enjoyed the colorful and psychedelic visuals and he found the episode appealing to stoner culture, ending his review stating that the special is tailor-made for late nights in haze-filled dorm rooms
6. The Decision (TV special) – It was broadcast live on ESPN on July 8,2010. James was a free agent after playing seven seasons in Cleveland, where he was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player. He grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio, where he received attention as a high school basketball star. James was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where he received attention as a high school basketball star at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School. He was drafted out of school by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft. He played the first seven seasons of his career in Cleveland, where he was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player. James became an unrestricted free-agent at 12,01 am EDT on July 1,2010, James was courted by several teams, including the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Cavaliers. Freelance sportscaster Jim Gray pitched the idea to James management and ESPN for a show in which James would announce his decision. Gray once worked for ESPN, and James management team insisted that Gray be involved in the interview, ESPN gave away the airtime, allowing James team to sell ads in exchange for the news story. On July 8,2010, ESPN aired a special named The Decision that ran 75 minutes. At 9,28 p. m EDT, James announced that he would play with the Heat in the 2010–11 season, teaming with Miamis other All-Star free agent signees Dwyane Wade, in this fall Im going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat. And I feel like I can compete down there, the announcement, which was not made until nearly 30 minutes into the program, was part of a conversation between James and Gray. Broadcast from the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Connecticut, the show raised an additional $3.5 million from advertisement revenue which was donated to other various charities. Riley sold to James that LeBron would be Magic Johnson, Dwyane Wade would be Kobe Bryant, relieved of the burden of scoring, James thought he could be the first player to average a triple-double in a season since Oscar Robertson. The Cavaliers were informed of James decision minutes before the show began, Cleveland topped all markets with a 26.0 Nielsen rating and 39 share. The shows Nielsen ratings were 6.1 in households, and 4.1 in 18-49, the show drew criticism for the prolonged wait until James actual decision and the spectacle of the show itself. The phrase taking my talents to South Beach became a line for critics. In Cleveland, fans considered James departure a betrayal that ranks second to The Move, associated Press wrote that The Decision joined The Move, The Drive, The Shot, and The Fumble in Clevelands sports hall of shame
7. Eaten Alive (TV special) – Eaten Alive is an American nature documentary special which aired on Discovery Channel on December 7,2014. The special was also purportedly to feature Rosolie being eaten by an anaconda, after its premiere, Eaten Alive was widely criticized for false advertising. It did feature Rosolie attempting to feed himself to an anaconda, and the snake did attack, the stunt itself was called off due to safety concerns. One critic compared the special to The Mystery of Al Capones Vaults—a television event that ended with a disappointing outcome that did not meet promoted expectations. A teaser for Eaten Alive was first broadcast during Discovery Channels telecast of Nik Wallendas high wire crossings in Chicago on November 2,2014, the special purported to feature Paul Rosolie being eaten by, and retrieved from, a live anaconda. Shortly afterward, Discovery Channel released further information surrounding the special and he explained that Eaten Alive was intended to draw attention to wildlife conservation, stating, Ive seen first-hand how the Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed. It is so rampant that we may be the last generation with the opportunity to save it, people need to wake up to what is going on. What better way is there to shock people than to put my life on the line with the largest snake on the planet, the statements also implied his survival of the stunt, as the special had already been filmed. Rosolie wore a custom-built snake-proof suit whilst performing the stunt to keep him and the snake safe, and to counter threats that would be encountered during the stunt. The suit was designed to withstand up to 300 psi of pressure, Rosolie also ingested a wireless device which allowed his crew to monitor his vital signs. org urging Discovery Channel to pull the special reached over 25,000 signatures. Shame on this pseudo wildlife expert for tormenting this animal, and his eventual goal was to be eaten by the snake in an effort to promote wildlife conservation. Rosolie and his crew were unable to find Chumana, but he continued with his goal of being eaten by an anaconda. Rosolie was supplied with a captive,20 foot anaconda for use in the stunt, and he equipped himself with a specially designed protective suit, as it had affected his range of motion, Rosolie removed some of the padding from his suit that protected his arms. While the snake would constrict him and attempt to bite his head, Rosolie halted the stunt after an hour, in regards to the outcome, Rosolie explained that the anaconda my arm into a position where her force was fully on my exposed arm. I started to feel the blood out of my hand. And when I got to the point where I felt like it was going to snap, the special was seen by 4.1 million viewers, making it Discovery Channels highest-rated nature program since Life in 2010. It was also the second-most popular television program of the night on social media and she compared the special to Shark Week, the aforementioned Nik Wallenda specials, and fictitious mermaid documentaries broadcast by sister network Animal Planet. Although promotional material on Discovery Channels website claimed that Rosolie would enter the anaconda, moylan believed that much like the vault, Rosolie is also nothing more than a lot of dust and a few empty Coke bottles
8. First Night 2013 with Jamie Kennedy – First Night 2013 with Jamie Kennedy is a New Years Eve television special that was hosted by comedian and television producer Jamie Kennedy. The special was aired locally on the Orange County-based independent station KDOC-TV, after its broadcast, First Night became infamous for its low quality, as exhibited in a montage of scenes from the special that were discovered on YouTube by fellow comedian Patton Oswalt. The special suffered from a number of technical problems, featured scenes described as being surreal. Club ultimately praised it for meeting Kennedys stated goal, Kennedy suggested the idea of hosting a New Years special on KDOC-TV in November 2012 whilst watching the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade with a friend from the station. Following Thanksgiving, he used the final weeks of the year to attract sponsors. In planning the special, Kennedy was influenced by the style of Jerry Lewiss MDA telethon, promising a broadcast which would be fun and spontaneous and leave viewers guessing what would happen next. Although several fleeting expletives from open microphones were also broadcast during the special, jessi Cruickshank interviewed guests throughout the show, such as actor Drake Bell and Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper. As part of an interview outside a nightclub, Bridget Marquardt was encouraged by Cruickshank to eat a Turkey Jalapeño burger from show sponsor Carls Jr. in a sexually suggestive manner. Kennedy also starred in a comedy sketch promoting Commerce Casino. Prior to the arrival of midnight, singer Macy Gray performed I Try, along with a medley of other songs. Due to her speech and an occurrence where she thought that the time was only 11,15 p. m. instead of 11,50 p. m. it was speculated by critics that Gray may have been drunk during the performance. Kennedy has personally denied that this was the case, however, during the countdown to 2013, Kennedy was unable to find a clock, and the casts countdown to 2013 was completed 10 seconds late. Following midnight, the rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony performed their songs 1st of tha Month, whilst signing-off at the end of the show, Kennedy declared that the show was ending with a fight, as promised, a fight began to break out on-stage. Following its broadcast, Burbank-based actor and comedian Shaun Broyls posted footage from the special on YouTube, when the footage was posted on Twitter by fellow comedian Patton Oswalt, the footage quickly went viral, and was picked up by a number of blogs and news outlets. Professional wrestler Adam Pearce attended the event in person, but did not notice any abnormalities aside from the fight at the end, however, Pearce did not rule out the possibility that certain aspects of the show may had been intentionally engineered to increase the possibility of disorder. Rabin criticized Kennedys opening monologue for potentially being anti-comedy or just bad material, Kennedy was also panned for his Commerce Casino sketch, which Rabin felt was racist in its grotesque minstrelsy of Native American culture, and not funny. In conclusion, however, Rabin praised the special for its unexpectedly surreal nature, considering it the least professional, in a later article in December 2013, The A. V
9. For-Profit Online University – For-Profit Online University is a television special written and directed by Sam West for Adult Swim. The special is presented as an infomercial parodying for-profit universities, the special is co-written by Wild, Aggressive Dog, a conglomerate of former Onion writers, consisting of Geoff Haggerty, Dan E. Klein, Matthew Klinman, Michael Pielocik, Chris Sartinsky and Sam West. The special aired on December 17,2013 at 4 a. m. on Cartoon Networks late-night programming block, the special was viewed by 871,000 viewers and received a 0.6 rating in the 18–49 demographic Nielsen household rating. The infomercial consists of various students giving testimonies of their success, owing it to the school, students pay for knowledge instead of attending traditional classes, and are offered jobs as Digital Gardeners, solving CATPCHA for digital currency. For-Profit Online University aired on December 17,2013, at 4 a. m. on Cartoon Networks late-night programming block, the special was published onto Adult Swims YouTube channel the same day. Initially made private on their channel, the special became viral online after being spotted by comedy blogs, the special was viewed by 871,000 viewers and received a 0.6 rating in the 18–49 demographic Nielsen household rating. Dan Simmons of the Wisconsin State Journal praised the special as hilariously parodying what some in academia fear is a movement toward commodifying college. Andy Thomason of The Chronicle of Higher Education called the presentation of the special brutal in its criticism of both for-profit and traditional universities, gaby Dunn of The Daily Dot compared the fictional college to the University of Phoenix in her review of the special. Laughing Squids EDW Lynch called the infomercial hilarous, while Splitsider stated of all of Adult Swims faux-infomericals, the special was the best one yet
10. Freaknik: The Musical – Freaknik, The Musical is a musical television special produced by T-Pain. It was scheduled to air on Cartoon Networks late night programming block Adult Swim sometime in 2009, the musical is based on the actual music festival of the same name that used to take place in Atlanta, Georgia. A soundtrack was released by Jive Records and Nappy Boy records on April 20,2010, the 90-minute uncut version of Freaknik, The Musical has been released on DVD and other forms of home media. The movie starts at a party that a group of claims is the best party they have ever attended. An elderly man joins the party and explains the history of Freaknik and he tells them that Freaknik threw the biggest party of all time, until it was broken up by the police, he claims the police killed Freaknik. The group is led by the old man in summoning Freaknik. The scene changes to an announcer named Mr. Thanksgiving. Mr. Thanksgiving and Freaknik explain that a rapping contest will be held, the victor of which will get a supply of money, clothes. The group decides to drive to Atlanta to participate in the aforementioned contest, during their journey, Light Skin tells of a secret society of African Americans called the Boule, fraternity parlance for a council of noblemen, that seeks to guide the course of black culture. The members of this organization are parodies of Oprah Winfrey, Al Sharpton, Bill Cosby, Russell Simmons, O. J. Simpson and they wear medallions inscribed 10%, an allusion to the W. E. B. Du Bois essay The Talented Tenth, which says that a class of members of the black race will rise to lead it. The Sweet Tea Mobsters make a number of pit stops, including a detour at a fraternity party where they meet two alcoholic fraternity members. While Virgil is fueling the gas tank, A car, inhabited by four sexy-looking women named Leacosia, Toprameneesha, Obamaniqua and he tried to refuse, but the girls beg in song, besides Leacosia giving Virgil a kiss in the form of a gun. At the party, the group meets the Fruit Bowl Boys, on their long, winding road trip, the Sweet Tea Mob gets lost in New Orleans and are confronted by a gangster who makes them visit his boss, Trap Jesus. Upon meeting Trap Jesus, the group loses hope, thinking it is the end, however, they crash the Lamborghini when Big Uzi becomes enraged after hearing the Fruit Bowl Boys rapping about his jail experience. The group gives up except Virgil, who believes that winning the contest is their destiny, the rest of the group still doesnt believe him until they are given a ride in an airplane by the Flying Malcolms. Meanwhile, the Freaknik character is elected the ghost mayor of Atlanta, soon after, President Barack Obama hands the presidency over to the ghost of Freaknik, a move that greatly angers Oprah, which wants to see Freaknik destroyed. She devises a plan to send a giant robotic monster called the Perminator to Atlanta to destroy Freaknik, meanwhile, at the party, the Fruit Bowl Boys begin singing Shank Ya in the Shower
11. 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
12. Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale – Kelly Clarksons Cautionary Christmas Music Tale is a Christmas television special produced by Done and Dusted for NBC. With its musical performances filmed live at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 30,2013, the special won a Gold World Medal for best Variety Special in the New York Festival’s International Television & Film Awards. The special was aired on December 23,2014 and December 17,2015, the story is narrated by a little girl, who sits in a chair and reads the story from a book. Kellys career has been fading, so she, her manager and her assistant Chad make a plan to revive it, Kelly decides to do a Christmas special and makes a deal with a NBC executive that many celebrities will star in her special. She also says that children benefit from the special, although it is only a pretext to have more publicity for the special. Kelly promotes it on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and she manages to get Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood to sing Silent Night with her on her special by blackmailing them. Kelly wants more celebrities including George Clooney, nevertheless, everyone including Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Danica Patrick and Heidi Klum declines. Kelly is furious and fires her assistant Chad, the only one who wants to participate is Blake Shelton but Kelly is afraid that he would overshadow her. She makes him sew her dresses and iron them, when he asks her what she wants to do for the finale, she is not paying much attention and replies that probably something with elves. On the night of the finale, Kelly faces the humiliation of being unable to get any celebrities to join her and she panics and runs away from the theater, where the special is shot. Kelly encounters a man begging on the street with a little girl, the man turns out to be Chad and the girl is his little sister, Poppy. When he sees that Kelly is cold, he gives her his coat, Kelly is moved when she sees all the homeless children who live there. Chad give some sweets to the children and Poppy gives her own candy cane to Kelly, Kelly is touched by her generosity and realizes that she was wrong and that Christmas is not about her career. Having nothing else to give, she sings White Christmas to the people in the shelter, when she finishes, Chad tells her that he managed to get George Clooney on the phone and that he was available for the special. Much to his surprise, Kelly only wishes Merry Christmas to Clooney, meanwhile, a video of Kelly singing White Christmas has gone viral on YouTube, having more than 25 million views, and the fact is announced by Matt Lauer. When the celebrities who refused to participate in the special before see it, nevertheless, Kelly does not pick up her phone. Instead she invites Poppy and her new Boston and Seattle friends to join her on stage, when Kelly heads home after the performance, she meets Blake Shelton who is wearing an elf costume. He bitterly yells at her for not including him into her special, the story ends with the narrator saying and they all lived happily ever after to which Kelly replies for the most part, anyway and winks at the camera
13. 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
14. Live Forever as You Are Now with Alan Resnick – Live Forever as You Are Now with Alan Resnick is a television special written, created and directed by Alan Resnick and Ben OBrien for Adult Swim. The special is presented as a parody of infomercials, advertising a four-step program for creating a digital avatar that acts a backup of its host. The special is hosted by Alan Resnick as himself, and is presented by Dan Deacon, both, along with OBrien, are members of the Baltimore-based art collective Wham City, who co-produced the episode under their video production division, AB Video Solutions. The special aired on December 24,2013 at 4 a. m. on Cartoon Networks late-night programming block, the special was viewed by 926,000 viewers and received a Nielsen household rating of 0.7. Critical reception was positive, with both the humor and the performances receiving praise, Alan Resnick, an emerging young tech expert and innovator, is introduced to the viewer. He tells the audience of his program to create a digital avatar that acts as a backup of its host. He tells the audience of his past, two years ago, Resnick was banished to his couch after getting into a spat with his wife. He dreamt of himself in a meadow with an attractive. He initially refuses, but then changes his mind, but before they are able to do so, he is shot with a gun by a nameless man and this gave him the idea to come up with a way to digitally back himself up. Two months pass, and he is able to create a digital copy of himself who calls himself Teddy. Teddy, an avatar head, acts as the co-host for the remainder of the program. The subject comes over to Resnicks house, where blindingly bright patterns are projected into their eyes and these patterns will be queered by their head form, generating three-point axes, which are then booleaned to generate a three-dimensional mesh of their head. All the information will be scanned into the USB flash drive of the subjects computer, various testimonials are then given, a widower and textbook salesman Ryan Syrell tells of the reconstruction of his wife Morgan and the creation of his own avatar. Jordan Card, a woman, shows off her digital avatar. Chester Gwazda, a young boy, says that it was his mothers idea. Concluding his seminar, Resnick thanks his audience and Teddy, who speaks again of the love for his wife, a frustrated Resnick scolds his creation and informs the audience that his avatar is autonomous, and that he is being manipulative and disappointing. He reminds the viewer to purchase his program through the following informational screen, the series was originally developed as a comedy sketch by Alan Resnick, as part of his comedy tours with the Baltimore-based art collective Wham City, best known for their work with Dan Deacon. The skit, first conceived in 2009 and roughly modeled after TED Talks, long-time associate Ben OBrien co-produced, directed and edited the special along with Resnick
15. Mockingbird Lane – Mockingbird Lane is a 2012 television special developed as a re-imagining of the 1960s CBS sitcom The Munsters. It was developed for NBC by Bryan Fuller, the pilot episode aired on October 26,2012, as a Halloween special, with the option for a series order. The special was viewed by 5.47 million American viewers, on December 27,2012, NBC announced that it would not be taking Mockingbird Lane to series. A reboot of The Munsters, it was written and executive produced by Fuller as a drama with spectacular visuals. It explored the origins of the Munster family and was darker and edgier, the costumes and make-up for the characters were heavily toned down to have them more closely resemble humans. Jerry OConnell as Herman Munster, a man made from parts of other people, unlike Herman in the original series, Herman looks human except for some very obvious scars. He is very intelligent but has a sensitive heart and he loves his family, and to a lesser extent his father-in-law. His heart, the last remaining part from his body, is dying because he loves too hard. Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster the elegant matriarch of the Munster family, unlike her father, Lily tries not to attack or manipulate humans. She loves her very much and only wants them safe. Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster Lilys niece, is a human with a dark secret. She is considered the oddball of the family because she looks and her mother tried to eat her, but Grandpa talked her out of it. Mason Cook as Eddie Munster, an apparently normal adolescent boy who does not initially know that he is a werewolf, when Herman and Lily are forced to break this news to him, they obtain for him a pet dragon to watch over him during his transformations. Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Lilys father, also a vampire and he likes to act like he is the head of the family. He enjoys making wisecracks at Hermans expense and this version of Grandpa is much darker than the character in the original series, exhibiting predatory behavior and a fondness for murder and mind control. Cheyenne Jackson as Scoutmaster Steve, a widower and leader of Eddies scout troop who becomes smitten with Lily, Grandpa plots to kill him so he can feed off his blood and replace Hermans heart, despite Hermans clear protests. Grandpa gets his way when Steve dies in an accident, beth Grant as Marianne Marie Beetle, the paraplegic busybody neighbor who takes a very keen interest in the strange new family next door. Guy Perry, as Werewolf John Kassir as Tim, Maries husband, NBC confirmed ordering the pilot episode in November 2011 and announced in January 2012 that it would be called Mockingbird Lane, a reference to the Munster family address at 1313 Mockingbird Lane
16. Peter Pan Live! – Peter Pan Live. is a television special that was broadcast by NBC on December 4,2014. NBCs entertainment head Bob Greenblatt would sign Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who served as the producers of the special. Additionally, the served as a follow-up to three productions of Peter Pan produced for NBC in 1955,1956, and 1960 that featured cast members from its original Broadway run. In January 2014, NBC announced that its next musical would be an adaptation of the 1954 musical Peter Pan, whilst producing The Sound of Music Live. Zadan and Meron shared a fondness for creating what Meron described as moments of theatricality—a practice that carried over into Peter Pan Live. Meron emphasized that the production would not be bound to the limitations of a stage setting, allowing for larger sets. In total, he described the production as a total balls-out musical, the production employed a CGI version of Tinker Bell, rendered live and controlled by a technician, it expressed emotions and thoughts by changing its size and color. This is rehearsed as a show, but then the cameras are there. I’m never even sure when the camera is on me, in total, the production featured 46 cast members, and a production crew of at least 350 members. Admitting that Peter Pan was not as much of a bona fide classic as The Sound of Music, irene Mecchi—who is best-known for her screenwriting contributions to films such as The Lion King, was brought in to strengthen and deepen the portrayal of Captain Hook in the production. As in The Sound of Music Live, Walmart served as a major sponsor of the telecast. NBC produced five themed Walmart commercials starring Melissa Joan Hart and her family, the commercials featured allusions to Peter Pan and presentations of products from the store. A soundtrack was released on digital and physical format by Broadway Records on December 16,2014. Aired on the night of December 4,2014 on NBC and was met with public and critical reactions. After a mediocre reception to the networks The Sound of Music Live, from 2013, many viewers were wary of the new production. Lead actress Allison Williams warned viewers in a interview with entertainment weekly “I will say this about last year, and I’m on a show that’s cynical in tone so I’m no stranger to that … Hate-watching is a thing. It’s a whole way of watching something, and it’s not an audience that’s natural to a non-cynical performance, Peter Pan, you cannot watch cynically. If you do, you’re going to hate it, no question and she said almost the opposite to NPR, which reported that NBC expected that hate-watchers would help the event to succeed
17. 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
18. 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
19. Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special – This special generated 23.1 million viewers, becoming NBCs most-watched prime-time, non-sports, entertainment telecast since the Friends series finale in 2004. It is the third such anniversary special to be broadcast, with celebratory episodes also held during the 15th and 25th seasons, a handful of commercial parodies, including Colon Blow and Mom Jeans, reran as they originally appeared on the show. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake appeared in the open, performing a History of Rap-esque musical number referencing famous sketches from the shows history. Rachel Dratch and Molly Shannon appeared as Debbie Downer and Mary Katherine Gallagher, Dan Aykroyd and Laraine Newman appeared during the Super Bass-O-Matic 2150 sketch, referencing a sketch originally done during the shows first season. Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Kate McKinnon, Alec Baldwin, Norm Macdonald, Taran Killam, Jim Carrey, and Kenan Thompson appeared during the Celebrity Jeopardy. Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Melissa McCarthy, and Bobby Moynihan appeared during Weekend Update, which was anchored by Jane Curtin, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. Norm Macdonald, Seth Meyers, Kevin Nealon, and Colin Quinn introduced a tribute to Chevy Chase, will Forte and Jason Sudeikis appeared during the ESPN Classics sketch. Chris Rock introduced a tribute to Eddie Murphy, Bill Hader, Chris Parnell, Andy Samberg, and Adam Sandler appeared during the SNL Digital Short Thats When You Break, introduced by Zach Galifianakis. Bill Murray introduced an In Memoriam tribute to deceased SNL cast and crew members, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey appeared in the Waynes World sketch reprising their roles as Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar. The sketch also featured an appearance by Kanye West. Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning, and Louis C. K. introduced clips dedicated to New York City, politics, sports, the show included musical performances by, Paul McCartney, introduced by Keith Richards, performed Maybe Im Amazed. Miley Cyrus, introduced by Candice Bergen and Win Butler, performed 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Kanye West, introduced by Christopher Walken, performed a medley of Jesus Walks, Only One, and Wolves. Paul Simon, introduced by Jack White, performed Still Crazy After All These Years and this special assembled together a large list of current and former cast members, hosts, and musical acts from throughout the shows forty seasons. Show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels stated that every host and most musical guests were invited, ultimately, over a hundred in all were then confirmed to appear. In the opening sequence,80 performers were credited, unlike a regular episode, all performers were credited as repertory. Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Bayer, Jim Belushi, Candice Bergen, Win Butler, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Louis C. K. Also in attendance were Arcade Fire, Tom Arnold, The B-52s, Backstreet Boys, Christine Baranski, Lance Bass, Beck Bennett, Michael Bolton, Jim Breuer, A. Simmons, Christian Slater, Robert Smigel, G. E. Smith, J. B. Smoove, Trey Songz, Steven Spielberg, Julia Sweeney, Alex Trebek, Joe Torre, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Christopher Walken
20. Skyscraper Live – Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda is a Discovery Channel special that aired on November 2,2014. The special was billed as a walk by Nik Wallenda across the city of Chicago in the United States. Specifically, he walked wires between three skyscrapers all of which are taller than the Washington Monument, on one of the walks, he was blindfolded, on the other the wire was at a 19 degree incline. The event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel in the United States, viewing figures for the special ranked it as one of the most live watched broadcasts on American television since 2010. An official mobile game, SkyBalance by Nik Wallenda, was developed by Tapinator. Critical reaction to the event was largely positive, even Wallendas training and preparation for this event received substantial attention. In the special, highwire artist Nik Wallenda walked along a tightrope between three buildings in Chicago, without a tether or net to him if he fell. After completing the first walk, he undertook a second attempt while blindfolded, Wallenda completed the first walk in seven minute, and did the blindfolded walk in a little over a minute. The telecast was on a delay in case something went wrong with Wallendas walk. Nik Wallenda is a seventh member of The Flying Wallendas. Skyscraper Live was broadcast live in over 200 countries worldwide and it was a ratings success in the United States, ranking as Discoverys most watched live telecast of the year. However, its viewership was less than for their previous Nik Wallenda special, Skywire Live, the show generated a lot of interest on social media. According to the Nielsen rankings, Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda became Discovery Channels highest rated live telecast of 2014 and it had an average of 5.82 million total viewers and the blindfold section of the challenge was watched by 6.72 million people. The show, as a whole, registered an average of 2.17 among 25- to 54-year-olds, the television ratings site TVbytheNumbers confirmed that, excluding last years Skywire Live, Skyscraper Live was Discovery Channels most watched telecast since 2010. The telecast also featured a teaser for the then-upcoming Discovery Channel special Eaten Alive, the reaction from critics to Wallendas latest dangerous televised act was largely positive. Melissa Locker of TIME magazine described the stunts as thrilling and that s years of experience dont make his stunts any less harrowing to watch, varietys Brian Lowry was less than complimentary about the presenters, writing Willie Geist and Natalie Morales. Merely seemed to prove that they will say any inane thing put in front of them on a teleprompter - over and over again. He also wrote that its not to lament the notion of major news divisions thrusting so much effort