Category:American Broadcasting Company television specials
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The following 70 pages are in this category, out of 70 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 70 pages are in this category, out of 70 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Alice Cooper: The Nightmare – Alice Cooper, The Nightmare was a conceptual television special showcasing the music of the Welcome To My Nightmare album by Alice Cooper. It originally broadcast in North America on April 25,1975 by ABC, in the TV special, Alice Cooper stars as Steven who is trapped in a nightmare he cant wake up from and tries to escape. Vincent Price also appears throughout the special, starring as the Spirit of the Nightmare, the special features the Welcome To My Nightmare album in its entirety, with the addition of the song Ballad of Dwight Fry from the Alice Cooper album Love It to Death. In 1983 the TV special was released on VHS and Betamax home video in the US and it has not yet been issued on domestic Blu-ray or DVD. This special won an Emmy in 1976 for Outstanding Achievement in Video Tape Editing for a Special and its home video release gained a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Video Album in 1984. When it was originally broadcast on television in 1975, the lyrics to Only Women Bleed were slightly changed, a portion of this version is featured on the Alice Cooper, Prime Cuts video, which was initially released in 1991. Welcome to My Nightmare Devils Food Some Folks Only Women Bleed Cold Ethyl The Black Widow Years Ago Department of Youth Years Ago Steven The Awakening Ballad of Dwight Fry Escape The Awakening
2. Benji's Very Own Christmas Story – Benjis Very Own Christmas Story is a 1978 American Christmas television special featuring Benji the dog and is one of two such Benji specials to have been nominated for an Emmy Award. Patsy Garrett and Cynthia Smith reprise their roles as Mary. The special was broadcast on ABC on December 7,1978, Mary and Cindy from the Benji films are on a promotional tour in Switzerland and are asked to be grand marshalls of a Christmas parade in Zermatt. Due to a broken leg Kris Kringle is sending his elves out to deliver presents, with help from Mary and Cindy, Kringle realizes the true meaning of Christmas and performs a musical number showing how Saint Nicholas appears all over the world. Benjean as Benji Patsy Garrett as Mary Cynthia Smith as Cindy Chapman Ron Moody as Kris Kringle, actress Cynthia Smith was nominated for a Youth in Film Award in 1979 for her performance. The other nominations in her category were Patsy Kensit for Hanover Street, Brooke Shields for Just You and Me, Kid, Mariel Hemingway for Manhattan, the winner was Diane Lane for A Little Romance. The film was nominated in the category of Best TV Series or Special Featuring Youth. Also nominated in the category were The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie. Official web site of Benji and Joe Camp Benjis Very Own Christmas Story at the Internet Movie Database Benjis Very Own Christmas Story at AllMovie Benjis Very Own Christmas Story at Rotten Tomatoes
3. Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue – The show was produced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and Southern Star Productions, and was animated overseas by Wang Film Productions Co. Ltd. The plot chronicles the exploits of Michael, a teenager who is using marijuana and his younger sister, Corey, is worried about him because he started acting differently. When her piggy bank goes missing, her cartoon tie-in toys come to life to help her find it, in Coreys bedroom, an unseen person steals her piggy bank from her dresser. The theft is witnessed by Papa Smurf, who emerges from a Smurfs comic book with the other Smurfs, the cartoon characters track down the thief and discover that it is Coreys big brother, Michael. Simon opens a box under Michaels bed and identifies its contents as marijuana, meanwhile, Corey expresses her concerns about Michaels change in behavior. He storms out of the house, the cartoon characters quickly realize that something must be done about his addiction and they set off, leaving Pooh behind to look after Corey. At the arcade, Michael smokes pot with his old friends and Smoke and they run out and are chased into an alleyway by a policeman. The policeman is revealed to be Bugs Bunny wearing a policemans hat. Bugs traps Smoke in a garbage can and uses a machine to see when. Meanwhile, at home, Corey and Michaels parents are concern about their sons behavior, Pooh then approaches her and questions her about Michael, which she responds saying she doesnt want to get Michael into trouble, Pooh however tries to reason with her. Inside a Hall of Mirrors, ALF shows Michael his reflection of how he is today, then his reflection if he not stop taking drugs. When Michael insists that he could if he wants to. Corey and Pooh re-enter Michaels room and find his marijuana box, Smoke appears and throws Pooh inside a cabinet and tempts Corey to try the drug. Corey reasons that if she does what Michael does, then maybe they could have fun together, Michael comes back into his bedroom, just in time to stop Corey from using the drugs herself. He tells her that he never wants to see her end up like him and she advises him to talk about his problems to their parents and to her. Smoke tries to him otherwise, but Michael throws him out of the window. While in a truck, Smoke vows to return saying can bet on it. The various characters owners allowed the use of the characters for free because of the public aspect of the special
4. A Charlie Brown Valentine – A Charlie Brown Valentine is an animated television special, based on characters from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. It features the Peanuts characters during the leading up to Valentines Day. A Charlie Brown Valentine was the first Peanuts special to be produced after the death of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz in 2000, the bulk of the music score is classic melodies composed by Vince Guaraldi, some tunes which had only been utilized once. Other more notable tunes, such as Charlie Brown theme, Peppermint Patty, all themes were performed by David Benoit. She also does not resemble the Heather version in any way and this special begins with Charlie Brown sitting on a bench at lunch, trying to get the nerve to talk to the Little Red Haired Girl, but of course, chickening out. He says he feels silly to chicken out, because he knows he is the type of person she would like and he says I may not be the greatest guy who ever lived, but after all, who is. Im just a type of guy who never gets to meet little red haired girls. Just then, the Little Red Haired Girl walks by, Charlie Brown notices it, picks it up, and sees it has teethmarks in it. He realizes, this means she nibbles on her pencil, and is human. Later that day, Charlie Brown buys a box of chocolates for the Little Red Haired Girl. The next day, Marcie is seen making a Valentines card for Charlie Brown, later that day, Marcie goes over to Charlie Browns house to ask him if he likes her, and all Charlie Brown says is, Do I what. Later, Charlie Brown receives a letter saying I know you like me, Charlie Brown gets very excited thinking its from the Little Red Haired Girl, but Peppermint Patty yells at him, telling him That letter was from me. She leaves Charlie Brown standing there, saying I do, and the next day Marcie calls Charlie Brown to ask him if he likes her, and he gets confused again. Charlie Brown buys the Little Red Haired Girl a valentine, and he tells Snoopy to pretend to be the little Red Haired Girl while he practices delivering the valentine. When Charlie Brown knocks on his door, Snoopy answers with a wig on, Charlie Brown still doesnt know what to do about the Little Red Haired Girl. Linus suggests Charlie Brown should invite her to the school Valentines Day dance, Charlie Brown agrees, but first asks Linus to talk to her to find out if she likes him. Linus goes over and asks her if she likes Charlie Brown, however, the Little Red Haired girl has no idea there was a kid in their class named Charlie Brown. Later, in class, Charlie Brown tries to impress the Little Red Haired Girl by winking at her, however, before she can notice him, the teacher sends Charlie Brown to the nurse because she thinks he is winking because his eye hurts him
5. Cher... Special – Special is a one-off television special by American singer/actress Cher that was broadcast on ABC on April 3,1978 at 9,00 pm ET/PT and was recorded at ABC Studios in Burbank, California. Special was a success for ABC and it was ranked among the Top 10 most watched programs of the week. In the fall of 1978, it was honored with a technical Emmy Award for Best Achievement in Lighting Direction, the show features Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart and The Tubes. As the show begins, there is a spotlight on the floor, I thought I asked you not to mess up my record albums. Cher steps into the spotlight, made up to look like a version of herself with her hair in pigtails. The young Cher sits on the floor and tells her mother that she is upset because she is not blonde and she says all the pretty girls have blonde hair. Her mother tells her daughter that she is beautiful and someday she will realize just how special she really is. Cher tells her mother that she try to understand and explains that she got into the record albums so that she could learn the songs from West Side Story for school. When her mother asks Cher what part she is going to play, Cher replies, Cher stands up, looks directly at the camera, and says, Ladies and gentlemen, for tonight’s entertainment, I am proud to present West Side Story. I will be playing all the parts, for the next fifteen minutes, Cher sings and dances to a medley of songs from the musical, playing both male and female characters. Laverne, Chers most famous character from the days of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. The final segment is a big production number with a medley of songs performed by Cher, Dolly Parton, Cher. Special concludes with Cher saying, Momma, Im still here. Ive got the hair, the same bumpy nose and vampire teeth. But you were right, I feel better about myself now, then Chers nine-year-old daughter Chastity asks, Mom, have you been into my records again. Cher says, my children Chastity and Elijah both have blonde hair, I guess they dont have the advantages of having black hair, but nobody told them it was going to be easy. Then she sings When You Wish upon a Star, as the final credits roll by, Chers young son Elijah Blue Allman comes out and sits on her lap. The performance is a duel between the forces of good and evil to determine where Cher will spend eternity. Dolly Parton is dressed in white and, with a team of brightly clad singers, portrays an angel, while The Tubes, dressed in black leather, songs performed include Smoke and Mondo Bondage, People Get Ready, and My Sweet Lord
6. A Christmas Carol (1971 film) – A Christmas Carol is an Academy Award-winning animated adaptation of Charles Dickenss 1843 venerable novella. It was a film originally broadcast on ABC in the United States. Ghost of Christmas Past Joan Sims, Ghost of Christmas Present Annie West. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Melvyn Hayes, Tiny Tim A Christmas Carol was directed by Richard Williams and its visual style is also largely due to Ken Harris, credited as Master Animator. It starred Alastair Sim as the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge — a role Sim had previously performed in the 1951 live-action film Scrooge, michael Hordern likewise reprised his 1951 performance as Marleys Ghost in the same film. Michael Redgrave narrated the story and veteran animator Chuck Jones served as executive producer, Williams son Alexander Williams, then aged four, provided the voice for Tiny Tim. This adaptation of A Christmas Carol has a look, created by multiple pans and zooms and by innovative. Originally produced as a 1971 television special, A Christmas Carol was considered so well done that it was released theatrically. The film did in fact win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for 1972 and to this day remains the only film adaptation of Dickens story to receive an Academy Award of any sort
7. The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town – The Easter Bunny is Comin to Town is a 1977 Easter stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, and featuring the voice of Fred Astaire as the narrator. It originally premiered on ABC on April 6,1977 at 8 p. m. S. D, kluger returns as a train engineer, but still a mailman to answer questions about the Easter Bunny in the childrens letters. The story begins in the town of Kidville, run by all orphaned children. The children enjoy the life, despite being bothered by Gadzooks the Bear who hates everything to do with the holidays. One Easter morning, they find a baby rabbit, raise him as their own. Sunny, now one year old, makes plans with the children to get what they make for what they need in exchange, including their eggs, a year after being found, Sunny sets off to deliver his eggs. Along the way, he meets a hobo named Hallelujah Jones. However, upon climbing Big Rock Mountain, Sunny runs into Gadzooks who steals his eggs, Bruce complains about wanting to be a normal child, despite his aunts objections. Saddened by this, Sunny heads back to Kidville and explains the problem, Hallelujah and the children dip the eggs in various bowls of paint as a way of tricking Gadzooks. He lies to the bear, saying he is on his way to sell colored stones as paperweights, Gadzooks, befuddled by Sunnys lie, lets him go, demanding to bring him eggs. However, Lily, disappointed in her nephew, chases Sunny out, outlaws eggs, after Bruce tells Sunny that he knew his supper would be more beans, anyway, Sunny promises to bring him very special beans next Easter. The following year, Sunny, Hallelujah, and Herbert the Baker make the first Easter jelly beans. However, upon their way to Town to deliver them, Gadzooks, still angered by Sunnys lie, thinking his eggs are colored stones again, flings them far, far away. All hope seems lost until all the other children hunt the eggs up in bushes and trees, but Lily, outraged, sends her guards out to arrest them, but Sunny and the children promise to return next year. Next Easter, Sunny has the candy maker come up with a weapon of his own for their next visit. Hallelujah suggests Sunny should do something for Bruce so he can stand up to Lily, just as Bruce is about to give Sunny permission to come to Town whenever he wants, Lily arrives to stop him. Bruce tells her that he outranks her, but finds it difficult, afterwards, Lily convinces her gaurds do anything they can to stop Sunny from coming to Town. The following year, Sunny and friends plan to have Gadzooks help them bring all the Easter treats to Town, however, Lilys guards cause the bear to trip and break his leg